In-Depth Guide to
Power and Propulsion

Environmentalists outside of the marine industry might like to see all ships powered by wind or solar and make engines of any description a thing of the past but more practically minded people will recognise that while such power sources can make a small contribution, an engine of some type is an essential element of a safe and efficient ship.

There may one day come a time when ships are fitted with a power source that is not an internal combustion engine but for the foreseeable future the power needed for propulsion and other ship systems is almost certain to come from a marine diesel engine running on either oil or a liquid gas fuel.

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