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Training Marine Propulsion Module 5: Matching Propulsion Engine and Propulsor (CANCELLED)

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 last module ‘Matching Propulsion Engine and Propulsor’ the procedure of evaluating the operational situation of a propulsion system, in both design and off-design conditions, is discussed.


The participants will learn to integrate knowledge of different propulsion plant components (discussed in previous modules) in order to be able to evaluate propulsion plants at a system level. Matching of propeller and driving machine(s) (like diesel engine, gas turbine and/or electric motor) is practised extensively by means of exercises during the module. The key to designing a proper propulsion system (that operates well in different circumstances) is two transformations: from ship resistance characteristic to propeller characteristic and from propeller characteristic to engine/motor characteristic (a.k.a. driving machine envelope). At the end of this module the participant will be able to make a suitable preliminary design of a propulsion system by using the two key transformations. This means the participant can obtain, and provide others with, insight into which operational scenarios (sea state, fouling, single shaft operation, etc.) are still feasible for a certain propulsion system, and which are not.


  • Recap of essential knowledge of previous modules: power plant concepts, component characteristics (resistance curve, propeller open water diagram, engine/motor envelope)
  • Matching criteria: design speed, design and off-design conditions, fuel consumption and emissions
  • Service conditions, trial and heavy conditions
  • Transformation of ship resistance curve to open water propeller diagram and transformation of propeller operational point to load curve inside engine envelope
  • Matching issues for different (off-design) operational profiles
  • Matching with water jet

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 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.


9 and 10 December 2019


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


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 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 (September 16 & 17)
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)

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, including a route description and a list of nearby hotels a few weeks before start of the training.