Operate Generators and Distribution Systems

Course Topics

  • 3.1 Starting a generator.
  • 3.1.1 Various checks before starting - clear of obstructions,fuel oil, lube oil and cooling water
  • 3.1.2 Starting from various positions - Remote / Local
  • 3.1.3 Alarm and Shut down while starting
  • 3.1.4 Parameter checking-engine and generator
  • 3.2 Paralleling, load sharing and changing over generators.
  • 3.3 Generator protection systems.
  • 3.4 Switch board protection systems.

3.1 Starting a generator.

Starting a Generator










  • The term "heart of the ship" refers to a generator.


  • This lifeline serves as the foundation for all of the ship's operations.


  • The ship's generator needs special maintenance, care, and attention in order to operate efficiently.


  • Additionally, running a generator on a ship is a very different scenario.


  • A ship's generator needs a unique technique to start and stop, unlike the standard generators we use on land.


  • Even while the process isn't particularly difficult, it does require that a step-by-step plan be followed.


  • Every person on the ship makes every effort to avoid the "black-out," which can occur if even one step is missed in starting or stopping the generator.