MBNA Thames Clippers names its biggest vessel

MBNA Thames Clippers’ newest and biggest boat – due for launch in the first quarter of 2019 – has been named Venus Clipper.

Being built by the Wight Shipyard Co in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the catamaran will be the 19th vessel in the company’s fleet of fast river ferries.

Venus Clipper represents a £3.8 million investment for MBNA Thames Clippers and should enable the river bus service to carry an additional 300,000 passengers annually.

Sean Collins, chief executive and co-founder of MBNA Thames Clippers, said: “Everyone in the business is very excited about Venus Clipper and what it represents.

“Earlier this year we celebrated carrying our 40 millionth customer – not bad for a business that had just 80 passengers on its first day back in 1999.

“It proves that the demand for river transport is there and we are only scratching the surface when it comes to moving people around the capital.”

With a capacity of 222 passengers, Venus Clipper has 50 more seats than its sister Hunt-class vessels Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper, which joined the fleet in summer 2017.

The vessel will be used across the operator’s six routes depending on demand, as well as to support specialist charters and cruise transfer requirements.

MBNA Thames Clippers transports passengers between central London piers such as Westminster, London Eye (Waterloo), Blackfriars, Embankment, Canary Wharf, Battersea Power Station and London Bridge City.

The company will be at WTM London on the UKinbound stand UKI400 (November 5-7).