Ship Construction

7th Edition

Authors: George Bruce David Eyres
Paperback ISBN: 9780080972398
eBook ISBN: 9780080972404
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 22nd May 2012
Page Count: 400
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


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

Table of Contents



Part 1 Introduction to Shipbuilding

1. Basic design of the ship

Preparation of the design

Information provided by design

Purchase of a new vessel

Ship contracts

Further reading

Some useful websites

2. Ship dimensions, form, size, or category

Oil tankers

Bulk carriers

Container ships

IMO oil tanker categories

Panama canal limits

Suez canal limits

Some useful websites

3. Development of ship types

Dry cargo ships

Bulk carriers

Car carriers

Oil tankers

Passenger ships

Further reading

Part 2 Materials and Strength of Ships

4. Classification societies

Rules and regulations

Lloyd’s register

Classification of ships operating in ice

Structural design programs

Periodical surveys

Hull planned maintenance scheme

Damage repairs

Further reading

5. Steels

Manufacture of steels

Heat treatment of steels

Steel sections

Shipbuilding steels

High tensile steels

Corrosion-resistant steels

Steel sandwich panels

Steel castings

Steel forgings

Further reading

6. Other shipbuilding materials

Aluminum alloy

Production of aluminum

Aluminum alloy sandwich panels

Fire protection

Fiber-reinforced composites (FRCs)

Some useful websites

7. Testing of materials

Classification society tests for hull materials

8. Stresses to which a ship is subject

Vertical shear and longitudinal bending in still water

Bending moments in a seaway

Longitudinal shear forces

Bending stresses

Transverse stresses

Local stresses

Brittle fracture

Fatigue failures




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About the Author

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


"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