Marine Engineering: 4 Benefits People Need

How Marine Engineering Has Kept Many Sectors Afloat and Sailing

Marine engineering, by contrary beliefs, is a vital aspect of engineering for a lot of industries. Often, you can see oil and gas sectors, maritime companies, and export-import industries needing various forms of marine engineering.

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Having said that, it simply means that these sectors benefits from marine engineering. There are various ways that these sectors benefit from marine engineering. That translates into marine engineering being much needed by a lot of these sectors. Furthermore, as long as its needed, it will keep marine engineering relevant.

Advantages of Marine Engineering

If you are in some of the following sectors, then you may need marine engineering:

  • Oil and gas sectors
  • Maritime companies
  • Export-import industries
  • And many other industries that travels by sea

Here are some ways such industries can benefit from marine engineering.

1. Constant and Continuous Maintenance

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Everyone knows that transportation needs regular maintenance. From regular checkups, to repairs, and even a new paint job, they need maintenance. Marine engineers will find themselves in positions where they have to help with onboard ship repairs and maintenance.

The upkeep of a ship is a costly one, but it’s needed anyway. If you wish to maintain long term business with consistent profits, then it’s definitely a good idea to maintain the ship.

2. Offshore and Marine Safety is Especially Imperative

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Marine engineers are also responsible for keeping tabs of a boat’s safety. Accidents on boats such as boat fires, engine malfunctioning, etc., are not talked about often. A lot of times boaters and ship operators take for granted that nothing bad will happen onboard. However, they are very wrong. They totally forgot that anything can happen even when the boats are docked or berthed.

Therefore, it’s great to get a marine engineer on board to help maintain the ship.

3. Having Certain Influence Over Maritime Laws

Being a marine engineer means you have a certain voice and influence over future maritime laws. This is mostly because marine engineers understand their industry more than anyone else for obvious reasons. That means they are able to push for better and improved maritime laws.

4. Transferable Skills to Other Engineering Types

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Marine engineer may be a relatively new engineering type. However, there are certain skills and aspects that they can transfer to other engineering departments. These transferable skills have been proven useful as the marine engineers are able to find a new job within the same sector when laid off.

Generally, marine engineers learn different aspects of engineering from other engineering types. That means when they are looking for a new engineering job, they can shift to another different engineering kind. They just need to upskill other parts of engineering as a form of upgrading themselves.

Conclusion

Marine engineers are useful in numerous ways. They contribute so much to the maritime industry, which in turn benefits so many other industries that need the sea.

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Boat Maintenance: 4 Reasons Why You Need It

Keeping Your Boat Well Maintained Is Important

Boat maintenance is a vital part of any boat upkeep. A lot of ships from any industry will need some form of boat maintenance. When companies say that they need boat maintenance, it usually means almost anything:

Boats need maintenance and upkeep for a myriad of reasons. Here are some reasons why you need it.

4 Reasons Why You Need Boat Upkeep

1. Avoid battery and engine problems

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Battery and engine problems have been a prevalent issue in many boats. It can come from a series of pre-existing issues. Follow the simple steps below in keeping your boat well-maintained:

  • Always replace the engine’s reeling battery with another marine battery. Choose one that has thicker plates and a more robust design. Try not to choose an auto battery to withstand the strong vibration and pounding a boat can deliver.
  • Secure the marine battery with a good battery tray, which should at least have a base that is screwed or bolted to the boat. Or you can choose a rigid bracket or a locking strap to hold it to the base. You certainly do not want the battery smashing around in rough water.
  • Frequently check the battery terminal connections to ensure that they are snug and free of corrosion. If you use the boat less than frequently, then use a maintenance-type battery charger to keep the battery fully charged between trips.

2. Prevent fuel problems

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Using the wrong fuel may destroy your boat and its engine. Here are some tips when it comes to fuel problems:

  • If possible, fuel your boat with gasoline that does not contain ethanol. If only ethanol-blend fuel is available, then make sure to only use fuel with up to 10% ethanol (E10). No marine engine is certified to operate on fuel with more than 10% ethanol. Try to by fresh gas from a busy fuel dock or gas station where you can.
  • Use a fuel stabilizer additive if you don’t forestall using most of the fuel in your boat within a couple of weeks. Modern gasoline can begin to oxidize and form problem-causing deposits in the fuel system in just a few weeks. This is especially true in older engines fitted with a carburetor rather than fuel injection.
  • Install a 10-micron water-separating fuel filter between the fuel tank and the engine. This can have a spin-off filter element. Many newer boats are already equipped with these filters. This can in turn keep water and very fine particles of debris out of the engine. Carry a spare filter element on the boat where you can.

