The recent innovations in marine technology have provided a great number of opportunities for naval engineers and marine engineers especially in equipment selection. However, a critical decision-making issue has arisen towards the choice of equipment types in order to manage overall system integrity onboard ships. This paper utilizes fuzzy information axioms (FIA) to ensure an optimum primary design layout for shipbuilding projects. To illustrate the proposed idea, the installation of a compressed air system is prosperously demonstrated. Besides innovative contributions to project/production management in the shipbuilding industry, the proposed methodology has also great potential to ensure global relevance especially to equipment configuration problem in other industrial disciplines.