Training Marine Propulsion Module 2: Marine Propulsors Characteristics

Startdate: 07.10.2019
Enddate: 08.10.2019

Maritieme toeleveranciers, Scheepsbouw

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.


The second module ‘Marine Propulsor Characteristics’ will provide the participants with a thorough understanding of the working principles of a wide variety of marine propulsors.


The main characteristics and design aspects of the main marine propulsors will be explained during the second module. The participants will learn about the characteristics of the different propulsors and their design considerations. The physical and hydrodynamic principles of propellers, such as lift, wake and cavitation will be explained. Distinctive differences between the propulsors will be laid out. The theory is practised by means of exercises during the module. At the end of this module the participant will be able to decide which type of propulsor will be suited best for a particular vessel design.


  • Introduction to: ship propulsion, propulsors, drives and basic hydrodynamics
  • Propeller geometry, working principle of a propeller, pitch and slip
  • Wake, cavitation and noise
  • Fixed pitch propellers: general aspects, scope of supply, ship aspects and design aspects
  • Controllable pitch propellers: characteristics, ship and propeller design considerations, gears, hydraulics and control systems
  • Steerable thrusters: thruster configuration, nozzle design, mechanical aspects
  • Compact steerable thrusters: Z-drive, gearboxes, (modular) design aspects
  • Thruster types: Modular, retractable, can-mounted, containerised, de-mountable
  • Podded propellers: system overview, design pod and electric motor, steering mechanism, assembly and installation aspects
  • Waterjets: basic concept, differences with propellers, performance, pump design and characteristics, operational requirements
  • Voith Schneider propeller: working principle and characteristics, roll stabilisation, installation, application
  • Voith Inline thrusters
  • Transverse thrusters: selection criteria, performance, interaction of multiple propellers, noise and vibration, design consideration

Target group

This module is intended for designers and (sales) engineers who deal with the integration or the design of marine propulsion systems and in particular marine propulsors 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 propulsors and 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 a binder with the lecture slides.


Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) organises the second module in close cooperation with Voith Turbo BV. The lecturer will be Edwin Bonsen BSc of Voith Turbo BV.


7 and 8 October 2019


Two days


09.00 – 17.00 hours


NMT – Boompjes 40 te 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.

Other modules

Marine Propulsion Module 1: Propulsion Plant Concepts and Basic Ship Hydrodynamics (September 16 & 17)
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, 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.