Merchant Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering

  • Austen Albu


Shipbuilding is generally considered a medium-technology assembly industry, a combination of structural and mechanical engineering. Marine engineering is one of the branches of mechanical engineering, mainly producing power plants. In the past it was an industry steeped in tradition and employing large numbers of skilled men on the heavy work of construction. The myth grew up that apprenticeships and inherited skills were necessary for shipbuilding, but this has been destroyed by the rapid growth of new shipbuilding nations, especially Japan (Venus, 1972). In shipbuilding as in other branches of the engineering industry, the most successful countries in recent years have been those which have applied scientifically based innovations to design, particularly of components, and to production methods.


Diesel Engine Technical Innovation Marine Engineer Ship Design Shipbuilding Industry 
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