Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Can describe the main requirements of ship systems
Can define and justify an approach to fulfil 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 utilization of automation systems in contemporary ship designs
Can describe how adverse environmental effects of ships can be minimized, below the current and known future requirements

Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.10.2022 - 20.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Osiris Valdez Banda

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Prof Valdez Banda Osiris <>
Dr Victor Bolbot <>

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    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 , 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.

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Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    The project is assessed weekly (after lecture 3), contributing to 45% of the course grade. Feedback and guidance will be given on the assignments, which will allow for the improved submission in the form of a final report. Learning logs should be provided after every two lectures, contributing to 15% of the course grade. The contribution to the student conference accounts for 40% of the grade.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 lectures by experts 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.

    • Interactive lectures: 20h (2h/week, 10 weeks)
    • Instructed workshops: 4h (2h/week, 2 weeks)
    • Group work: 30h (3 hours/week, 10 weeks)
    • Studying materials: 60h (5 hours/week, 12 weeks)
    • Preparing for Conference: 20h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Nowadays, the ship design industry is facing stricter maritime regulations, higher competitivity among shipping companies and high fuel price volatility. On the other hand, the alternative fuels and emerging technologies are providing great opportunities for ship designers to succeed in their mission. R&D within industry and research centers in academia are taking the dynamic role building a new network to create innovative objectives and to optimize current situations. The MSSE course aimed at bringing fresh and new ideas of students into the loop. This will be followed by insightful experiencebased rethinking of proposed idea posed by specialists from academia and industries brightening the presented theoretical concepts for students.

    “MSSE addresses the trade-offs faced when deciding on the alternatives for ship systems and how to select and justify the most optimal solution.”

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II - Spring III
    2023-2024 Autumn II - Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the courses will take place on Sisu (

Details on the schedule
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    Course description




    Introduction, Conference (specification of chapter and advisors)




    Course leader lecture and Description of assignment 1

    System Engineering



    Lecture + Assignment 1 tutorials

    Ship Energy sources



    Lecture + Description of assignment 2

    Machinery auxiliary systems



    Lecture + Assignment 2 tutorials

    HVAC and ballast water treatment systems



    Lecture + Conference topic selection + Description of assignment 3 (2hrs)

    Safety Systems

    Break between period II and period III



    Lecture + Assignment 3 tutorials

    Propulsion Systems



    Lecture + Description of assignment 4

    Deck Machinery and Cargo Handling Systems



    Lecture + Assignment 4 tutorials + Description of Final report and assignment 5

    Electricity consumption and Power Management System



    Lecture + Assignment 5 tutorials

    Integrated Bridge and IT systems



    Advisor discussion about the presentation




    Advisor discussion about the presentation        



    2nd student Conference on MSSE 2023