New additions to the London transport network named
MBNA Thames Clippers has announced the names of the two new passenger boats joining its growing river transport network operating across London. Launching this summer Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper will provide additional capacity across the River Thames network.
The two newest boats swiftly follow the addition of two boats in late 2015, in total adding an additional 30 per cent capacity in two years to the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet. When the two new boats enter service, MBNA Thames Clippers will be the biggest commercial passenger fleet operating solely in English waters.
To name the new boats over 1,100 children entered a competition with Fun Kids radio station. Lucky eleven year old Lennon from Scotland was crowned as the winner and together with his family will be enjoying a day out in London including a tour of one of the new boats.
Sean Collins, chief executive officer, MBNA Thames Clippers comments:
“The arrival of Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper this summer to the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet is not only a major milestone for our business, but also for the London transport network. Our commitment to enhancing the London river transport network is moving at a considerable pace 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.”
James Poole, Strategy & Innovation Executive at MBNA, said:
“MBNA Thames Clippers goes from strength to strength with the launch of the two new vessels. Through our innovative partnership, we’re helping to deliver more and more good stuff to travellers on the river.”
Since the foundation of the business in 1999, MBNA Thames Clippers has hosted over 34 million passengers on their network of 15 boats. The addition of two new vessels will see this number soar to over 38.5 million by the end of 2017.
Both Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper began construction six months ago by the Wight Shipyard Co at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Representing an investment worth over £6.3million, the order has seen the creation of 75 new jobs across the Isle of Wight and London, and the involvement of over 100 businesses in the South of England as part of the delivery supply chain. The finalisation of the two new fast ferries is the largest ever order for the recently rebranded Wight Shipyard Co.
The first boat, Mercury Clipper will be launched onto the water at East Cowes in June and conduct endurance trials later that month before making the journey to London for the official launch. Jupiter Clipper will follow shortly afterwards.