36.5m London Titan Ceremony
The Port of London Authority (PLA) officially introduced its £7 million multi-purpose river maintenance vessel, London Titan, in a ceremony at Tower Pier on Thursday, 3 December 2015. Officially named by Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, London Titan will keep the river clear of obstructions and channels clearly marked for all to use.
The London Titan's work is vital on a river that is home to the UK’s second biggest port, busiest inland waterway for passengers and freight and a centre for sporting and recreational activity. The London Titan was built at Manor Marine’s shipyard in Portland, Dorset to Lloyd’s Register class.
Shipping minister Robert Goodwill MP said: “Britain has a proud maritime history and this investment by the Port of London Authority will help ensure the sector continues to thrive. The government is doing everything possible to back this industry as part of its long-term economic plan to create jobs and growth. "The River Thames is enjoyed by Londoners and visitors to the capital. The London Titan will help it continue to meet the needs of the growing number of businesses and passengers who rely on it all year round.”
36.5m London Titan in action
The London Titan which has been built for the Port of London Authority (PLA) by Manor Marine at it’s premises in Portland Port, was launched February 2015. She is a new and unique multi-purpose mooring maintenance vessel, replacing PLA’s ‘Hookness’ and ‘Crossness’ salvage vessels. Titan is both Manor Marine’s largest vessel built to date, and also PLA’s largest single investment in 20 years, being built to a cost of £7 million.
Manor Marine was chosen to build the vessel after a competitive tender amongst yards in the UK and continental Europe.
Manor Marine - 36.5m London Titan - Portland Harbour
With a displacement of more than 600 tonnes, 36.5 metre length, 13.5 metre beam and total installed power of 2300kw, the London Titan has two identical folding cranes which are capable of lifting loads of up to 25 tonnes. The Titan’s unique design means she can work both at sea and in shallower waters of the Thames all the way up to Richmond Lock, as her folding deck cranes will allow safe passage through the bridges of central London.
Manor Marine - 36.5m Mooring Maintenance Vessel Launch
The PLA oversee navigational safety on the tidal river, which is home to the UK's second largest port, busiest inland waterway and rowing, yachting and other sporting activities all the way from Teddington Lock to the estuary.
The Titan’s regular work is expected to include:-
Laying, maintain and repairing moorings
Hauling wreckage from the bottom of the river
Supporting dive operations
Carrying out 'plough' dredging operations
Supporting third-party projects when required