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H883 - Azipod® vessel operation, operational level

Operational level (STCW) course on twin-Azipod cruise vessel watch keeping in normal and special operational conditions.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the operational principles of diesel-electric Azipod propulsion systems. 
  • Understand the flexibility of the system.
  • Identify potential malfunctions and to cope with them without sacrificing vessel safety.
  • Communicate about the different aspects of the propulsion system in a clear and concise manner.


Diesel electric Azipod vessel system functionalities:

  • Power plant, distribution and propulsion system.
  • Azipod thrusters.
  • Propulsion control.

Diesel electric Azipod vessel operation with emphasis on watch keeping:

  • Speed control.
  • Basic maneuvering.
  • Emergency maneuvers.

Power plant behavior in different load conditions:

  • Reverse power.
  • Increase/decrease–function.
  • Optimizing power and plant loading.

Effects of power plant and propulsion system malfunctions:

  • Vessel control in special conditions


  • Hands-on exercises on a full mission bridge simulator. 
  • Practical lessons and discussions on diesel electric Azipod propulsion.

Course outline

General Information

Duration: 3 days
Venue: Helsinki

Experience of watch keeping of modern, preferably Azipod vessels, and of bridge simulator training

Additional information: Maximum 6 participants
Student profile:

Azipod vessel deck personnel at operational level (STCW)

Download: Course description as a pdf

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