Engine Log Book

Engine log books are part of a daily routine onboard ships and help to keep a record of things happening inside the ship. Compared to other log books, it is important to maintain a separate one for the engine room. In it, a marine engineer watch keeper tracks all significant data concerning a ship’s machinery parameters, the performance, maintenance, and malfunctions of the engine and other machinery. These records can later be used for insurance claims or as information for authorities if accidents happen. Furthermore, they are used as a reference to compare and record data over time. Every time the shift of one watch keeper ends, and the next takes over, he or she has to sign the log book and complete it for their watch period. At the end of each day, a chief engineer must countersign the book and check all entries.
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