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Two high-speed catamarans – named after celestial bodies
– are set to join the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet.

Neptune Clipper and Galaxy Clipper were christened by competition winners who won flights to the other side of the world – to see where the boats are being built. The new vessels join the 12-strong fleet of MBNA Thames Clippers, adding capacity across the capital’s
river network.

Worth more than £6.5 million,
the latest boats feature a new hull design that reduces resistance and allows them
to operate efficiently on

the tidal Thames.The competition invited people to choose from a shortlist of five names – and the winners were selected at random.

Solicitor Robert Connelly, from Solihull, West Midlands, chose
his winning entry while eating
a snack on his daily commute.

"The chocolate tasted good and ‘Galaxy' was on the wrapper so
that was my entry," he said.

Mary Baldwin from Worthing,
West Sussex, came up with Neptune Clipper, and was chosen from more than 10,000 entries.

The winners were both flown to Hobart, Tasmania, to see

shipbuilders put finishing touches to the new vessels.
Sean Collins, chief executive officer of MBNA Thames Clippers said: “The arrival of Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper to our fleet is not only 
a major milestone for our business, but also for the London transport network. London is in its infancy compared to other cities in 
the world when it comes to commuting and travelling
by river and we are excited 
to be leading the way in
making more of the River Thames as a key part of the
capital’s infrastructure.”

A unique self-powered work barge and her sister vessel, Scheldemond I & II, have entered service on the Thames. They were introduced at a launch event "Better by Water", which focused on the benefits that can be had by using the Thames for commercial projects and transport.

Southwark-based operator Livett’s Group and Belgian owner Herbosch-Kiere, are the latest companies to add to their Thames capabilities for moving construction and other materials for some of London’s biggest development and transport schemes. In the last five years, use of the river has more than trebled, to over five million tonnes in 2014 (Port of London Authority figures), keeping more than 265,000 lorry trips off London’s congested roads.

“By adding Scheldemond I & II to our diverse portfolio of vessels, we are expanding engineering capabilities and transport capacity on the Thames. This new lower-cost logistical solution introduces clear safety benefits – fewer HGVs on London’s roads reduces traffic and makes for a much safer, cleaner environment for residents, workers and

tourists,” said Chris Livett, founder and owner of Livett’s Group.

Scheldemond I is state-of-the-art in the world of inland waterways barges. As a self-powered vessel, it features an innovative hydraulic wheelhouse which moves up and down, so that it can pass under low bridges, ensuring that it can operate almost anywhere on the tidal Thames.





























 

 

 

 

 






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