Top 10 Important Marine Engineering Books

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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.

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In this article, we have handpicked some of the best marine engineering books, which should be there in the collection of every marine engineer.

1. Introduction to Marine Engineering – D.A. Taylor

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.

Introduction to Marine Engineering, Revised 2nd Edition
  • D. A. Taylor (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 372 Pages - 03/11/1996 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

2. General Engineering Knowledge (Marine Engineering) – H.D McGeorge

General Engineering Knowledge by H.D McGeorge is the perfect textbook for those seeking a one-stop resource for marine engineering subjects. Though it doesn’t provide in-depth insights into the working of all machinery, the book is quite useful for getting a general overview of all the important points of every machine on a ship.

General Engineering Knowledge (Marine Engineering)
  • Hardcover Book
  • McGeorge, H D (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 08/21/2015 (Publication Date) - Routledge (Publisher)

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3. Marine Auxiliary Machinery – H.D McGeorge

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 the operation, care, and maintenance of the ship’s machinery and apparatus.

Marine Auxiliary Machinery
  • MCGEORGE, H D (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages - 02/02/1999 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

4. Lamb’s Question and Answers on Marine Diesel Engines – S. Christensen

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 a doubt, Lamb’s book on Marine Diesel Engines is the best book in the market for understanding marine engines.

Lamb's Questions and Answers on Marine Diesel Engines
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Christensen, S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 544 Pages - 05/03/1990 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

 5. Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines – Doug Woodyard

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 the technology and concepts behind marine diesel engines and gas turbines.

Pounder's Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines: and Gas Turbines
  • Hardcover Book
  • Woodyard, Doug (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 928 Pages - 11/05/2009 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

6. Marine Electrical Equipment and Practice – H.D McGeorge

An important book in the H.D McGeorge’s marine engineering series of textbooks, 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.

Marine Electrical Equipment and Practice (Marine Engineering Series)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • MCGEORGE, H D (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 07/15/1993 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

7. Marine Boilers –G.T.H Flanagan

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 their types used on ships.

Marine Boilers (Marine Engineering Series)
  • FLANAGAN, G T H (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 08/28/1990 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

8. Reed’s Basic Electrotechnology – Marine Engineering Series

Reed’s sixth volume of the marine engineering series deals with the electrotechnology and electrical engineering principles of the ship. A step-by-step solution to 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.

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Also, check out Reed’s Volume 7 on Advance Electrotechnology 

9. Practical Marine Electrical Knowledge – Dennis T. Hall

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.

Practical Marine Electrical Knowledge
  • Dennis T. Hall (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 132 Pages - 09/29/1999 (Publication Date) - Witherby Seamanship Internatio (Publisher)

10. Ship Construction – David J. Eyres

Ship construction by David J. Eyres is a comprehensive book on shipbuilding and shipyard practices for marine engineers and naval architects. It also provides the 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.

Ship Construction
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hutchinson, Keith W. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 376 Pages - 04/09/2007 (Publication Date) - Butterworth-Heinemann (Publisher)

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

Notes on Instrumentation and Control (Marine Engineering Series) – G.J. Roy

Reed’s Instrumentation and Control Systems, 4th Edition – Marine Engineering Series

Complete List of Important Books on Marine Boilers

Complete list of Important Books on Marine Auxiliary Machinery

Do you know any important marine engineering books that we have missed on the list? Let us know and we will add it here.

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  1. Dear Raunek ,

    Do you have any specific books or articles about energy saving means and methods

    for existing and newbuilding vessels ?

    Thanks for prompt reply ,


  2. i am a trainee marine engineer and i need help under standing electrics as my knowledge is very poor, any one that might be able to email me and give me some advice or recommened good marine electrical books i wud be very greatful

  3. am a new graduate of high school and i want to persue marine engineering, so please i need your help.

  4. Please let me have list of text books for 1. Shipbuilding Engineering, 2.Naval architecture and 3. marine Engineering undergraduate courses as well as post graduate courses
    Thanking you

  5. am taking marine engineering from DMI located in Tanzania i have seen your list but i don’t see the book called MAINTENANCE OF MARINE MACHINERY in your list so i remind you to put that book.

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  7. am about going for maritime academy, I need advice so I can be good in marine engineering

  8. Can you suggest some books for ship mechanics and marine structures…(strenght of materials)

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