The Port of London Authority (PLA) officially launched the LR classed £7million multi-purpose river maintenance vessel, London Titan, in a naming ceremony at Tower Pier on the River Thames earlier this month.
London Titan was built to work on the Thames River: home to the UK's second biggest port, and the busiest inland waterway for passengers and freight as well as a centre for sporting and recreational activity. Her main responsibilities will include keeping the river clear of obstructions and channels clearly marked for all to use.
Photo credit: Port of London Authority
The vessel is the PLA’s biggest single investment in over 20 years, designed by MacDuff Ship Design and built at Manor Marine's shipyard in Portland, Dorset; the largest craft of this type to be built at this shipyard.
London Titan has been designed to work along virtually all of the PLA's 95 miles of the tidal Thames. She is squat and shallow enough to negotiate bridges and robust enough to operate in the outer estuary.
Antony Barker, LR Lead Specialist, a member of the project team overseeing the construction vessel and in attendance at the naming ceremony, commented: "It was a very rewarding project to work on. We have been involved with the construction from design concept through the build process to the vessel entering full LR class.”
Shipping minister Robert Goodwill MP, who also attended the ceremony, said: "The London Titan will help to meet the needs of the growing number of businesses and passengers who rely on it all year round."
Following the successful collaboration of the LR Southampton team with the shipyard building this vessel, LR has won the contract to oversee the construction of another workboat at Manor Marine.