Engine room watch-keeping engineers depend on various gauges, thermometers and pyrometers to ensure the engines are running and operating at optimum efficiency.
They also depend on the sense of touch to determine temperatures; handheld infrared thermometer use in the engineroom can compliment this
Marine Machinery, Engines & Controls
There are a number of moving parts and machines on a ship that is necessary to keep it moving. Learn about the different types of engines you will find, including main propulsion plant and auxilliary power generators. Also learn about the onboard electrical systems crucial to carrying out basic functions such as control, communication and navigation. These are all essential elements in Marine Engineering.
I was sailing third engineer on an Ulster Steamship cargo ship in 1969. We were on the UK to Montreal, Quebec and Great Lakes run, which was great in the summer months, but the winter weather could turn nasty giving a rough old passage across the North Atlantic, especially with a twisted prop blade!