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MERS 2000 - Propulsion Plant Simulator Level 2

Marine Engine Room Simulator Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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Course Details

This course will provide the following competencies to managers of ship machinery systems: Knowledge of corrective actions to be taken in problem solving and recognition of signs and symptoms of deteriorating function of ship’s machinery. Knowledge of the safe and efficient operation of ship’s machinery, including a review of safe watch keeping practices as covered in PPS1. All scenarios used in training would be as realistic as possible. Ship management practices that enable: (1) Efficient monitoring and optimizing of plant performance (2) Rapid identification and correction of machinery malfunctions (3) Good communication and response in emergency situations, and (4) Optimizing the plant when there is variance in the external operating conditions of the vessel. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a Transport Canada training certificate, which is a prerequisite for obtaining the following certificates of competency or endorsement: (1) First-Class Engineer, Steamship or Motor Ship (2) Second-Class Engineer, Steamship or Motor Ship (3) Maintenance Supervisor, MOU/Surface (4) Chief Engineer Endorsement, Steamship or Motor Ship.


Entry to this course is open to individuals who have the following - A student must have obtained a certificate of competency at a minimum level of a 4th Class Engineer STCW endorsed. While holding at the minimum a certificate of competency at the 4th Class Engineer level, a student must have completed a minimum of 6 months of sea service, as engineer in charge of an engineering watch or in charge of the machinery, on board a vessel of at least 750 KW. Students enrolled in the course are required to produce an ACES Report from Transport Canada confirming course entry prerequisites on Day 1 of the course, and show the ACES Report to the course instructor. Students who DO NOT have an ACES Report will not be allowed to continue in the course and must withdraw.





Spring/Summer 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 66735

Mon Jul 20 - Thu Aug 13 4 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jul 20 - Aug 13 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 BMC Online Delivery



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Students enrolled in the course are required to produce an ACES Report from Transport Canada confirming course entry prerequisites on Day 1 of the course, and show the ACES Report to the course instructor. Students who DO NOT have an ACES Report will not be allowed to continue in the course and must withdraw. An assessment fee of $120 is included in the tuition fee. For further information refer to the course outline. Student manual will be provided in class. The Transport Canada assessment will be conducted on the last two days of the course i.e. on day 16 and 17. All candidates requesting PPS Exams should complete and pay for a Transport Canada EXN 3 (Application to be Examined) at least two weeks priot to the examination date. Contact Transport Canada 400 - 800 Burrard Street, Vancouver, office contact number is 604-666-0834. TC EXAM on Friday, October 18th.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate management and organization of a power plant as implemented on board a vessel — the scenario may include various vessel operations such as: the vessel alongside under cargo operation, the vessel is arriving in Port and berthing, leaving the dock, or at sea.
  • Demonstrate good marine engineering practices by careful monitoring and operation of the vessels’ machinery. Detect and identify cause of machinery malfunctions and take necessary preventive action to avoid machinery breakdown.
  • Demonstrate safe and clear communication with Bridge in the event of engine malfunction requiring reduction in speed, or change in available electric power.
  • Manage the start-up of all main and auxiliary machinery and manage plant during cargo discharge operations.
  • Operate main propulsion unit in "Bridge", "Local", and "Emergency" control positions and respond to "Emergency Run", "Shut Down", and "Slow Down" of main engine.
  • Develop plans to deal with emergency and pollution control procedures, and ensure appropriate entries are made in the Oil Record Book.
  • Obtain cylinder pV diagrams for a specified power setting, then calculate engine power, mechanical efficiency, and specific fuel consumption.
  • Use temperature and flow data from heat exchangers to calculate a heat balance.
  • Record the effect of different fuels, and hull fouling on engine performance and fuel economy.
  • State the effect of fouling in air coolers, scavenge ports, and turbochargers on engine performance.
  • Measure the effects of the weather, propeller size, and water depth on plant efficiency.
  • Apply conditions of operation on main engine and auxiliaries when the vessel is navigating in ice.
  • Use leadership and managerial skills to ensure safe and effective maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Write a report outlining two (2) different problems encountered in practice, and describe how the situations were managed and repairs carried out; submit recommendations including costs, personnel change, etc., to the ship owners.

Effective as of Winter 2013


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