In this post on The Best 15Marine engineering books, I have reviewed some of the best marine Engineering books, which are most comprehensive and should be kept with every marine engineering student and sea-going professionals.

To understand the concepts of Marine Engineering, which is a specialized subject and requires specialized Marine Engineering books?  

 These books will help the marine engineers in updating the latest technology, policies and to qualify for the various competency exams at various levels.

The Best 15Marine engineering books

The Best 15Marine engineering books

General Engineering Knowledge (Marine Engineering)

About this Book

This book covers the general engineering knowledge required by candidates for the Department of Transport’s Certificates of Competency in Marine Engineering, Class One and Class Two. The text is updated throughout in this third edition, and new chapters have been added on production of fresh water and on noise and vibration. Reference is also provided to up-to-date papers and official publications on specialized topics. These updates ensure that this little volume will continue to be a useful pre-examination and revision text. – Marine Engineers Review, January 1992


  • Good general marine engineering book as an introduction
  • This book summarizes very well the concepts necessary for general knowledge exam
  • Reference is also provided to up-to-date papers and official publications on specialized topics.


  •  the quality of printing of the diagrams and drawings could have been better for an engineering book.

Marine Boilers (Marine Engineering S) 

About this Book

This book provides the information on boilers and the associated equipment, as used at sea, required by marine engineers taking the Steam Paper, Class Two, for the Department of Transport’s Certificate of Competency for Marine Engineer Officers. Much of the information is given in the form of comprehensive answers to typical examination questions, with supporting diagrams that help the reader to understand and remember important machinery details. In this new edition the book has been updated throughout with new material on welded boilers, various types of water tube boiler, rotary air heater, water level alarm, consolidated type safety valve, hydraulic testing and various aspects of survey, maintenance and operational problems.


  • The book has been updated throughout with new material on welded boilers,


  • A little much for a beginner in the subject

Reeds Vol 10: Instrumentation and Control Systems

About this Book

This is a fully revised, new edition on the topic of instrumentation and control systems and their application to marine engineering for professional trainees studying Merchant Navy Marine Engineering Certificates of Competency (CoC) as well as Electrical/Marine Engineering undergraduate students. Providing generic technical and practical descriptions of the operation of instrumentation and control devices and systems, this book also contains mathematic analysis where appropriate.

Addressing this subject area, the domain of Instrumentation Engineers/Technicians as well as Control Engineers, and covering established processes and protocols and extensive developing technology, this textbook is written with the marine engineer in mind, particularly those studying Engineering Knowledge. The content ranges from simple measurement devices, through signal conditioning and digitisation to highly sophisticated automated control and instrumentation systems.

It also includes a brand new section on electrical equipment in hazardous areas detailing hazards, gas groups, temperature classifications and types of protection including increased and intrinsic safety and encapsulation, and up-to-date material on the new generation of Liquified Natural Gas carriers, SMART sensors and protocols, as well as computer based systems.

This text is reinforced throughout with worked examples and self-study questions.


  • This text is reinforced throughout with worked examples and self-study questions
  • This book keeps reader abreast of recent changes in the marine engineering field
  •  Practical descriptions of the operation of instrumentation and control devices 


Introduction to Marine Engineering

About this Book

This second edition deals comprehensively with all aspects of a ship’s machinery from propulsion and steering to deck machinery and electrical equipment with a strong emphasis upon correct and safe procedures.

Material has been added and revised to reflect the greater weight now being placed upon the cost-effective operation of ships; in terms of greater equipment reliability, more fuel-efficient engines, the ever-increasing shift towards automatically operated machinery, and the need for fewer engineering crew. This is an invaluable guide for professionals but equally covers the requirements for Class 4 and Class 3 Engineer’s Certificates of Competency, the first two years of the Engineer Cadet Training Scheme, and the Engineering Knowledge syllabus for the Master’s Certificate.



  • Have to be updated

Ship Construction 

About this Book

  • Ship Construction is a comprehensive text for students of naval architecture, ship building and construction, and for professional Naval Architects and Marine Engineers as a refresher on the latest developments in ship types, safety and shipyard practices. Beginning with an introduction to ship building and concluding with the finished product, the book enables the reader to follow the construction of a ship from start to finish. Eyres explores in depth, chapter by chapter, the development of ship types, materials and strengths of ships, welding and cutting, shipyard practice, ship structure and outfitting. The new edition includes a new chapter on computer-aided design and manufacture, and all the latest international regulations and technological developments.

Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair

About this Book

“The most up-to-date and readable book we’ve seen on the subject.”―Sailing World

“Deserves a place on any diesel-powered boat.”―Motor Boat & Yachting

“Clear, logical, and even interesting to read.”―Cruising World

Keep your diesel engine going with help from a master mechanic

Marine Diesel Engines has been the bible for do-it-yourself boatowners for more than 15 years. Now updated with information on fuel injection systems, electronic engine controls, and other new diesel technologies, Nigel Calder’s bestseller has everything you need to keep your diesel engine running cleanly and efficiently. Marine Diesel Engines explains how to:

  • Diagnose and repair engine problems
  • Perform routine and annual maintenance
  • Extend the life and improve the efficiency of your engine

Lamb’s Questions and Answers on Marine Diesel Engines

About this Book

Lamb’s Questions and Answers on the Marine Diesel Engine is a comprehensive reference book for Marine Engineers and all seekeing a working knowledge of the marine diesel engine. This fully revised eighth edition has been completely rewritten. New coverage includes super-longstroke and slow-speed engines, and a new generation of medium-speed engines burning lower quality fuels. New purifier systems for fuel treatment, and the testing of fuel and lubrication oils on board ship are also discussed.

Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines

About this Book

Since its first appearance in 1950, Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines has served seagoing engineers, students of the Certificates of Competency examinations and the marine engineering industry throughout the world. Each new edition has noted the changes in engine design and the influence of new technology and economic needs on the marine diesel engine.
Now in its ninth edition, Pounder’s retains the directness of approach and attention to essential detail that characterized its predecessors. There are new chapters on monitoring control and HiMSEN engines as well as information on developments in electronic-controlled fuel injection. It is fully updated to cover new legislation including that on emissions and provides details on enhancing overall efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions.

After experience as a seagoing engineer with the British India Steam Navigation Company, Doug Woodyard held editorial positions with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineers. He subsequently edited The Motor Ship journal for eight years before becoming a freelance editor specializing in shipping, shipbuilding and marine engineering. He is currently technical editor of Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, a contributing editor to Speed at Sea, Shipping World and Shipbuilder and a technical press consultant to Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine.

Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting

About this Book

Surrounded by ocean for miles on all sides is no time to experience trouble with your boat’s electrical and electronic systems. In Advanced Marine Electrics and Electronics Troubleshooting, marine technology expert Edwin Sherman helps owners make sense of modern boats’ increasingly sophisticated installations and networked electronics. 

Packed with helpful tables and charts, this comprehensive guide belongs on the bookshelf of both marine technology professionals as well as weekend boat enthusiasts. Inside, you’ll learn how to:

•    Use the latest diagnostic tools and techniques
•    Diagnose all levels of AC and DC problems
•    Keep navigation and communication systems protected from interference and lightning
•    Find and eliminate stray-current sources and galvanic corrosion

Outboard Motors Maintenance and Repair Manual 

About this Book

The aim of this book, with its superb step by step photographs and detailed diagrams is to enable every owner to understand the workings of an outboard motor (2 or 4 stroke) and be able to fix it with relative ease.

It includes: an explanation of the different parts that make up the engine and how they interact; how fuel is transformed into propulsion; regular maintenance and repair worksheets to help even the most mechanically ignorant to work on their outboard engine with confidence; the most common causes of breakdown; troubleshooting tables to allow you to diagnose and fix the most common engine problems and advice on how to winterize your outboard in one short afternoon.

After reading this book, your outboard will no longer be a potential bother to you but an ally for better boating.

Modern Marine Engineer’s Manual, Vol. 1

About this Book

This book is designed to serve as a textbook for students and a reference for today’s engineering officers, port engineers, superintendent engineers, and other maritime professionals. Steam turbine propulsion systems are included, but the coverage has been reduced in recognition of the popularity of main propulsion diesel engines, covered in volume 2, and the anticipated increasing applications of aeroderivative gas turbines. Reciprocating steam engines have been eliminated.

Pumps, pumping systems, and heat exchangers are given extensive coverage. Computer applications for machinery and system management are presented, including an entire chapter on maintenance management.

Relevant material on international and national laws, classification society requirements, and standards, such as ISO 9000 series and the ISM code, are included in the text. The characteristics of fuels are presented along with a discussion of fuel testing and analysis, and a section on bunkering.

A chapter on safety and management discusses shipboard engineering operations, shipyard repair planning and economics, and safety management. Each chapter includes review questions and references for additional study.

Marine Electrical Equipment and Practice

About this Book

Caters for marine engineer candidates for Department of Transport Certification as Marine Engineer Class One and Class Two. It covers the various items of ships’ electrical equipment and explains operating principles.

David McGeorge is a former lecturer in Marine Engineering at the College of Maritime Studies, Warsash, Southampton. He is the author of General Engineering Knowledge.

Introduction to Practical Marine Engineering

About this Book

This introductory textbook for students of marine engineering is intended for use in the classroom and on the floor plates. It was prepared by professors at Webb Institute, the US Merchant Marine Academy, and the University of Delaware. The two-volume format was selected to allow students to examine the illustrations while reading the text.

Reeds Marine Engineering Series

Reeds Vol 1: Mathematics for Marine Engineers

About this Book

This exciting new edition covers the core subject areas of arithmetic, algebra, mensuration in 2D and 3D, trigonometry and geometry, graphs, calculus and statistics and probability for Marine Engineering students for the Merchant Navy OOW qualification.

