Ship Construction

Ship Construction, 7th Edition

Ship Construction, 7th Edition,George Bruce,David Eyres,ISBN9780080972398






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Understand ship construction from start to finish with this comprehensive, clear and readable introduction

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  • Covers the complete ship construction process including the development of ship types, materials and strengths, welding and cutting and ship structure, with numerous clear line diagrams included for ease of understanding
  • Includes the latest developments in technology and shipyard methods, including a new chapter on computer-aided design and manufacture
  • Essential for students and professionals, particularly those working in shipyards, supervising ship construction, conversion and maintenance


Ship Construction, Seventh Edition, offers guidance for ship design and shipbuilding from start to finish. It provides an overview of current shipyard techniques, safety in shipyard practice, materials and strengths, welding and cutting, and ship structure, along with computer-aided design and manufacture, international regulations for ship types, new materials, and fabrication technologies. Comprised of seven sections divided into 32 chapters, the book introduces the reader to shipbuilding, including the basic design of a ship, ship dimensions and category, and development of ship types. It then turns to a discussion of rules and regulations governing ship strength and structural integrity, testing of materials used in ship construction, and welding practices and weld testing. Developments in the layout of a shipyard are also considered, along with development of the initial structural and arrangement design into information usable by production; the processes involved in the preparation and machining of a plate or section; and how a ship structure is assembled. A number of websites containing further information, drawings, and photographs, as well as regulations that apply to ships and their construction, are listed at the end of most chapters. This text is an invaluable resource for students of marine sciences and technology, practicing marine engineers and naval architects, and professionals from other disciplines ranging from law to insurance, accounting, and logistics.


Practising marine engineers and naval architects involved with basic ship design, structure and stability, particularly those working in shipyards, supervising ship construction, conversion, and maintenance; Marine engineering students

George Bruce

Professor George Bruce, has 30 years’ industrial experience in shipbuilding, including more recent roles in facilities development, research and innovation. He has acted as a consultant to shipbuilders and marine companies across the world and contributed to committees, steering groups and associations across the industry. He currently teaches and conducts research at the Newcastle University School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Researcher, Newcastle University, UK

David Eyres

Former lecturer in Naval Architecture at Plymouth University, UK, and former Manager of Policy and Standards Development with the Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former lecturer in Naval Architecture at Plymouth University, UK

Ship Construction, 7th Edition

Chapter 1 Basic Design of the Ship
Chapter 2 Ship Dimensions, Form, Size or Category
Chapter 3 Development of Ship Types
Chapter 4 Classification Societies
Chapter 5 Steels
Chapter 6 Other Shipbuilding Materials
Chapter 7 Testing of Materials
Chapter 8 Stresses to which a Ship is Subject
Chapter 9 Welding and Cutting Processes used in Shipbuilding
Chapter 10 Welding Practice and Testing Welds
Chapter 11 Shipyard Layout
Chapter 12 Design Information for Production
Chapter 13 Plate and Section Preparation and Machining
Chapter 14 Assembly of Ship Structure
Chapter 15 Launching
Chapter 16 Bottom Structure
Chapter 17 Shell Plating and Framing
Chapter 18 Bulkheads and Pillars
Chapter 19 Decks, Hatches, and Superstructures
Chapter 20 Fore End Structure
Chapter 21 Aft End Structure
Chapter 22 Tanker Construction
Chapter 23 Liquefied Gas Carriers
+Chapter 24 Lifting Arrangements
Chapter 25 Cargo Access, Handling, and Restraint
Chapter 26 Pumping and Piping Arrangements
Chapter 27 Corrosion Control and Anti-fouling Systems
Chapter 28 Ventilation, Refrigeration, and Insulation
Chapter 29 International Maritime Organization
Chapter 30 Tonnage
Chapter 31 Load Line Rules
Chapter 32 Structural Fire Protection

Quotes and reviews

"Both now retired from teaching, Eyres…and Bruce…update their textbook (first published in 1971) from the 2007 edition. It introduces ship design and shipbuilding practice to advanced undergraduate students of marine sciences and technology. It can also be used as a study guide for the Extra Master examinations, and as background for students of shipbuilding itself."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


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