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A surge in
passenger numbers
has prompted
MBNA Thames
Clippers to order a
further new boat for
their fleet, in
addition to the one
ordered before

In 2014, MBNA carried more than half
a million additional passengers, compared to the previous year, meaning a “record-breaking” 3.8 million passengers in total. Rising demand for the river bus service means Clippers
are doubling up on their new order.
Their introduction should help the
Mayor of London’s River Action Plan more quickly – 12 million passengers using the Thames by 2021.

The two 150-seat boats will provide additional capacity throughout the network, but especially for the Putney-Blackfriars service launched in April 2013.

PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer, said: “This is great news for people who enjoy the Thames, for getting about or seeing the sights. Two new boats instead of one puts the 12-million-passenger-trips-a-year goal of the
Mayor of London’s River Action

Plan, within even closer reach.”

An MBNA Thames Clippers spokesman said the boats are designed to meet the highest technical and safety standards, making them a world leader for river operations. The Clipper’s hull design allows them to navigate the tidal Thames with great ease, while their lightweight construction means they need minimal power to meet the required speed, which is good news for the environment.

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers said: “We are focused on providing the highest of standards to our customers and stakeholders.
These new vessels will demonstrate that to a new level. I very much look forward to the boats entering service later this year.”

PLA chief harbour
master, David
Phillips got the
chance to relive a
monumental day in
the authority’s
history – the 2012
Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee River
David featured in Real Lives Reunited,
a BBC programme which brought together key players from that day –
the largest ever parade of boats. A full two years of PLA planning was put to the test as more than 1,000 boats took
part in a Thames flotilla to mark the
Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Described as a “magnificent river pageant, recalling the days of
Georgian London” on the programme,
it was also recalled how 20,000 people

joined the seven-mile
convoy as a million
well-wishers lined the
banks of the Tidal

The magnificent procession, inspired by a vibrant Canaletto painting, was led from Wandsworth to Tower Bridge by

Spirit of Chartwell and went without a
hitch, despite terrible weather and a
few close shaves.

David said: “I’m pretty certain we
won’t see its like again. So many
people said it couldn’t be done,
but it could be done and we did it.”
Watch Real Lives Reunited on
BBC iPlayer:


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