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Posted: 18 Feb 2015

MBNA Thames Clippers to launch two new boats

Expanded fleet to boost capacity as commuter and visitor numbers hit record levels on River Bus service

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MBNA Thames Clippers today announced that following a record breaking 2014; the service is adding an additional new boat to the new 150-seater vessel already announced. Both boats will enter passenger service in summer 2015 as the company expands to meet rising demand from London commuters and visitors.

2014 saw MBNA Thames Clippers carry over 500,000 additional passengers, a record 3.8 million in total.

The vessels will provide additional capacity throughout MBNA Thames Clippers route network, particularly for the Putney to Blackfriars service that the company launched in April 2013, allowing passengers to enjoy enhanced comfort and space.

The vessels have been designed to the highest technical and safety standards, making them a world leader for such river and harbour operations.  The efficient hull format will allow the boats to navigate the unique tidal condition of the routes we operate on the River Thames.  Furthermore due to their very lightweight construction, they will require minimal power to meet their speed, thus further reducing the environmental impact.

The delivery of the new vessels will help to deliver the Mayor’s River Action Plan of 12 million passengers using the river by 2021.

Sean Collins, CEO said today “MBNA Thames Clippers 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”

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About MBNA Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers is the leading River Bus service on the River Thames running a 20 minute frequency between key London piers including North Greenwich for The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge, Embankment and London Eye for Waterloo, as well as several residential piers. In April 2013 the company won a five-year contract to run a River Bus service from Putney to Blackfriars which allows the boats to now additionally stop at Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour and Cadogan Pier, a total of 19 piers across the capital.

Co-founded in 1999 by Sean Collins (Managing Director) and Alan Woods (former Chairman), the company began with one boat servicing 80 passengers a day between Greenland and Savoy piers. Fifteen years on numbers have significantly risen to over 3.8 million in 2014.

In 2006 AEG, owners and operators of The O2, acquired the majority stake in the company and since then the fleet has substantially grown to 13 vessels. River Bus Express for The O2 is an additional fast direct service between London Eye, London Bridge and Canary Wharf to The O2 at North Greenwich on arena event nights.