Largest party boat in Thames history ‘Ocean Diva’ ‘rams anchor’ during testing

The largest party boat ever graced the river River Thames Crashed the anchor of a barge that was undergoing a test maneuver to prepare to welcome the revelers. board.

The 86-meter-long Ocean Diva collided with the heavy anchor chain of a nearby unmanned barge during a turn. Ellis Thursday afternoon.

A tugboat was seen helping the £25million vessel reach the anchorage. Royal Docks Close to Excel Center.

There is “cosmetic” damage on the bottom. boat Residents’ groups say they are worried that the opening, after years of planning, will increase noise and anti-social behavior, so divers will conduct inspections.

It is unclear who was piloting the vessel when it collided with the anchor, but a Maritime and Coast Guard inspector was on board.

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Smart Group CEO Greg Lawson, owner and operator, said: No one was injured in the incident and we can now confirm that the ship has safely returned to its anchorage at Royal Docks.

“The safety and security of the vessel, its crew and other river users is our top priority and we are working closely with the responsible authorities to complete the vessel’s sea trials.”

The ship, which is expected to accommodate up to 1,000 people at a time, spans three decks and is about seven double-decker buses in length, 15 meters longer than a Boeing 737 airliner.

Resident Paul Crosby, 63, said: “A boat this size, twice the size of a passenger boat on the river, poses a danger not only to other river users, but also to beachgoers who love the river.” Told.

“At 86 meters long, this Dutch-made boat is usually based on other vessels that sail the mouth of the Wye, which is three times as wide as the Thames.

“We hope that the Port of London Authority and the Maritime and Coast Guard will thoroughly scrutinize the safety of our rivers.”

Local MP Peter Gold told The Standard:

“You must wonder what it would be like to have a thousand people drinking champagne and jumping on top of it.”

Furthermore, he added: “We can keep little party boats running around screaming as they pass in front of our windows.

“But this is more than double the size we got at the moment.

“This requires all authorities to come together to ensure health and safety. That is of the utmost importance.”

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A People’s Liberation Army spokesperson said: Ocean Diva LondonThe ship the MCA was on had an accident on the Thames.

“This caused some damage to the ship.

Ocean Diva London It has now safely returned to its home base at Royal Docks and is under investigation by the PLA port master. ” Largest party boat in Thames history ‘Ocean Diva’ ‘rams anchor’ during testing

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