3. Have a solid maintenance plan

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It’s all in having a solid maintenance plan. Lack of a coherent plan makes it impossible for many marine operators to enjoy maximum satisfaction from their watercraft. Regardless of how prudent you are, a boat is an expensive transaction.

Buying one without having a plan on how to maintain and run it without spending so much money is a recipe for disaster. You will want to have as much information as you can get on the best boat for your budget range. Part of your investigation should include shopping for brands with a reputation for being trustworthy and easy to maintain.

There are boat brands that deliver optimal utility with light maintenance with OEM and off-the-market spares. Don’t buy a boat without thinking properly about the maintenance and other related costs. It’s the best way to avoid any costly mistakes.

4. Price as an indicator for long-term maintenance

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Remember that selling a boat a few years after buying may end in a loss. Buy a boat you can own for at least 10 years so you can get the maximum value. The price of a boat usually gives a clue about the cost of maintaining it. If you wish to save money on maintenance, get a boat you or your company can afford. That way, it becomes easier to pay for any expenses that come your way.

The higher the price of a boat, the more expensive its parts and maintenance costs. It’s like owning a Porsche versus a Toyota Corolla car. The premium price of the former means every product and service attached to its maintenance will command high prices to reflect the vehicle class.

So, before you sign that contract to finance that boat, think about the accessibility of spare parts. Also, think about the technical knowhow. If you are going for the best boat on the market, make sure to budget for top dollar maintenance.

Conclusion

Remember that boat maintenance is as important. We are very sure that you do not wish to pay for an expensive boat upkeep long term. Therefore, remember to do really good research before committing. After all, you do not wish to get your hands on a lemon boat either!

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Is Marine Engineering Ever Important?

Marine engineering is perhaps one of the less-talked-about engineering categories. However, that does not mean it does not exist. A lot of people may think that marine engineering isn’t as important or common as some other engineering categories. Well, they are obviously wrong!

Marine engineering has played many vital and substantial roles across many sectors. We are here to enlighten you on what marine engineering is, and what it is for. Read on to find out what it is.

Why You Need Marine Engineers

Marine engineers are people who make and repair boats, underwater crafts, offshore platforms, and drilling equipment. They also design, build, and test ships, boats, and other marine entities.

At the same time, it is normal for them to work closely with naval architects to design small yachts, fishing boats, submarines, and aircraft carriers.

They may sometimes even have to work closely with ocean engineers. In quick summary, marine engineering is a lot like ocean engineering, but with a mix of other engineering types. It is a combination of classical engineering types like civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. What separates marine engineers is their ability to solve complicated problems. These include hydrodynamics, marine acoustics, offshore engineering, marine robotics and naval architecture.

Common Skills Used By Marine Engineers

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Marine engineers are expected to know and learn a wide range of skills to stay relevant in the market. Here are some of the core skills your typical marine engineer should have:

  • Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • IT skills (so they can use AutoCAD design software)

Soft skills that are good for marine engineers to have to stay in their field:

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Leadership

Where Do Marine Engineers Usually Work At?

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Marine Engineers stereotypically work offshore – oilrigs and ships mostly. That stereotype may be true, but it doesn’t mean that there are no offshore jobs for them.

Here are some common marine engineering jobs you can find:

  • Merchant vessels
  • Navy vessels where you are able to combine your naval career with your technical experiences
  • Shipping equipment manufacturers
  • Oil industries

People generally can understand that not everyone wants to work offshore. To some people, going offshore is a complete put off to them. That being said, here are some onshore jobs that marine engineers can work at:

  • Hotels that have sea vessels in their services
  • Government organizations
  • Shipping companies
  • Training other marine engineers
  • Marine engineering firms
  • Boatbuilders

Conclusion

Marine engineering is an important aspect of engineering. It may not be the most popular aspect, but still is important nonetheless. Its salary is relatively high, albeit not as high as what some other engineering aspects.

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[News Rehash] Marine Link: Shipbreaking and Recycling a Ship Safely

Shipbreaking is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, according to the International Labor Organization. Shipbreaking is the process of breaking up huge old ships into spare parts. It almost always happens in developing countries and comes with an excessively high level of fatalities, injuries and work-related diseases.

In November 2016, 17 people were killed in a series of explosions on an oil tanker at a shipbreaking yard in Gadani, Pakistan. In 2019 alone, it was reported that 26 shipbreakers died in Bangladesh. This is an industry that can be improved to be so much safer.

