Steam Engineering for LNG Ships

The current phase of unprecedented rapid growth in LNG transportation at sea was not really anticipated. The resulting acute manpower shortage in this niche industry sector provides a unique opportunity for the maritime training institutes worldwide.

Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) has just started a course covering Steam Engineering for LNG Propulsion. The course is jointly organized by Singapore Maritime Academy and Maritime Port Authority of Singapore.

It is a course for the sea-going marine engineers with Class I or Class II COC (Motorship), who would like to get a steam COC for sailing on LNG Carriers using boil-off LNG gas for steam propulsion.

This blog supports development of steam engineering knowledge for LNG ships.

Next Course (Full Time- 15 days), From: 1st September 2008 to 18th September 2008. There are only 12 seats! 8-hour each day [8am to 12noon & 1pm to 5pm] - 6days per week [Monday to Saturday]. The course starts on 1st September & ends on 18th September 2008. However, those not able to finish the assignments in time will be allowed to extend their end date. Course Fees - S$ 2696.40 per participant inclusive of GST.

See 'Course Progression' at the end of this blog.

Click here for online registration! Please also email to confirm your attendance.

More details of how the course is run: Read Our Publication

Monday, 28 July 2008

Extract from the Singapore Polytechnic - Continuing Education Centre Web Content

Steam COC for LNG Propulsion

Course Code: 1855A
Commencement Date: 01-SEP-2008
Duration: 30 sessions (each session 4 hours)
Total Training Hours: 120
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1700 each day
Course End Date: 18-SEP-2008 (maybe extended for those taking longer to complete assignments)

Venue: S'pore Polytechnic, W215/W217
Course Fee (Including GST): S$ 2696.40 per participant
Closing Date: Monday, 25-AUG-2008

Registration Link: Goto Singapore Poly website ( ). 1. Choose Continuing Education Courses, 2. Choose Courses & Training. 3. Choose Courses Currently Offered. Scroll down to choose Steam COC for LNG Propulsion. Follow instructions and register.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Online Registration

Register Online
Click on the Link above!

A - Scroll down and find the course: Steam COC for LNG Propulsion
[1] Click on the Register button on this page and fill up the electronic form
[2] Once completed, Click on the Submit button
[3] You would receive an online acknowledgement page that you have submitted the registration successfully
[4] Singapore Polytechnic would then register and await your payment of the fees before enrolling you for the course

B - Visit Continuing Education Centre (CEC) counter at 500 Dover Road, Blk T10, Level 1, Room T10116.
Confirmed enrolment is based on a first-come-first-served basis upon full payment of course fee. However, registration does not guarantee enrolment to the course. Participants will receive a letter of confirmation if the course is confirmed and the registration has been accepted.

Singapore Polytechnic, its governors, officers, agents and employees shall not be liable for any loss, damages and/or injury, including loss of life, which participants of our Courses may suffer arising out of or in connection with our Courses, whether the loss, damage and/or injury was suffered on any of Singapore Polytechnic's premises or at any other venue(s) in connection with our Courses.
Payment : A - Cheque Payment : Please raise a cheque made in favour of Singapore Polytechnic, write the Course Title and your name on the reverse of the cheque and mail it to: Singapore Polytechnic Continuing Education Centre 500 Dover Road Singapore 139651

B - NETS or Cash Payment : To pay at the Continuing Education Centre (CEC) counter at 500 Dover Road, Blk T10, Level 1, Room T10116 NETS Payment: Mondays to Fridays - 8.00 am to 9.30 pm

Cash Payment: Mondays to Fridays - 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Cancellation, Refunds & Transfers : If written cancellations are received: · 2 weeks before the commencement of the course - full refund will be made;

· less than 2 weeks before commencement of the course - 70% of course fee will be refunded;
· after the commencement of the course - no refunds will be made.
A replacement of the participant can be made any time before the course commences.
The Singapore Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel or postpone any of the courses. Applicants will be duly notified and where applicable, the full fees will be refunded. The Singapore Polytechnic also reserves the right to amend the fees charged or the period and duration of the courses.
Contact : Detailed Information : Enquiry on Course Registration : Continuing Education Centre (CEC) 500 Dover Road Blk T10 Level 1 Singapore 139651 Tel: 67721288 Fax: 67721957 Email:
Enquiry on Course Details Please email to Mr Kalyan Chatterjea Email

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Assignments at Sea

Shipboard Assignments:

++ These are meant for those of you at sea doing steam-time now!

