Karl obtained his engineering education in Germany and in 1964 he graduated with a
degree Diplom-Ingenieur from the Technische Hochschule Hannover, in Mechanical and
From 1964 to 1967, Karl was a Design Enginer for waterpower
machinery with ESCHER WYSS AG, Zurich (Switzerland), nowadays SULZER ESCHER WYSS. He was
involved in the design of storage pumps and Kaplan turbines, and the application of
computers in design calculations and analysis of model and site tests of the water power
From 1963 to 1971, Karl worked in shipyard Rheinstahl
Nordseewerke, Emden (Germany), nowadays Thyssen Nordseewerke, in various positions, up to
the Head of the Department of Marine Engineering and Electrical Design. He was involved in
the design of various merchant ships like general freighter, ore carriers, passenger
vessels, oil tankers and fast container vessels (gas turbine and steam turbine driven).
1972, Karl joined the Ingenieurkontor Lubeck in Luceck
(Germany), a design office specialised in the design of military submarines. He worked
there until 1983 as Deputy Head and later, as Head of Marine Engineering Design. He was
involved in the design of the mechanical systems for the submarine classes 206 for
Federal German Navy, 209 for various navies world-wide and some special classes for the
Israelian, the Indian and the Royal Norwegian Navy, most of them built by HDW Kiel or by
1983, Karl emigrated to RSA in order to join LIEBENBERG &
STANDER MARITIME in Cape Town, a design office specialising in projects for the
South African Navy. As there was no continuation of such projects, the consultancy closed
in 1990. Karl was a partner in the consultancy and the Head of the Marine Engineering
Department, which in the beginning also included the Electrical Department. He was
involved in the design of the supply vessel for the South African Navy, SAS
"Drakensberg", amongst other projects for the South African Navy.
In 1991 Karl together with same former partners of LIEBENBERG
& STANDER MARITIME founded a new consulting company MARITIME CONSULTING AND
DESIGN that provided design and consulting services to various clients from the
maritime industries. Karl was responsible for the marine and mechanical engineering. He
was involved in various new building and modification work for the South African Navy, for
parastatal organisations and for private clients.
In 1996, Karl joined OPTIMA HYDRAULICS, Cape Town, as the head of the design office. The Company specializes in the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and maintenance of
mechanic-hydraulic systems, which includes deck machinery for vessels, special equipment
for the mining industry, cranes and hoistable platforms and special jigs and tools for
manufacturing of tank containers. As from 2000 Karl has been operating as an independent consultant.
Karl is a specialist in design and integration of propulsion
machinery and auxiliary systems on seagoing surface ships and submarines. Other special
fields include the interpretation of naval shock standards and their application for
shockproof design and installation of equipment on Navy vessels, and mathematical modeling
and analysis of mechanical systems.
Karl is registered as a Professional Engineer with the
Engineering Council of South Africa since 1984. He is a member of the German
Schiffbautechnische Gesellschaft and Fellow of the South African Institute of Marine
Engineers and Naval Architects.
||Karl U. Stulpner,
Pr.Eng. Dipl. Ing. (TU Hannover) MSTG FSAIMENA
32 Alexandra Ave.
Cape Town 800
Tel: +27 21 4614511
Fax: +27 21 4614511