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Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems – Module 1: Introduction Systems Architecture (IS POSTPONED)

The training series Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems covers the main aspects of marine auxiliary systems on board of vessels or offshore platforms. During four modules the participants are given an overview of the main auxiliary systems, their main components, the fundamental working principles and the design aspects & considerations. The theory is practised by means of exercises during the modules. Each module can be followed separately, but combined they provide the participant a complete overview of and the in-depth knowledge required to design all marine auxiliary systems.

Please note: Module 1 is postponed and will not take place on March 25 en 26. At short notice we will inform about the new training data.



Module 1 is intended to give an overview of all relevant aspects of auxiliary system design: functions, systems, components, layout of systems, pump/compressor and system characteristics and their interaction. The module includes both lectures and practical exercises.


Topics include:

  • Introduction into systems engineering: Functions, systems, components
  • Required knowledge of physics in the second and third module: first law of thermodynamics, ideal gas model, incompressible fluids, fluid mechanics, heat transfer. Architecture of (distribution) systems: redundancy considerations and methods, different types of supply systems
  • Systems, considerations and layout
    – Propulsion support systems
    – Cooling
    – Lubrication
    – Fuel cleaning and supply (light and residual fuels)
    – Starting air
    – Survival systems
    – Hazard prevention (bilge systems, ballast system, ballast water treatment, inert gas)
    – Hazard detection
    – Hazard suppression (fire fighting, NBC, escape systems)
    – Hotel systems
    – Freshwater production and distribution|
    – Grey water and sewage collection and treatment
    – General support
    – Fuel loading, transport and storage
    – Heating systems (thermal oil and steam)
    – Chilled water
  • System components|
    – Pump types and characteristics: pump pressure rise for flow type and displacement pumps
    – Compressor and fan types and characteristics
    – Heat exchanger types and characteristics
    – Valves including remote control, flanges
  • System characteristics
    – System impedance
    – System impedance versus pump characteristic; determination operational point
    – Series and parallel operation of pumps and system branches

Participants are made aware of the cost implications of design choices, allowing them to make cost effective system designs. Thanks to its international setting, the course offers companies in the maritime cluster an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and to network with colleagues, clients and/or suppliers. This will enable them to enhance their positioning as a partner in the shipbuilding process.

Target group and lecturers

This module is of interest to system designers, technical purchasers and superintendents. Lecturers include Prof. ir. Douwe Stapersma of the Delft University of Technology and the Royal Netherlands Naval College, assistant professor Peter de Vos MSc and Jasper Wagtendonk of Econosto Nederland BV.


25 and 26 March 2019


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


Day 1: Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) – Boompjes 40 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dag 2: Econosto – Cypresbaan 63 in Capelle aan den IJssel, the Netherlands


Between 12 and 20


Members NMT: €1.000,- per module
Non-members €1.250,- per module

Includes all training materials, catering and lunches (excluding 21% VAT).

Other modules

Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems module 2: Fundamentals Pumps, Compressors and Heat Exchangers
15 and 16 April 2019

Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems module 3: System Engineering
3 and 4 June 2019

Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems module 4: HVAC and refrigeration systems
22 and 23 May 2019

More information

Please contact for more information Laura Brouwer, Event Manager at the NMT office via T +31 (0)88 44 51 014 or E


You will receive a confirmation of participation, including a route description and a list of nearby hotels a few weeks before start of the training.