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PLA'S £6 MILLION INVESTMENT IN
NEW THAMES VESSEL
   

The Port of London Authority is investing £6.5 million in a new vessel for the river - the biggest investment for 20 years.

The ship is under construction at a dockyard at Portland in Dorset. The mooring maintenance vessel will be used to support a variety of civil engineering projects plus tasks as varied as laying buoys to hauling wreckage from the tidal river.

Alan Cartwright, Head of Marine Engineering, said: "This is a unique design. In Central London we have a number of bridges with restricted height but at the same time the river is quite shallow at certain states of the tide. That means we have to have a vessel that can get over the shallows but under the bridges."

The 40-metre ship, due to come into service in 2014, replaces two smaller vessels that have been in use for over 40 years.

Watch a PLA video of the ship's construction with graphics of how it will look in action.

 

 
 
 
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