The river passenger vessel Erasmus with 151 people crashed into pear at Canary Wharf on Thames, seemingly losing control after engine room fire. The crew reported about the accident, but unmanned ship smashed into a pier with the starboard side bow. There were no reported injuries and all the passengers were evacuated from the river ride by a rescue boats. The fire on board was extinguished accordingly before arrival of the fire brigade, but river police remained at the scene of the accident and monitored the damages passenger vessel. There is no report about injuries among the 142 passengers and 9 crew.
“The river passenger vessel Erasmus is currently safe and secure by the river bank with its anchor dropped and will be towed away shortly”, said the London Port Authority in official statement.
Transport for London’s river branch canceled stops at Canary Wharf pier after the incident. The other commercial traffic on Thames was not affected.
There is no report about water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire. According to preliminary information, the both of the boat’s engines had failed, forcing the ship’s master to drop anchor.
The river passenger vessel Erasmus has overall length of 40.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m. The boat is super chic and contemporary vessel on the River Thames in London. The ship offers contemporary modern decor and computer controlled lighting system to make atmosphere of a private London club.
Video from the collision: