Production begins for low-emission London ferries

Steel cutting A steel cutting ceremony for the ferries took place in April

Production of two low-emission Woolwich ferries for Transport for London (TFL) has begun at the Rementowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

The ferries will incorporate emission-reduction technology to enable the vessels to meet TfL’s London emission zone regulations and aim to be two of the least polluting vessels operating anywhere in the world.

Mark Wilbourne, project manager at Briggs Marine, said: “These will be a marked improvement from the current Woolwich Ferry service, and will lead the way to lower emissions in the capital which is one of the main policies set out by the Mayor of London.”

Production and operation of the hybrid propelled (diesel/electric and battery) ferries will be managed by Briggs Marine Contractors on behalf of TFL and are expected to be introduced into service in 2018.

The ferries are set to replace the existing three vessels which have been in service for more than 50 years and the reduction in the number of operational vessels is attributed to the higher resilience and reliability of the new boats.

The ferries, which will service approximately 2m passenger a year, are also designed to enhance passenger and crew safety, comfort and accessibility,

A steel cutting ceremony for the ferries took place in April.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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