When Experience Matters

Rod Twitchin established Rod Twitchin Marine Pty Ltd (RTM) in 2011 after 25 years of previous industry experience, both shore and sea-based.

Our suite of Professional Marine Services includes all types of vessel surveying, from pre-purchase surveys to insurance condition reporting, vessel valuations, project management & consultancy to expert witness and all things in between.

RTM is conveniently based at The Boat Works, located within the northern superyacht yard.

We travel locally, nationally & internationally, sharing our 35-plus years of knowledge and experience to help you enjoy smoother and safer boating experiences.

We look forward to assisting you with your boat soon!

we are independent & experienced

RTM work with recreational & commercial boat owners, crews, and operators on vessels of all types and sizes.

20ft - 200ft +


australia-wide & international

meet the team

We are a family-owned and run business, with Rod’s wife Renee an integral part of RTM’s operations.

Rod and Renee Sea Trials

Renee Twitchin - Owner, Surveyor

Renee has been working in the Marine Industry for over 10 years and has a sound sailing & boating background.

Renee also has strong administration and management experience and has been assisting Rod with vessel surveys and the operation of RTM since 2015.

She is currently studying for her own Surveyors Certification through the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS) which she will complete in 2023.

While she is not studying and keeping Rod in check, she also assists with project coordination, client & trade liaisons, reporting and administration.

rod twitchin - Owner, Manager RTM

The marine industry has been Rod’s main working platform since his apprenticeship in 1984. Rod’s first formal AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) accreditation was in 1993 to skipper smaller vessels, then Engineer (1999), Ships Master (2000), & Commercial Surveyor (2012).

Certification in Vessel Valuations, a Trade Certificate in Mechanics, Open Water Diver, and shore-based positions as General Manager and Project Manager of large refit & repair companies make him perfect for just about any job that involves handling, inspecting, or repairing vessels.

In 2011, Rod established Rod Twitchin Marine Pty Ltd, which allowed him to move away from the desk, hitting the front line again and being involved hands-on with his clients and vessels, providing personal and good old-fashioned service.

Rod Twitchin Managing Director RTM Marine Surveyors Gold Australia

Rod’s enviable CV includes:


Ships Valuer – 2014 – Current
Trade Certificate – Mechanical – 1987 – Current
PADI Open Water Diver ~ 1996 – Current
Bronze Medallion – Volunteer Life Saver

AMSA Accreditations:

Commercial Boat Licence: 1993
Coxwain: 1997 – Current
Engineer: 1999 – Current
Master: 2000 – Current
Surveyor: 2012 – Current

Rod’s experience on the water:

Ships Master
Ships Engineer
Over 10 years at sea, including countless coastal passages and ocean crossings.
Project managing maintenance & refit works for vessels of all sizes

He has also held an array of shore-based positions, including:

Harbour Master
Marina Manager
General Manager and Project Manager for large refit and repair companies specialising in superyachts.

Spending over 10 years at sea as a Master and Engineer, Rod has visited many shipyards worldwide for annual maintenance and refit works as the client.

Couple this with working within a shipyard environment as the project manager, it’s fair to say Rod has vast experience from both sides of the marine industry. This has forged an unlimited level of service and an unrivalled understanding of the meaning of time, quality and budget.

key memberships

For more information about us or any of our Surveys or Professional Marine Services, please contact us.

For more information about us or any of our Surveys or Professional Marine Services, please contact us.