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The process of shipbreaking is useful as much as it is important. After 30 years, a ship’s structural strength deteriorates and becomes unprofitable to repair and maintain. That being said, it’s good to extract any valuable materials like steel, iron, aluminium, and plastics, for any necessary recycling. Recycling it is a lot better than letting the ship sink or abandonment. It’s also economical too.

The majority of end-life ships are dismantled and sold to South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. In recent years, it’s common to see it in West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana. It is said that in those countries, ship-recycling is especially a lucrative industry. It supports many livelihoods and serves as a source of raw materials for local industries.

One person in Lagos, Nigeria we interviewed as part of our academic research on shipbreaking told us that “local youths scavenge for heavy metals such as copper, brass and bronze from the ships (especially the propeller)”. He claimed the propeller alone could fetch as much as £40,000. In Bangladesh, it is estimated that about 36,000 people are employed in shipbreaking, and half of the country’s total steel is salvaged from dismantled ships.

Impact on Societies and Environment

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It has become very clear that when these ships reach the end of their lives, they pose a threat to people and the ship’s environment. A 2010 World Bank report says that by 2030 Bangladesh and Pakistan would have accumulated millions of tonnes of hazardous waste from shipbreaking.

This would include 85,000 tonnes of asbestos, 256,000 tonnes of hazardous chemicals known as PCBs, mainly from cables, 225,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances, 75,000 tonnes of paints containing heavy metals and toxins, 720 tonnes of heavy metals, nearly 2.2 million cubic metres of liquid organic waste and over a million tonnes of other hazardous wastes. Similar studies have also shown shipbreaking pollutes its surrounding sediment and seawater, harming nearby marine life and risking the livelihoods of fishermen.

Despite the many benefits of shipbreaking, the human and environmental costs mean people need something more sustainable. This is what Olalekan Adekola (Geography lecturer from York St John University) and Md Jahir Rizvi (Mechanical and Marine Engineering lecturer from Plymouth University) investigated in their academic research throughout late 2018 and 2019.

Part of the problem is how companies are avoiding regulations. According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, in 2017, about 80% of the world’s end-of-life tonnage was broken under rudimentary conditions on the beaches of Alang in India, Chittagong in Bangladesh and Gadani in Pakistan.

As pointed out by someone we interviewed in our research, these ships often end up in a developing country after being brought there under the guise of being operational but with the intention of being scrapped. By doing this, many shipping firms from developed countries especially in Europe can evade environmental and workplace legislation at home. But while there are established challenges like this, dangerous shipbreaking is also very much a design issue.

Pushing for Sustainable Ship Recycling

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In Olalekan Adekola and Md Jahir Rizvi’s new study, they review the existing methods that are currently used by shipbreaking yards. They found that none were completely effective at controlling the spread of hazardous materials.

For example, “beaching” is the most popular technique, as it takes advantage of natural beaches with high tidal zones and long mudflats and as such that needs minimal additional infrastructure. The ship is first anchored just offshore where easily removable items are taken away to make it as light as possible. Then during high tide, the ship is shifted to the mudflat where it is fully broken down. As beaching contaminates the mudflats and the surrounding environments, it is not considered environmentally friendly.

They have instead come up with a sustainable and environmentally-friendly process, one that shipbreakers in developing countries can implement without sustaining any significant costs. Both Olalekan Adekola and Md Jahir Rizvi propose performing the entire shipbreaking process on a specially constructed bed rather than a muddy surface.

The bed will be made of 4 layers, using concrete materials, pebbles and sand. As each layer will have a different level of porosity and the ability to regulate how materials pass through it. Hazardous materials and wastes will be trapped effectively and not be able to reach the base of the bed – or flow into the sea.

Their modelling reflects that this will restrict the concentration of hazardous materials and minimize or even eliminate the chances of these materials contaminating the surrounding environment. At the same time, their proposed approach is sustainable on 3 levels:

  • It protects the environment
  • Allows shipbreaking activities to continue benefiting livelihoods and reduces resource extraction
  • Uses mostly natural materials that are readily available, affordable and reusable

They equally recognize institutional challenges. Among their proposals are an international operational framework for shipbreaking, and extending the idea of extended producer responsibility to ship makers and shipping companies. This means they will (and should) be responsible for after-sale waste, as is sometimes the case with electronic waste.

News rehashed from Marine Link by Olalekan Adekola and Md Jahir Rizvi. The same news can be seen on The Conversation.

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