London Titan – the Port
of London Authority’s
(PLA) new and unique
multi-purpose mooring
maintenance vessel – will
help modernise how the
authority works and
provide a safe work
platform for staff.
Speaking just days after
Titan was launched into
crystal clear waters at
Portland Harbour, Dorset, PLA director
of marine operations Peter Steen said
the boat should be in service by
summer.

Representing the PLA’s single biggest investment of the past 20 years, versatile Titan which cost £7 million, is essential for a port that welcomes everything from container ships to HMS Invincible, tall ships to rowing boats. Her unique design means she can work both at sea and in shallower waters all the way up to Richmond Lock, as her folding deck cranes will allow safe passage through the bridges of central London.
Weighing more than 600 tonnes with a 36.5-metre length, 13.5-metre width and three powerful engines, Titan’s cranes will be capable of lifting loads of up to 25 tonnes. She’ll work to keep busy river channels clear and marked for trade, travel and sport.

With sheer raw power wedded to manoeuvrability, it’s thought Titan will easily fill the void left by the PLA’s Hookness and Crossness salvage ships.
Peter said: “She is far more capable than the vessels she’s replacing, while her plough dredging capacity

adds an extra element to the services
we provide. That should also mean
less need for dredging by other areas
of the PLA and, therefore, reduce costs.”

Peter added that her name is a hat-tip
to one of PLA’s former sea cranes.
Titan will remain at Manor Marine, Portland, for fitting out and sea trials, before going on display at marine trade fair Seawork, in Southampton, in mid June. It’s hoped she’ll get to work on
the Thames shortly afterwards.

Peter said: “She looks great, even better than expected. The view from the bridge is fantastic, not only from a navigational point of view. There is also a remarkable view of the working area on-deck.”

 
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