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Marine Propulsion Module 1: Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics

The training series Marine Propulsion Systems is a unique technical and international oriented training for those who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of the design of different marine propulsion systems. Topics during the five modules range from different power plant concepts and components to integrating components into properly matched propulsion systems. Working principles and characteristics of propulsors, internal combustion engines and electric power generation and distribution systems will all be dealt with throughout the training series. The series concludes with a module on matching engines with propulsors including off-design operation of propulsion systems. Participants who follow the first, third and fifth module can apply for the Post-academic certification (Pamas).


During the first module ‘Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics’ different power plant concepts and their main components, such as general design considerations and component interaction are discussed. Ship and propeller characteristics are the main topics on the second day.


The participants will learn about the basics of design of marine propulsion systems during the first module. The relation between the operational profile and power plant concepts, as well as interaction between power plant components in terms of their (idealized) characteristics, will be discussed. Also, the basics in ship resistance and hydrodynamics necessary for the design of these systems and propeller characteristics (open water diagram) will be explained. The theory is practised by means of exercises during the modules. At the end of this module the participant will be able to draft a concept design for a marine propulsion system depending on the expected operational profile of a ship.


  • Introduction to: marine engineering, propulsion & electric power systems, diesel engines, transmission systems and propellers.
  • Power demand, load and drive characteristics.
  • Energy conversion and energy flow diagram.
  • Power Plant concepts: direct drive, geared drive, multiple shaft and combined drives, electrical concepts, all electric ship concept and hybrid drives.
  • Resistance: hull resistance, influences of fouling and seaways, interaction hull and propeller.
  • Propulsion: effective power, propulsion power chain, delivered power, propeller law and transmission power chain.
  • Propellers theory: working principle of a propeller, actuator disk theory, open water diagram, 4 quadrant diagrams.
  • Types of propellers and their characteristics: fixed pitch and controllable pitch propellers.
  • Transformation from ship resistance to propeller power, optimum propeller diameter and speed.
  • Water jet operational diagram.

Target group

This module is intended for designers and (sales) engineers who deal with the integration or the design of marine propulsion systems during concept and/or preliminary design phase. It will also be of interest to people who come across aspects of these systems during their (daily) work and who wish to learn more about the working principle of marine propulsion systems. The international setting offers participants a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and to network with colleagues, clients and suppliers. This enables them to position their companies even better in the international shipbuilding cluster.

Course material

The participants will receive the book ‘Design of Propulsion and Electric Power Generation Systems’ by Prof. Klein Woud and Prof. Stapersma (publication by Imarest) and a binder with the lecture slides.


Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) organises the first module in close cooperation with Delft University of Technology. The lecturers are the well-known and respected professor D. Stapersma MSc and assistant professor P. de Vos MSc of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering.


Participants rated this training with an A in 2018.


16 and 17 September 2019


Two days


09.00 – 17.00


NMT – Boompjes 40 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands)


Members € 1.000,-
Non-members € 1.250,-

Costs include all lecture materials, catering and lunches (excluding 21% VAT). When enrolling five or more participants from the same company you will receive a 10% discount.

Pamas certification

Three modules of the Marine Propulsion training series together have a Pamas certification: module 1, module 3 and module 5. Participants that are enrolled for all these three modules together can apply for this special NMT Marine Propulsion Pamas certificate. The Pamas certification is the Dutch certification for technical, maritime post-academic trainings. Participants who have completed these three modules in previous years may also apply for a NMT Marine Propulsion Pamas certificate. For more information about the Pamas certification click here.

Other modules

Marine Propulsion Module 2: Marine Propulsors Characteristics (October 7 & 8)
Marine Propulsion Module 3: Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines Characteristics (October 28 & 29)
Marine Propulsion Module 4: Electrical Drives Characteristics (November 18 & 19)
Marine Propulsion Module 5: Matching Propulsion Engine and Propulsor (December 9 & 10)

More information

Please contact for more information Laura Brouwer, Training 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.