Navigational Risk Assessment for UK’s first Zero Emission Cross River Ferry

Supporting Uber Boat by Thames Clippers' transition to greener ferries
Navigational Risk Assessment for UK’s first Zero Emission Cross River Ferry

Delighted to share that we have completed the UK's first Navigational Risk Assessment for a zero-emission cross river ferry.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is developing the zero-emissions ferry route between Canary Wharf and Rotherhithe, as part of its commitment to decarbonising of the River Thames.

To accommodate the semi-autonomous mooring system, shoreside charging infrastructure and marine/passenger needs of the new vessel type, demolition works and changes to docking structures at both Rotherhithe Pier and Canary Wharf will be needed.

A key consideration for any undertaking in the maritime environment is ensuring safe coexistence with other marine users.

A formal element of the consents and licensing process, Navigational Risk Assessments (NRA) are prepared to identify and assess hazards/risks affecting vessel navigation and, determine the controls needed to mitigate them.

As part of the planning process a Navigation Risk Assessment (NRA) is required for both the construction and operational phase of the zero-emissions ferry crossing project

Specialist maritime, shipping and navigation risk consultancy, NASH Maritime was invited by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to prepare the NRA for the project.

Sam Anderson-Brown, Maritime Infrastructure Lead said:

“We were delighted to join the project delivery team being led by Beckett Rankine. Developing a zero-emissions ferry route aligns very much with our mission of developing a safe and sustainable maritime environment.
We’d provided specialist navigation and operational support during the concept design stage but the project had to be paused during Covid19.
Having helped take the project to consenting now, means we are closer to decarbonising transport on the Thames.”

NASH Maritime prepared the NRA following the Port of London Authority (PLA) outline methodology, drawing on the initial Navigational Impact Review it had developed during the concept phase.

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