On all of our Thames river experiences we demonstrate a clear and unswerving commitment to safety – your safety and comfort are paramount. We are the largest speedboat operator of RIB voyages in the UK and being the original provider of such experiences have set the industry standard others are now expected to follow.

 

Should you require copies of our Insurance, we will be happy to e-mail this to you in advance of your booking. If you require a Risk assessments or Domestic Safety Management Codes then these are available to view in the office, upon written request.

We work closely with the Maritime Accident Investigation Bureau to bring in new safety codes, modes of operation and analyse how the industry can be safely improved to achieve a balance between commercial considerations and reducing risk as low as reasonably practical.

Licensing
London RIB Voyages are licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and regulated by the Port of London Authority.

We operate a strict Domestic Safety Management Code (DSMC) which provides clear operational procedures including regular:

  • Risk assessments
  • Emergency drills and procedure training
  • Shoreside procedures
  • Pier boarding procedures and method statements
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Training programme and marine safety manual
  • Passage plans
  • Search and Rescue plans

London RIB Voyages Domestic Safety Management Code of operation is regularly reviewed by an external marine risk management company.

   
safety equipment on our Thames river tours Safety Equipment
On all of our Thames river tours London RIB Voyages vessels carry all the up-to-date safety equipment available to meet licensing and Domestic Safety Management Coding. Equipment includes:
  • 14 man Solas B life raft
  • Thermal protective aids
  • Approved first aid kit
  • Floating quick-grab throw lines
  • Horse shoe life saving buoys, buoyant throw lines and individual lights
  • Emergency grab bag
  • 2 x Icom fixed marine radio’s

Our skippers are in constant communication via radio with the Port of London, other commercial operators, River Police and RNLI.

Due to our responsiveness and level of equipment we carry onboard we have been called to assist emergency situations on the river Thames on a number of occasions.  We are not only a commercial operator, but are well respected within the river community and helpful wherever necessary to ensure the Thames is a safe place to be for everybody.

   
Insurance
London RIB Voyages is insured by Knighthood Corporate Marine Insurers.
Knighthood are the largest passenger boat insurers in the UK.
We have full Public Liability Insurance to four times the legal requirement level.
We also operate a complete Marine Operators Combined Liability Policy.
   

Boarding Arrangement
London RIB Voyages vessels have been designed to make access as straight forward as possible. Each vessel has a boarding platform at the bow which is the same height as the London Eye pier. There is also a boarding handrail to provide support if required. The entire boarding area is covered in ‘non-slip’ surfacing.

Seating - Once onboard you can choose your seat.  Our seats are slightly padded to provide comfort throughout your trip.  Beware of speedboat operators promoting extra padding as this can actually cause increased harm in the event of an impact.

   
Skippers
All the London RIB Voyage Captains are commercial qualified and also hold the Thames Local Knowledge Endorsement (LKE) for commercial Thames craft.
They must have also completed the London RIB Voyages type vessel specific training.
Our Captains are required under our DSMC to complete regular emergency drills.
   
Guides
Although not required by law to complete specific training London RIB Voyages Domestic Safety Management Codes require guides to have completed training to equivalent Powerboat Level 1.
All guides have under gone London RIB Voyages guide training which includes: basic boat handling, navigation, radio operation, emergency procedures and man overboard procedures.
   
London Eye
We also comply with the strict code of conduct and risk assessment required to operate from the London Eye.
   
Life Jackets
Adults Automatic Lifejackets (pictured here)
Adults are fitted with sleek automatic life jackets. They inflate on contact with the water, they also feature a manual inflation toggle. They are one size fits all and completely adjustable.
   

 

 

 

 

Childrens Automatic Lifejackets
We supply top class automatic children’s jackets. They feature a manual inflation toggle and whistle.

All our lifejackets are serviced annually by Ocean Safety one of the most respected suppliers of sailing equipment and clothing. 
 

Mid child to young teenager

Toddler to young child

 

   

 

    

 

 

 

Toddlers 
Toddlers are fitted with our multi-coloured foam toddler’s jackets. They are very comfortable (we are told) and not too bulky to ensure maximum "waving" (and holding on) ability.

 

 

 
Baby Cradle 
We are a family sightseeing company so babies are more than welcome. We supply baby life cradles, which completely surround the babies clothing and are very manageable for mum to have on her lap. These are of course fitted by our experienced staff.
 

 

 

Sailing Jackets
It’s better to be too hot than too cold!
Due to an element of wind-chill in certain conditions on this type of vessel we recommend you wear the jackets we supply over your own jumper or jacket. They are super warm. They are super stylish and we have them to fit all ages.

   
  Sailing Trousers
We also supply sailing trousers to be worn over the top of your trousers. These are always available but rarely necessary. Again we have them for all shapes and sizes.
 
Safety is a key priority on all of our speedboat trips on the Thames.
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