Training Marine Propulsion Module 2: Diesel and other Marine Internal Combustion Engines

The training series Design of Marine Propulsion Systems is a unique technical and international oriented series for those who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of the design of different marine propulsion systems. Topics during the four 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. As well as a module on matching engines with propulsors including off-design operation of propulsion systems. Participants who follow the first, second and third module can apply for the Post-academic certification (Pamas).


During the second module ‘Diesel and other Marine Internal Combustion Engines’ the working principles and characteristics of different types of internal combustion engines, like diesel, gas and dual-fuel reciprocating engines and gas turbines will be discussed.


The participants will learn about the different types of internal combustion engines; two-stroke vs four-stroke, crosshead vs trunk piston, diesel, gas or dual-fuel engines, etc. How do these engines work? What thermodynamic and other physical processes dictate engine performance? What influences power density? How can fuel consumption (or efficiency) and emissions be calculated? What is the influence of turbocharging on the engine envelope? Such questions, and many more, will be discussed. The required basics of thermodynamics to understand the working principles of the internal combustion engines will be explained as well. Furthermore the working principles and advantages/disadvantages of gas turbines will be discussed. The theory is practised by means of exercises during the modules. At the end of this module the participant will be able to select the right internal combustion engine for a vessel based on the expected operational profile and the different (dis)advantages of different marine internal combustion engines.


  • Internal combustion engines: working principle, indicator diagram, performance, power density, fuel and air consumption, emissions.
  • Turbocharging: pressure charging, operating envelope, sequential turbocharging
  • Air control valves: waste gate, blow-off valve, by-pass valve.
  • Thermodynamics: air cycles, otto cycle, diesel cycle, seiliger (dual) cycle, efficiencies, mean indicated pressure, etc.
  • Fuels and fuel injection systems: traditional and high pressure injection pumps and injectors, gas injection systems
  • Gas and dual-fuel engines: different types, ignition, injection and its influence on NOx and methane slip, knock and misfire, air excess ratio.

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 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 lecturer is professor P. de Vos MSc, Director of Studies Marine Technology.


Participants rated this training with an A.


The 11th & 12th of May 2022


Two days


09.00 – 17.00


NMT Offices Rotterdam


Members € 1.225,-
Non-members € 1.550,-

The training series Marine Propulsion consists of 4 modules, which you can participate in independently. If you wish to participate in multiple modules, we offer will offer you a discount on the totall price.
1 module = full amount
2 modules = 5% discount on the total amount of both courses
3 modules = 10% discount on the total amount of 3 courses
4 modules = 15% discount on the total amount of 4 courses

All modules you have registered for, need to be completed within 2 years. Discount will be deducted from the last invoice.

Pamas certification

Three modules of the Marine Propulsion training series together have a Pamas certification: module 1, module 2 and module 3. 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 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 1: Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics (April 6 & 7, 2022)
Marine Propulsion Module 3: Propulsion system integration: Matching machinery and propeller (June 22 & 23, 2022)
Marine Propulsion Module 3: Electrical Drives and Characteristics (November 2022)