MBNA Thames Clippers has announced two new boats to enter passenger service in the summer as the company expands to meet rising demand from London commuters and visitors.

It follows a record breaking 2014 when Clippers carried over 500,000 additional passengers, a record 3.8 million in total.

The company says the vessels will provide additional capacity throughout Clippers route network, particularly for the Putney to Blackfriars service that the company launched two years ago.

The 150-seat 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.  Because of 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, founder and 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”

The company began with one boat servicing 80 passengers a day between Greenland and Savoy piers. MBNA Thames Clippers now runs a 20 minute frequency service 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 additionally stop at Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour and Cadogan Pier, a total of 19 piers across the capital.

Story dated February 19th 2015