Our Team

Brent Shipman – Director

Brent ShipmanBrent is very much a hands-on Managing Director who established Total Marine Services in 1986 after having spent 8 years with the Auckland Harbour Board. Brent worked within the construction department as a charge hand on pile-driving rigs and wharf repair gangs covering timber and concrete construction. Prior to his time with AHB Brent served with the NZ Navy and is a trained and qualified Navy diver.

Since forming TMSL, Brent has managed and overseen the completion of many contracts in the past twenty years involving many varied facets of marine-based construction.

Tim Yeates – Director

Brent ShipmanTim has spent his entire working life within the marine industry. His first working experiences were on motor ships and square rigged ships. From there, Tim was the Operation Manager of Marine Contractors Limited for eight years, based in the Bay of Islands. Tim then spent two years as Construction Manager for Northland Piling and Contracting (based in Opua). This company is wholly owned by Total Marine Services Limited and now trades as Total Marine Services Limited. Tim can attest to extensive experience in salvage work and construction knowledge.

Operations Manager -
Mark Macduff

Mark MaduffMark has been a full time employee of Total Marine Services for over five years and prior to that was employed as a sub-contractor.
Mark is an experienced boat builder and qualified skipper and has expertise in the operation of specialised water-borne machinery including dredging and pile driving.

Mark has previously worked in landscaping and is skilled in the construction of timber structures, land-based piling and retaining walls.



Project Manager -
Rob Brown

Rob BrownRob is responsible for the design and management of the major projects at TMS

Rob has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary roles involving design, engineering, project management and Operations management.

Rob is a qualified mechanical engineer and is currently completing a masters degree in civil engineering at Auckland university.

Rob is a member of IPENZ, the New Zealand Geotechnical society and the New Zealand coastal society.

Rob has extensive experience in the marine industry where he started as a boat builder and marine engineer and has since gained 15 years experience in the design and project management of marine structures.



Construction Foreman -
Tony Mcphail

Tony McPhail Tony has been an employee with Total Marine Services since 1989. Over that time he has worked his way from a general deckhand on the barges and tugs to a skilled crane operator and piling construction foreman.

Tony extensive experience on the job has provided him with an understanding of marine construction issues and has been involved in a number of Total Marine Services high profile jobs throughout New Zealand. Projects include the America's Cup bases in the Viaduct Harbour, the Gulf Harbour Eastern Marina extension and the wharf repairs at Motuihe, Orapiu, Old Matiatia and Birkenhead.