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Marine and ship systems engineering

Individual course

If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.


  • Concepts, principles and tools:
    System of systems engineering, Ship and marine traffic systems and their integration to ship design, Systems modelling, Design methods and tools (CFD, Augmented Reality “e.g. Digital Twins”, NAPA, etc.)
  • Ship systems:
    Propulsion and plant management, Navigation and maneuvering, Auxiliary power management, Ship Automation, Auxiliary machinery operation, Ballast and trim management. Includes: energy sources and fuel types in modern applications, Modern motor types, exhaust treatment systems, HVAC systems, heat balance and heat recovery systems, energy efficiency, electric systems, fire safety equipment, selected topics on special ship systems (e.g. arctic/sub-arctic conditions).
  • Marine traffic systems:
    Communication and IT equipment, Internet and ship traffic systems, Satellite communication with marine applications, Environmental impact and legislation.

After the course, the student:

  • can describe main systems requirements in ships
  • can define and justify the ways to fulfill systems requirements
  • can create a concept design of a machinery system by selecting appropriate components, guided by principles of energy efficient design
  • can apply current regulatory requirements for ship systems and understands what it takes to go beyond them
  • knows the utilisation of automation systems in contemporary ship designs
  • can describe how adverse environmental effects of ships can be minimised, below the current and known future requirements

The course utilizes guided problem-based learning concept. System engineering and its application for designing ship and marine traffic systems are introduced at the beginning of the course. Ship and marine systems requirements are also introduced at the beginning of the course and the lectures evolve around them. The course project is to select, describe and justify the choice of ship and marine traffic systems. The lectures introduce the main type of ship and marine traffic systems or equipment and students afterwards consider that topic for their projects. The course includes 2-3 expert forums where ship and marine traffic systems are presented in the context of current case studies. Projects are carried out in groups of 3-5 students, preferably the same as in Principal Naval Architecture and/or Ship Design Portfolio -courses.

Some events are obligatory, see course schedule for details.

More info on Aalto University’s course page.

Responsible teacher

Aalto University
Osiris Valdez Banda, Assistant professor

Contact persons for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Mechanical engineering
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Host university:
Aalto University
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Adult learner,
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General prerequisites:
B.Sc. studies + course Principles of naval architecture
Study suitable for:
M.Sc. students with mechanical, aeronautical or civil engineering backgrounds
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