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Arup to work with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers on innovative sustainability project

Jim Ranger Jim Ranger UKIMEA Press Office,Manchester
8 October 2021

Arup has supported London’s leading river bus operator, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, to secure funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to research and develop a cleaner, more sustainable river transport solution for the future.
 
Arup is leading the development of Project HOST (Hydrogen and Oxygen South Thames), which aims to enable Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to transition from diesel engines to vessels that use hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and electric motors over the next ten years. 

Working with partners Shell and National Grid, Arup will help accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels to other sources for maritime services.
 
Project HOST will provide a model for other maritime projects to follow and accelerate the decarbonisation of maritime services across the UK.
 
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers applied for the funding in collaboration with Arup and other partners via the Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, to further drive green tech capabilities forward.

Thames Clippers are one of the most high-profile river services in the UK, so I’m really pleased Arup is among such a strong group of partners in a successful application to the Clean Maritime Fund.

This innovative project will help identify the opportunities and challenges which must be overcome for this potential to be realised.

Mark Neller Mark Neller Director

We believe strongly in protecting and preserving the River Thames and the communities close to the river. This means moving as fast as the technology will allow us to viably move away from diesel-powered vessels.

“This funding from the DfT, via Innovate UK, allows us to accelerate our development of a more sustainable future for Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, as well as for a greener marine future for the industry. We are proud to have secured this investment and excited to be working alongside specialists in the relevant fields to continue to drive innovation within the sector.
Geoff Symonds Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ Chief Operating Officer

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers has secured DfT funding on three projects in total which focus on new power and propulsion technologies and emissions-reducing solutions, as part of the business’ long-term commitment to supporting the sustainable growth of infrastructure and economic development on and around the river.
 
All the DfT-funded projects enable research into the future capabilities to design a cleaner, more efficient new generation of river transport.