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The Tate to Tate boat service is operated by Thames Clippers, using their new "Hurricane Clipper"

The Hurricane Clipper is a 'new generation' of river catamaran, which can travel at high speed with ultra low wash, co-designed by Alan Woods and Sean Collins of Thames Clippers with NQEA, Australia, the boat builders.

Thames Clippers has, since 1999, operated a successful fast river fleet calling at Masthouse Terrace, Greenland Pier, Canary Wharf, St Katharine Dock, London Bridge, Bankside, Blackfriars and Savoy Piers. This service carried 360,000 people in 2002.

Thames Clippers' state-of-the-art, 220-seater flagship, Hurricane Clipper, will speedily travel from Tate to Tate, via Waterloo Pier in 18 minutes, seven days a week, between 10.00am and 5.18pm.

The vessel has specially commissioned interior and exterior artwork by leading British artist, Damien Hirst, which has been sponsored by St James Homes. The artwork features a pattern of coloured spots of varying size.

Visit www.thamesclippers.com for timetables and ticket prices

Download a .pdf of the deck layout here

Vessel Statistics

Type of Vessel - Low wash catamaran ferry

Designer - NQEA/ Alan Woods & Sean Collins

Builder - NQEA Australia Pty Ltd

Construction material - Aluminium

Survey - MCA Class V

Class - Lloyds +A1 SSC, Passenger Catamaran, HSC, G1, LDC

Length overall - 37.80 m

Length waterline - 35.40 m

Beam - 9.30 m

Draught - 1.30 m

Deadweight - 20.40 tonnes

Fuel - 2 x 1700 litres

Fresh Water - 500 litres

Passengers - 220

Crew - 4

Full Load Speed at MCR - 27.5 knots

Full Load Speed at 85% MCR - 24.0 knots

Main Engines - 2 x Caterpillar 3412E C rating 690 BkW each @ 2100 RPM

Gearboxes - 2 x ZF 2500

Propulsor - 2 x Teignbridge Aquaquin 92 propellers

Generator - Deutz BF4M10.13M diesel Stamford/Newage VCM 274D alternator 70 kWE

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