The first of a new, improved generation of Port of London Authority (PLA) patrol launch has arrived on the Thames.
‘The new launch, Lambeth, is one of a fleet of five specially-designed catamarans being introduced in a $2.8b PLA investment, to replace seven heavier, older vessels. At initial trials, the new vessel has already shown the expected benefits of substantially reduced exhaust emissions, lower fuel consumption and smaller wash waves. The PLA also expects to benefit from easier maintenance and operation, as the single design replaces seven different vessels. Lambeth and her four sister patrol boats, all to be named after London bridges, are products of five years of British planning, research, design and construction. The new boat was conceived by the PLA and built by Alnmaritec, at their boatyard in Northumberland, to the PLA’s design – developed in conjunction with experts at Newcastle University and naval architects Amgram Limited.