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Graduation thesis project DSNS Propulsion & Energy Technology Concepts

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Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) is continuously improving its knowledge. This means new propulsion and energy storage concepts are checked for feasibility. This of course asks for Research in the latest developments. The application of the state-of-the art versions of these concepts and their technical feasibility should be researched and simulated. This includes being able to have an indication on life cycle costs.

The nature of defence operations means that these vessels have unique sailing profiles and manoeuvres which place demands on the propulsion systems. Examples are short high speed sprints, crash stops, evasive manoeuvres etcetera.

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Graduation thesis project DSNS Propulsion Energy Technology Concepts

Tasks & Responsibilities

As a graduate at DSNS, you will face several aspects in the field of Propulsion & Energy Technology Concepts. It’s not only theory or practice, but the combination of theory with practice that leads to the best results.

Possible propulsion and energy projects can be:

  • Hybrid propulsion, such as father-son concepts, electric propulsion, gas turbines, podded propulsion, etc.
  • Energy storage, including batteries and compensators
  • Direct current ship distribution system
  • Electric (cross) shafting

Send us your motivation and favourite subject as well as your CV!


The perfect candidate is:

  • A HBO or University student Applied Physics / Maritime Technology;
  • A top class student;
  • Passionate about ships or shipbuilding;
  • Familiar with propulsion design including auxiliary systems;
  • Capable of identifying and communicating with multiple stakeholders;
  • Independent, analytical and proactive;
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written).

Company Information

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), established in Vlissingen has a rich tradition of naval shipbuilding with its original navy roots stemming back more than 140 years. At that time the Royal Schelde shipyard, based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, was known worldwide for its quality shipbuilding, both in the naval and commercial sector.

For more than 50 years DSNS has in fact been the dedicated shipbuilder of the Royal Netherlands Navy and we have worked alongside the Royal Netherlands Navy on the design, engineering and construction of eight generations of combatants, as well as amphibious vessels and naval auxiliaries. Based on decades of experience Damen now offers navies worldwide a broad range of defence and security vessels, ranging from 7 m to more than 200 m.

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