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Titanic Power Needed For a Massive Movie Set

Issue 3 and Volume 102.

Titanic Power Needed For a Massive Movie Set

Aggreko supplied more than 8.5 MW for the production of “Titanic,” the Golden Globe Award winning blockbuster. It took seven months to film the movie, which is the largest budget film to date with more than $200 million spent. For the most part, the electrical power was used for the major lighting requirements of the evening shots of the ship as it sat in the seven-acre, 17 million gallon exterior seawater tank. The task of lighting the 770 foot long replica, only 10 percent smaller than the actual ship, took more than about 2 MW. Special effects such as the final stages of disaster, when the ship is separated into two pieces with the front half sinking in 40 feet of water, took four 1 million pound hydraulic lifts, power by generators, to lift the steel and wood replica to a vertical position. p