Ship Design and Performance for Masters and Mates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750660006, 9780080454948

Ship Design and Performance for Masters and Mates

1st Edition

Authors: Bryan Barrass
eBook ISBN: 9780080454948
Paperback ISBN: 9780750660006
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 9th July 2004
Page Count: 264
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Ship Design and Performance for Masters and Mates is a quick to use, comprehensive reference that brings the key information needed to understand ship design and performance at your fingertips. The book covers all key aspects of ship design and performance, supplemented by exam revision one-liners. It does not assume detailed theoretical knowledge, but rather builds up the reader's understanding of how the elements of ship design influence and impact on its performance, and how the engineer, crew and operators can maximise the performance of their vessel in operation.

Written by an experienced marine engineering consultant, author and lecturer, this book presents key facts and formulas, backed up throughout by relevant theory, illustrations and photographs. It includes examples of modern ship-types and their general particulars and covers topics ranging from design and power coefficients to types of ship resistance; types of ship speed; types of power on ships; designing a ship's propeller; details of maximum ship squats; the phenomena of interaction of ships in confined waters; mechanisms for improving ship handling; and improvements in power output.

This book is an essential introduction and reference for students and those newly at sea, as well as for anyone involved with ship design, marine engineering, naval architecture, and the day-to-day operation of ships in port.

Key Features

  • Accessible information on understanding and improving ship performance at your fingertips
  • Ideal for marine engineering students and those studying for certificates of competency
  • Covers all key aspects of ship design and performance, with exam revision one-liners


Trainee and practising marine engineers and crew. Students of marine engineering and naval architecture, in particular, those studying for vocational level marine qualifications in maritime colleges/HEIs/FEIs in the UK and abroad. Some undergraduate interest as an ancillary text.

Table of Contents

Preface and introduction; Examples of modern ship-types and their general particulars; Ship design; Preliminary estimates; Design coefficients; Types of ship resistance; Types of ship speed; Types of power on ships; Power coefficients; Designing a ship's propeller; Ship performance; Ship trials; Details of maximum ship squats; The phenomena of interaction of ships in confined waters; Ship vibration; Mechanisms for improving ship handling; Damping devices; Improvements in power output; Reference centre; Formulae; Exam preparations; Index


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About the Author

Bryan Barrass

Dr Bryan Barrass worked as a Ship Draughtsman for 11 years at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. In 1963, he then became a Lecturer in Naval Architecture in Sunderland. From 1967 to 1993, he worked at Liverpool John Moores University, lecturing to Maritime Degree students, Masters, Mates, and Marine Engineers.

In 1993 he retired from full-time work. He became a visiting Lecturer and has written seven books involving Ship Stability, Ship Design & Ship Performance and Ship Squat & Interaction. His interest in Ship Squat began in April 1972, starting on research for his Ph.D. degree.

He has worked with many national & international Port Authorities. They include the PLA, Milford Haven PA, Liverpool PA, Humberside PA, Tyne PA, Truro PA, Newhaven PA, Bordeaux PA, Klaipeda PA, Nantes PA and Hamburg PA.

Dr Barrass has supplied Ship Squat and Interaction information to 22 countries worldwide. He has lectured at a great number of UK Universities and has advised many Ship-owners on the above listed Specialist topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

International maritime consultant and lecturer in marine technology at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK


Ship Design and Performance for Masters and Mates is a particularly useful textbook for those students new to the subjects covered, as well as proving a useful quick reference text for professional practitioners. With clear and concise explanation, it is informative yet easy to follow. The numerous worked examples and clear diagrams will aid the student's understanding. Students will appreciate the photographs, list of formulae and nomenclature. For those with examinations to pass the supply of typical examination questions, revision one-liners and hints on how to pass examinations will be particularly welcome. - Nicola Pryce-Roberts, Liverpool John Moore University, UK, July 2004 "This books is a concise guide to the principal process involved in the design of a merchant ship and the procedures for conducting sea trials to ensure that the ship meets its design criteria...This book exceedingly good value with a lot of information and examples that are relevant for those who wish to follow a career in operating or managing merchant ships." - Seaways, January 2006 "The title of this book should not be taken too literally. While Dr. Barrass indicates that his book is directed at masters and mates, there is excellent material here for a much wider audience. I am inclined to encourage every shipowner, shipowner-to-be, ship builder and ship designer to have this book on his shelf." - Marine Technology, April 2005

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