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Engine department (ship)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
In maritime transportation, the engine department or engineering department is an organizational unit aboard a ship that is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and repair of the propulsion systems and the support systems for crew, passengers, and cargo.[1] It is also responsible for repairing and maintaining other systems on the ship, such as:
Electrical Power Generation Plant
Fuel oil
Water distillation
Air conditioning
The engine department emerged with the arrival of marine engines for propulsion, largely during the later half of the 19th century. Due to advances in marine technology during the 20th century, the engineering department aboard merchant shipsis considered equally important as the deck department, since trained engineers are required to handle the machinery on a ship.
Nowadays due to the increase in automation on merchant vessels and the increase in the unattended machinery spaces (UMS) aboard them, the number of seafaring engineers has decreased drastically on board merchant ships. Today, the engine department usually consists of the following number of engineers and crew:
(1) Chief Engineer
(1) Second Engineer
(1) Third Engineer
(1-2) Fourth Engineer
(2-4) Junior Engineer
(0-1) Engine Cadet
(0-2) Oiler
(0-1) Wiper
(0-1) Fitter
(0-1) Motorman
(0-1) Machinist


Shipyards and dockyards are places where ships are repaired and built. These can be yachts, military vessels, cruise liners or other cargo or passenger ships. Dockyards are sometimes more associated with maintenance and basing activities than shipyards, which are sometimes associated more with initial construction. The terms are routinely used interchangeably, in part because the evolution of dockyards and shipyards has often caused them to change or merge roles.

Countries with large shipbuilding industries include Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Japan, China, Germany, Turkey, Poland and Croatia. The shipbuilding industry tends to be more fragmented in Europe than in Asia. In European countries there are a greater number of small companies, compared to the fewer, larger companies in the shipbuilding countries of Asia.

Most shipbuilders in the United States are privately owned, the largest being Huntington Ingalls Industries, a multi-billion dollar defense contractor, and the oldest family owned shipyard being Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, VA. The publicly owned shipyards in the US are Naval facilities providing basing, support and repair.

Shipyards are constructed nearby the sea or tidal rivers to allow easy access for their ships. In the United Kingdom, for example, shipyards were established on the River Thames (King Henry VIII founded yards at Woolwich and Deptford in 1512 and 1513 respectively), River Mersey, River Tees, River Tyne, River Wear and River Clyde – the latter growing to be the World’s pre-eminent shipbuilding centre.

Sir Alfred Yarrow established his yard by the Thames in London’s Docklands in the late 19th century before moving it northwards to the banks of the Clyde at Scotstoun(1906–08). Other famous UK shipyards include the Harland and Wolff yard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built, and the naval dockyard at Chatham, England on the Medway in north Kent.

The site of a large shipyard will contain many specialised cranes, dry docks, slipways, dust-free warehouses, painting facilities and extremely large areas for fabrication of the ships.

After a ship’s useful life is over, it makes its final voyage to a shipbreaking yard, often on a beach in South Asia. Historically shipbreaking was carried on in drydock in developed countries, but high wages and environmental regulations have resulted in movement of the industry to developing regions. More From Wikipedia.

Maritime Museums

List of maritime museums in the United States is a sortable list from Wikipedia of American museums which display objects related to ships and water travel.

Smith’s Master Index to Maritime Museum Websites lists the websites and gives a short description of maritime museums around the world.

Famous Ships & Boats


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