A £2 million (€2.3 million) tender has been issued for dry docking, modification and classification services to two busy London ferries.

The former Woolwich Ferry services were transferred to Transport for London (TfL) in 2000, and since then they have required dry docking every five years to maintain their vessel classification and to ensure they provide a safe, operable and reliable service.

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Until now the servicing has been carried out by contractors, but TfL has now taken it in house and both vessels are now due for their five-year work, which must be carried out by October 2023 or they will have to be taken out of operation.

A single supplier will be appointed to carry out the dry docking, berthing and associated utilities, says TfL, as well as running repairs, survey, class renewal, a number of alterations and upgrades and modifications.

Andrew Taylor, of TfL, said the tender could only be issued to applicants who were two days or less sail away.

”At that time of year bad weather is almost assured, so that two days may well become three, plus tge days required for the works, which could be 10 days, which could add massive disruption to Londoners,” he said.

The ferries, which link Woolwich with North Woolwich and are a free service, will be serviced one at a time so that at least one will remain in operation.

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