++ You need to complete six assignments at sea.

++ Either do six assignments from the suggested list below -- one from each topic -- or you may suggest your own assignments (in that case you need to check with me first...just send me a mail at ).

++ Table below lists the suggested assignments. Please note the submission should be based on your shipboard plant and NOT reproduction of information from books.

++ Don't forget that once you finish your sailing time, you need to seat for a 3-hour written examination at SMA and an oral examination at the MPA (both at 1st Class level)!

Assignments for STEAM BOILERS

a) Boiler shut down and start up procedures followed on board.

b) Safety valves on drum, superheater and desuperheater: construction, setting and operation.

c) Line drawing of the steam distribution system and rationale for the same.

d) Steam temperature control system: arrangement and operation.


e) Boiler combustion control and management: Faults encountered in practice and actions taken.

f) Fuel oil to gas and gas to fuel oil change over: precautions and practices on board.

g) Safety systems incorporated in boiler combustion control.

h) Dual fuel burners: construction and operation.


i) Feed system line drawing with all important pressures and temperatures and rationale for the same.

j) Main condensate extraction pump: construction and operation.

k) Main feed pump: construction, safety devices and operation.

l) Main condenser: construction, regeneration arrangement, extraction arrangement, leak detection.

Assignments for STEAM TURBINES

m) Nozzle control: arrangement and operation.

n) HP, LP and Astern turbine arrangement and steam piping expansion arrangement.

o) Turbine construction.

p) Safety devices on turbines.

Assignments for LNG SYSTEMS

q) LNG piping line diagram from cargo tanks to the boilers with important details.

r) Forced vaporizer: construction and operation.

s) LD compressor: construction and operation.

t) LNG safety: handling gas, how brought into engine room with double ducting and associated safety systems.

Assignments for PLANT OPERATIONS

u) Turbine warming up procedure.

v) Changing over procedure for main condenser to auxiliary condenser.

w) Dumping system: system description and operational procedures.

x) Emergency steam plant operation with one boiler.

y) Emergency steam plant operation with one turbine.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

ICERS 8 - International Conference on Engine Room Simulators, Manila, 5th-7th Nov 2007 ...

A paper entitled "Development of Resource-based Learning Organisers to Enhance Training on Simulators" by Kalyan Chatterjea (SMA) & Takeshi Nakazawa (WMU) will be presented at the above conference. The paper and the presentation can be downloaded/ viewed from the following links:



Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Register Online for The Next 'Steam COC for LNG Propulsion" [Starting on 24th Sept 2007]

You can now register online for the course at the following link:

Online Registration

After you get to the Singapore Polytechnic Online Registration Site, scroll down to the course 'Steam COC for LNG Propulsion' & click to access direct online registration. If you have any problem & questions, email to Course Coordinator [].

See you on the 24th September!

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Content Upgrading for the Steam Certificate of Competency Course at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden

The project is a joint collaborative effort between

World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden

& Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).

Five final years Marine Engineering Students of SMA will be working in the project and they will be at the WMU, Sweden during the one month development period (4th week of Aug 07 to 3rd week of Sept. 07), when, Professor Takeshi Nakazawa, Chair of Technology at WMU will be collaborating with the SMA team. Prof. Nakazawa is a specialist in thermodynamics and simulation-based training of ship's officers.

SMA team will be supervised by Kalyan Chatterjea, Steam C.O.C. Course Coordinator at the SMA.

During the project, Learning Objects would be developed to support training on SMA's Steam Engine Simulator for LNG Carrier propulsion.

Some Details of Team Members