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Titan Marine Engineering

Since 1993, the slipway of Titan Marine Engineering, together with its adjacent workshops, has become a familiar feature of the western side of the harbour in downtown Auckland.

In the meantime, the harbour itself has sprouted a thriving and busy marina, while the 1995 America’s Cup-winning Black Magic is proudly preserved just around the corner. Both developments do Titan Marine no harm, given the company’s specialisation in all matters maritime.

Today, the company is well known for its ability to carry out an extensive array of engineering and repair services, such as: engine surveys and overhauls, repairs or overhauls of generators, structural work on decks and hulls, repairs to propellers – in compliance with Germanischer Lloyd standards, and engine repairs that meet the specifications of Lloyd’s Register. A superbly well trained and experienced staff of more than 50 people can offer an extremely wide range of services, professional advice, or technical assistance to anything afloat or hoping to be afloat. There are full class-approved facilities for fabrication in stainless steel or carbon steel and aluminium. Titan’s staff includes highly qualified electricians who can be based in the workshop, on site, or shipboard. All electrical equipment is available and Titan can even hire you a generator.

Titan Marine’s workshops in Auckland are approved by Lloyd’s Register and Germanischer Lloyd. The latter, now better known as DNV GL, was established in 1864 and provides classification and technical assurance – along with software and independent expert advisory services – to the maritime, oil and gas, and energy industries. It also provides certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. The group calls itself the “world’s leading classification society, with a 24 percent market share of the world’s classed ships and mobile offshore units.”

DNV GL recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority to promote maritime research and development in several areas, including: liquefied natural gas (LNG) research and technology (covering both risk assessment and safety and simulation study and training); green ports, an examination of the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology in ports, in terms of infrastructure, processes and equipment and vessels; marine environment and resources (projects which are designed to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency, through retrofitting and improved operational maintenance); and organisation of maritime-related thought leadership forums to promote Green Shipping, Green Port and Green Technology in the Singapore maritime community.

Titan Marine is also known for its abilities in the area of superyachts. The slipway is rated to 1,500 tonnes and has been graced with an impressive list of superyachts, including some of the world’s foremost designs, in dock for a variety of services ranging from repainting to anti-fouling and water blasting. Yachts treated have included the Mayan Queen IV, a 92 metre motor yacht custom built in 2008 by Blohm & Voss Shipyards in Hamburg. The yacht’s interior was designed by Terence Disdale, with exterior styling by Tim Heywood Design. The Mayan Queen IV has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure, with a beam of 15.88 metres, and a 4.25 metre draft. This custom displacement yacht is equipped with a special stabilisation system to reduce roll motion effect for a smoother and more enjoyable cruising experience. Mayan Queen IV is built to comply with MCA and LR standards.

Another superyacht to undergo the Titan Marine treatment was Battered Bull, a 52.12 metre motor yacht custom built in 1995 by Feadship in the Netherlands. This vessel’s lovely exterior design and engineering were by De Voogt Naval Architects. Battered Bull, which cruises at 14 knots, has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure. It can accommodate up to 14 guests with a crew complement of up to 13. Less exotic but no less important are regular clients such as Maersk, Holcim, P&O, Sofrano and Golden Bay Cement.

Environmental awareness, a topic always taken most seriously in New Zealand, is an important aspect of Titan Marine’s business. The company is Oceania distributor for the systems of Techcross, a Korean specialist in Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) for either original-equipment installation or retrofit.

In 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted its international Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (known as the “BW Convention”). The Techcross design was approved by the IMO in 2008. The Electro-Cleen System (ECS) is claimed to be the most effective disinfection system using electrolysis technology. With in-situ generation of electric potential and oxidants from an Electro-Chamber Unit (ECU), ECS treats all of the incoming ballast water. Of the oxidants, hypochlorite remains in the ballast tanks to continuously disinfect residual organisms.

More specifically, when seawater passes through the ECU, a maximum 10 parts per million of hypochlorite is produced within the ECU. At the same time, two more effects occur to increase disinfection efficacy. One of these effects is the electrical energy from the electrodes, which physically shocks organisms, resulting in the weakening of cell membrane stability and enhancing the disinfection efficacy of the oxidant compounds generated by the ECU. The other effect is the production of oxidants such as hydroxyl radical and hypobromite (in addition to hypochlorite), which can oxidise cell membranes and cell walls to disinfect organisms.

Among the two types of oxidants, hydroxyl radical is a powerful oxidant which is instantly generated during electrolysis but also very short lived. On the other hand, the residual oxidant, hypochlorite, is able to remain active for a much longer period to eliminate residual organisms in ballast tanks and prevent re-growth.

Electro-Cleen obtained the industry’s first ever IMO Basic Approval in 2006, and Final Approval in 2008. ECS has also won numerous awards, including an innovation prize from Seoul’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy, a National Green Tech Award, and the Jang Young-Shil Award from the Korea Industrial Technology Association in 2011. ECS meets California’s standard (SB497), which is in the region of one thousand times stricter than the IMO’s D-2 standards.

Last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries signed an agreement with Techcross for the technical development of a next-generation ballast water management system.

Because the IMO’s BW Convention is expected to take full effect by the end of this year, close to 68,000 vessels under operation will need to be equipped with BWMS – which will sharply boost its demand – in an effort to minimise damage to the marine environment. The Korean ministry decided to sink up to KRW 12 billion ($11 million) between 2012 and 2018, in order to rapidly prepare for increasingly demanding technical standards.

Techcross was chosen as a partner developer after an open competitive process against four other Korean BWMS manufacturers, with a view to developing BWMS to meet the United States’ upcoming USCG phase II. Accordingly, Techcross is aiming to make its BWMS into a global market leader.

Of course, Titan Marine Engineering’s workshop is fitted with everything imaginable to repair and refit seagoing crafts, and can examine almost every form of item including both monorail and gantry-type cranes, sheaves, hooks, and electrical or air hoists. In fact, it would probably be simpler to list what the company cannot supply. The company is able to service its customers on a 24/7 basis to ensure no craft or item is out of operation for longer than absolutely necessary. And, just a short distance from Auckland’s trendy waterfront in the midst of this scenic working port, it’s worth a stroll just to sample the atmosphere even if your craft is in perfect nick!

For more information about Titan Marine Engineering, please visit http://www.titanmarine.co.nz/

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