Initial examples have been designed purely to practise mathematical technique and, once these skills have been mastered, further examples focus on engineering situations where the appropriate skills may be utilised. The practical questions are primarily from a marine engineering background but questions from other disciplines, such as electrical engineering, will also be covered, and reference made to the use of advanced calculators where relevant.

Reeds Vol 2: Applied Mechanics for Marine Engineers

About This Book

Reeds Vol 3: Applied Thermodynamics for Marine Engineers

About this Book

This book covers the principal topics in thermodynamics for officer cadets studying Merchant Navy Marine Engineering Certificates of Competency (CoC) as well as the core syllabi in thermodynamics for undergraduate students in marine engineering, naval architecture and other marine technology related programmes.
This new edition will cover the laws of thermodynamics and of perfect gases, their principles and application in a marine environment.
This key textbook takes into account the varying needs of marine students, recognising recent changes to the Merchant Navy syllabus and current pathways to a sea-going engineering career, including National Diplomas, Higher National Diploma and degree courses.

The Best 15Marine engineering books

Reeds Vol 4: Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers

About this Book

Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers covers the theoretical, fundamental aspects of vessel design for students preparing for the Class 2 and Class 1 Marine Engineer Officer exams. It introduces the basic foundation themes within naval architecture–hydrostatics, stability, resistance, and powering–using worked examples to show how solutions should be presented for an exam. The topics are presented as a typical teaching module, to aid the use of the book by lecturers as a compliment to a course.

This updated edition contains text and figures in line with modern practice, including many of the figures as 3D diagrams, and a new section on computer software for naval architecture. Naval Architecture for Marine Engineers also includes sample examination questions with worked examples answers to aid students in their learning.

Reeds Vol 5: Ship Construction for Marine Engineers

About this Book

This textbook covers ship construction techniques and methods for all classes of Merchant Navy marine deck and engineering Certificates of Competency (CoC) as well as Undergraduate students studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. It is complementary to Volume 4 (Naval Architecture) and Volume 8 (General Engineering Knowledge).
Importantly, this new edition contains up-to-date information on modern shipyards, dry-docking procedures and methods of construction. Extensively illustrated, the book also includes sample examination questions with worked examples answers to aid students in their learning.

Reeds Vol 6: Basic Electrotechnology for Marine Engineers

About this Book

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the basic theoretical work required by Marine Engineering Officers and Electrotechnical Officers (ETOs), putting into place key fundamental building blocks and topics in electrotechnology before progressing to more complex topics and electromagnetic systems.

Volume 6 covers essential basic electrotechnology principles for the 21st century, including the fundamentals of electron theory, AC and DC current, circuits, electromagnetism and electrochemistry. It provides a firm foundation for complementary Volume 7 in the Marine Engineering Series to discuss emergent technology such as image intensifers, the transistor, increased maritime use of LEDs, and references to modern ship systems such as GPS, ECDIS, Radar and AIS.

This new edition has been thoroughly updated in line with guidelines, best practice and the many technological developments that have taken place over the past 5 years since the previous edition published, as well as improvements and updates to the technical diagrams.

Advanced Electrotechnology #7

About this Book

A companion to Volume 6 (Basic Electrotechnology for Engineers) this book covers more aspects of the theory of Electrotechnology. The syllabus is close to that of Electrical Engineering for Marine Engineer Cadets (Phase 3) of the Alternative Training Scheme and covers more fully the requirements of the DoT syllabus for Class 1 and Class 2 Marine Engineers. Students studying for the Extra First Class Engineers’ Certificate will also find it of value. It anticipates future extensions of these syllabuses and deals with brushless AC generators, excitation systems for marine alternators, and semiconductor theory relating to the diode, transistor and the thyristor. Numerous fully-worked problems are included in the text as well as test examples and typical examination questions with solutions.

Reeds Vol 8 General Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers

About this Book

Developed to complement Reeds Vol 12 (Motor Engineering for Marine Engineers), this textbook is key for all marine engineering officer cadets.

Accessibly written and clearly illustrated, General Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers takes into account the varying needs of students studying “general” marine engineering, recognizing recent changes to the Merchant Navy syllabus and current pathways to a sea-going engineering career. It includes the latest equipment, practices and trends in marine engineering, as well as incorporating the 2010 Manila Amendments, particularly relating to management. It is an essential buy for any marine engineering student.

This new edition reflects all developments within the discipline and includes updates and additions on, among other things:

· Corrosion, water treatments and tests
· Refrigeration and air conditioning
· Fuels, such as LNG and LPG
· Insulation
· Low sulphur fuels
· Fire and safety

Plus updates to many of the technical engineering drawings.

Reeds Vol 9: Steam Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers

About this Book

This book is a companion to Volume 8 – General Engineering Knowledge” in the “Reed’s Marine Engineering Series”, and is based on the DoT sylabus of Engineering Knowledge for the Class 2 and Class 1 Engineers Steam Certificates and Steam Endorsements. It includes a selection of questions of the type set in the exams for Class 2 and Class 1 Engineers.”