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Podded Propulsion Training Course


The theory and use of tractor tugs in the escort and harbour towage role; The theory, use, operation and limitation of Azipod Propulsion units.

Dates are set on request, based on the required minimum number of participants.


This course intends to provide the knowledge and understanding of the operation and limitation of Azipods, fitted on today’s modern ships such as passenger ships, tankers and tug boats so as to understand the equipment’s capabilities when manoeuvring a vessel fitted with Azipods.

Previous accidents with ships fitted with Azipods will be reviewed and discussed so all candidates will be aware of the contingencies required when failure to such equipment occur.

The main objective for this course is for Pilots and Masters to further acquaint themselves with this new and developing technology in order to affect safer manoeuvres when working on ships fitted with this propulsion system.

Masters and Pilots will have the opportunity to hone their skills by practicing on simulator ship models fitted with Azipods.

Course Structure

The three-day, Azipod Control Systems course has been designed to introduce pilots and masters to the unique manoeuvring techniques and characteristics of the Azipod Propulsion.

An experienced Marine Pilot will deliver a presentation about the operation and limitation of Azipods followed by various simulations on azipod fitted passenger ships, azimuth stern drive tugs and tractor tugs.

Topics Covered 

1.       Conventional Propulsion Systems. 

1.1      Diesel-Mechanical Propulsion System.

1.2      Diesel-Electrical Propulsion System.

2.       Introduction to Thruster as a Propulsion Means.

2.1      Thruster Construction – General.

3.       Introduction to Pod Propulsion.

3.1      Manufacturers of Pods.

3.2      What is Azipod?

4.       Electrical Overview in Pod Propulsion.

4.1      General.

4.2      Transformers.

4.3      Frequency Converters.

4.4      Electric Motors used in Pod Propulsion.

5.       Azipod Technical Features

5.1      Construction – Layout

5.2      Electrical Motor.

5.3      Steering Gear

5.4      Shaft Line Bearing Arrangements.

5.5      Shaft Water Seal.

5.6      Shaft Line Lube Oil Arrangement.

5.7      Shaft Brake Arrangement.

5.8      Cooling Arrangement for the Propeller Motor.

5.9      Ship System Interface.

6.       The Manual / Remote Control System.

6.1      General Layout.

6.2      Steering Angle Convention.

6.3      Transfer of Command.

6.4      Back-up Systems.

6.5      Intelligent Bridge Control Interface.

7.       Propulsion Condition Management System.

7.1      General

7.2      Shaft Bearing Monitoring

7.3      Propulsion System Monitoring

7.4      Nautical Data Interface

8.          Azipod Propulsion

8.1    Advantages over Conventional Propulsion

9.     Other Unconventional Propulsion Systems

10.    Discussion




This course is designed for experienced maritime pilots or licensed mariners who have extensive shiphandling experience.

Class Limitations

The Class Size is limited to six persons. In our opinion, the training is optimised when there are 6 persons to make full use of the ship simulator.

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