Triton Naval Architects

about us

Brief Overview

Since its inception in 1987 as a partnership between Christo Smit and Richard Daggitt, (then known as Daggitt Smit & Associates, now Triton Naval Architects cc), the company has evolved, yet largely remained the same, in retaining a number of the same core people for between 16 and 30+ years.

During this time it has become a household name in Cape Town, the greater South Africa, and Namibia for Ship Design, Ship Stability, Powering, Mooring and Motion Studies, Structural Design and Analysis, Salvage Support, and all other aspects of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

While Richard left in 1993, Barry Kingwill joined as a partner in 1997.

TNA employs two naval architects, namely the partners,

Christo Smit, BSc Eng (Marine) Stellenbosch, MSc (Nav Arch) UCL, London

Barry Kingwill, B Eng (Mech) Stellenbosch, MSc Eng (Marine/Nav Arch) Stellenbosch & UCT

And five marine draughtsmen, structural draughtsmen & mechanical technicians, one Master Mariner and three administrative and financial support staff.

Triton also regularily takes on engineering / naval architectural student interns, particulary from foreign universities, for examply a number have come from Germany, Holland, USA, France etc, with their longer intern periods (4 to 6 months), which are often preferred over the shorter requirements (3 to 4 weeks) of the local universities.


Triton Naval Architects
No. 8 Foregate Square, Harbour Rd
Foreshore, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 21 418 2090 | Fax: +27 21 425 2722 | Email:

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