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New high speed Thames patrol boat comes on stream'

PUBLISHED: 22:47 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 05 October 2010

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THE first of a new generation of high-speed patrol boats has arrived on the Thames—just in time to miss the Port of London Authority's 100th birthday. The new vessel is one of a £2m fleet of catamarans to replace seven older vessels.

THE first of a new generation of high-speed patrol boats has arrived on the Thames—just in time to miss the Port of London Authority’s 100th birthday.

The new vessel, the Lambeth, is one of a £2 million fleet of five specially-designed catamarans to replace seven heavier, older vessels.

They produce a smaller wash’ as they skim along the water, smoothing the path for other river craft.

The Lambeth and her four sister patrol boats result from five years of research, design and construction by the PLA which celebrated its centenary in March.

They are all being named after London bridges. The other four are due to come on stream’ over the next three years after the Lambeth has been through tough trials over the coming months to iron out any gremlins.

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