MBNA Thames Clippers has welcomed two boats to its fleet - Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper.
The 150-passenger, 35m-long twin catamarans are the first new boats to be added to the river bus service in seven years and come after a £6.5million investment.
MBNA Thames Clippers CEO and co-founder Sean Collins said: “I’m the third generation of my family to work on the Thames and it is with immense pride that I now see the river fulfilling its potential for the first time for passengers, like it did in its heyday for freight, as the essential thoroughfare in London.
“The new boats will treble the river transport capacity between Putney in west London and central London at peak times.”
So, as we love a good boat over here at The Wharf, we marked the occasion with five Thames Clippers facts.
1. You could fit seven London black cabs bumper-to-bumper along the boats.
2. Neptune and Galaxy will cover 74,052 miles each in one year. That is the equivalent of travelling around the world almost three times.
3. They can travel at up to 30 knots (almost 35mph) making them one of the fastest modes of transport in London. The fastest way to get around on the roads is by bike.
4. The new boats will be among the most technically advanced fast ferries in the world with a new hull design allowing them to operate more efficiently in the strong tidal conditions of the Thames.
5. The route the boats will join – the RB6 from Blackfriars to Putney – has seen a 40% increase in passenger journeys in the last 12 months.