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Under the sea – from an engineer’s perspective:

Marine Engineering is all about working and developing solutions related to moana, including the construction, monitoring, and adapting to ocean systems, boats, ships, and multiple other marine vessels. The value of the ocean is enhanced by understanding the significance of things happening under and on surface of the sea. Such examples include from: trade and shipping to digital communication through transoceanic cables. Covering more than 75% of the earth’s surface, the ocean has played an incredible role since early times. Not only has it widely contributed to international commerce but has also provided habitats for around 40% of the world’s population, within 100km within the coastline. With these remarkable aspects in mind, the oceans on our planet have been an integral part in many of our lives – hence leading marine engineers to constantly, plan, discover and learn more about the science under the blue blankets of water…

Nautical architecture and technology are an essential body to marine engineering. We have all been fascinated by the structure, appearance, and real-life experiences on water. And the variety of machinery is vast. Here is a list of marine vehicles that have dominated our human connections with the surface on maritime locations:

  • Container ships/Bulk Carriers
  • Passenger ships/Yachts
  • Naval Ships
  • Mobile offshore units
  • Fishing vessels.

The engine room has been the main workspace for engineers. It is known as the mitochondria of the cell – it accommodates the main space for the machinery needed for the marine powerplant. You see, the most essential thing that brings a ship to life is electricity. Without this a ship is nothing but a lifeless chunk of metal floating on water, and hence this is what turns the ship into a functional and useful vessel. This is where marine engineers play their role – to ensure that the ship works the most correctly and safest way. They do this by taking care of the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting (detecting and solving any electronic or mechanical systems). Therefore, without a good marine engineering team – the role can become difficult and play danger for not only engineers themselves but for the entire community on board.

This leads on to the topic of a typical marine engineer team, which consists of a chief engineer, a second engineer, a third engineer and in some ships – they also carry the role of a first engineer and an ETO – also known as an electrotechnical officer. Additionally, crew on deck who actively take action to maintain the functioning of the vessel; such roles include the oiling and steering, also work hard to make the most and best of a buoyant or an underwater machine.

The technical aspects:

Finally, acknowledging the mechanical side of the miscellany in marine engineering is enthralling. So, without further a-do, let’s dive in:

To begin with, there are some main basic systems that the ships consist of:

  • Sea water systems
  • Freshwater systems
  • Compressed air systems
  • Lubrication systems and fuel oil systems

and other auxiliary smallest systems.

Nevertheless, one common goal between all of these is that they all produce power which is used to generate electric used to generate electricity which is needed for functions such as propulsion, communication, steering and environmental controls.

The ideas revolving marine experiences have not always been pleasant. There have been major accidents in the past and causes ranged from unlucky atrocious weather to faults in mechanical systems. Therefore, marine engineers learn, adapt and apply in challenging situations – to ensure the best experience on board.

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