Marine engineering is a specialized subject, which requires equally specialized books to learn and understand its concepts. Marine engineers, both students and sea-going professionals, have to continuously keep themselves abreast with the changing technologies and policies in the maritime field.
Though there are several books out there to learn about marine engineering and its subjects, there are a few that are extremely comprehensive and useful for mariners around the world. In this article, we have handpicked some of the best marine engineering books, which should be there in the collection of every marine engineer.
One of the finest and most read books on marine engineering, Introduction to marine engineering by D.A. Taylor provides information on every aspect of the ship’s machinery systems. An extremely valuable guide for maritime professionals, this is a “must-have” book for those studying marine engineering or preparing for competency exams.
General Engineering Knowledge by H.D McGeorge is the perfect text book for those seeking a one-stop resource for marine engineering subjects. Though it doesn’t provide in-depth insights in the working of all machinery, the book is quite useful for getting a general overview of all the important points of every machine on ship.
Yet another masterpiece by H.D McGeorge, the Marine Auxiliary Machinery is a highly respected book for both students and sea-going marine engineers. This book is the ultimate guide for marine auxiliary machinery and provides comprehensive information on operation, care, and maintenance of ship’s machinery and apparatus.
Lamb’s Question and Answers on Marine Diesel Engines is a one-stop resource for knowledge on marine engines. From the most basic concepts to the most advanced principles, this book covers everything in an easy-to-understand format. Without doubt, the Lamb’s book on Marine Diesel Engines is the best book in the market for understanding marine engines.
Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines is one of the oldest books on marine diesel engines and gas turbines. Now in its ninth edition, the book has extensively helped both students and sea going engineers to understand technology and concepts behind marine diesel engines and gas turbines.
An important book in the H.D McGeorge’s marine engineering series of text books, the Marine Electrical Equipment and Practice by H.D McGeorge is an important book for marine engineers who seek to understand ship’s electrical equipment and operating principles.
An extremely comprehensive and important book on marine boilers used on ships, this book on marine boilers provides information on boilers and associated equipment as used at sea. A must-have book for all marine engineers appearing for competency exams, it covers every aspect of marine boilers and its types used on ships.
Reed’s sixth volume of marine engineering series deals with electrotechnology and electrical engineering principles of the ship. A step-by-step solution of a variety of electrical systems is provided in an easy to understand format. This book should be with every marine engineer going to the sea.
Also checkout the Reed’s Volume 7 on Advance Electrotechnology
Practical marine electrical knowledge is a famous book by Dennis T. Hall. The book provides knowledge of the ship’s electrical system, including the generation plant, switchboards, and distribution network. It also focuses on electrical safety and safe working practices required on the ship.
Ship construction by David J. Eyres is a comprehensive book on shipbuilding and shipyard practices for marine engineers and naval architects. It also provides latest developments in the construction of different types of ships and safety practices. This is an essential book for both maritime students and professionals working in the field of ship construction and maintenance.
More Recommended Books for Marine Engineers
Reed’s Marine Engineering Series, Vol. 8 – General Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers
Reeds Marine Engineering Series, Vol. 12 – Motor Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers
Introduction to Naval Architecture, Fourth Edition – E.C. Tupper
Reed’s Instrumentation and Control Systems, 4th Edition – Marine Engineering Series
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