The Port of London Authority has now started an investigation after the luxury charter boat, Erasmus, hit a riverside wall on the River Thames. No one was injured in the incident.
An investigation is now underway after the commercial passenger boat, Erasmus, hit a riverside wall on the Thames on Sunday 11 September.
The vessel, which was carrying 151 passengers and crew, lost control following a fire in the engine room.
No one was injured in the accident, which was captured by a passersby and posted on social media.
Smoke can be seen billowing from the engine room moments before the passenger boat hit the wall.
The Port of London Authority has now launched an investigation.
A spokesman for the authority stressed that Erasmus had not hit the Canary Wharf Pier, as widely reported by the media.
“She made no physical contact with the pier,” the spokesman told YBW.
“She made contact with a riverside wall, anchored and then the passengers were evacuated,” he continued.
Named after the famous Dutch philosopher, the Erasmus is a luxurious party boat for hire on the River Thames in London.
The vessel got into difficulty at just after 15.30 on 11 September after a fire in the engine room.
The flames were quickly put out by the boat’s CO2 fire suppression system.
However, this knocked out the boat’s engines and the vessel lost power.
Following the collision with the riverside wall, the passengers were evacuated onto two nearby passenger vessels – Twin Star and Mercia.
The Erasmus is described as “a super chic and contemporary boat” on the Thames Luxury Charters website.
It can take up to 340 guests over its three decks, and is available for “press receptions, film shoots, product launches, seminars, dinner dances, sight-seeing, luncheons, wedding receptions”.
Charter prices start from £1,450 for three hours.
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