Where naval architecture is primarily concerned with the overall design of the ship, including hull shape, arrangements, hydrodynamic performance, and stability, the marine engineer is concerned with all of the systems inside the hull including:

  • main engines
  • auxiliary plants
  • fuel, ballast, potable water, black & grey waste, tanks & piping 
  • steering and ship systems 
  • propeller shafting 
  • steering gear 
  • anchoring gear
  • cargo handling
  • electrical power generation, control and distribution
  • ventilation
  • heating & air conditioning
  • maneuvering thrusters
  • fire detection
  • fire suppression
  • treatment of discharges including ballast water, black & grey water, galley, engine exhaust gases
  • bridge equipment such as navigational and communication aids, etc. 

This extensive list requires the competent marine engineer to be versed in a number of trades that onshore would typically fall to many different individuals. 

An experienced and capable marine engineer like Shipwright’s are skilled across many disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and across many different trades, including piping, rigging, welding, cutting, and wiring.