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Training Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems – Module 1: Introduction Systems Architecture

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 you will obtain an overview of the main auxiliary systems, their main components and the fundamental working principles. Module 1, providing an overview of all relevant aspects of auxiliary system design, has been completely renewed in close cooperation with Simwave. Their interactive machinery room simulation tools will be used for exercises and illustration of the theory.

Each module can be followed separately, but combined they provide you with a complete overview of and the in-depth knowledge required to design all marine auxiliary systems.


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 position as a partner in the shipbuilding process.

Target group and lecturers

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


17 and 18 March 2020


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


Day 1: Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) – Boompjes 40 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dag 2: Simwave – Pesatastraat 7 – 9 in Barendrecht, the Netherlands


Between 12 and 20


Members: € 1.050,- per module
Non-members € 1.315,- 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
7 and 8 April 2020

Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems module 3: System Engineering
12 and 13 May 2020

Design of Marine Auxiliary Systems module 4: HVAC and refrigeration systems
26 and 27 May 2020

More information

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


You will receive a confirmation of participation, directions and a list of hotels a few weeks before start of the training.