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Bateaux London

Waste water containment on the River Thames

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Description of Business

As one of London’s premier restaurant cruise operators, Bateaux London offers a wide range of lunch and dinner cruises.  Combining fine dining, entertainment and spectacular river views, the Thames restaurant cruises aim to capture the excitement of the city.  Since 2008 Andrew and team have enthusiastically embraced the GTBS scheme and made every effort to further enhance the companies green credentials achieving a SILVER award in 2010 and in the process setting an example for other Thames boat operators.  A number of measures have been implemented including the use of British produce, recycled paper for printing and recycled housekeeping paper.

Project Description

For many years The River Thames was one of the most heavily polluted rivers in the world.  Traditionally waste water from use on board boats of all sizes has been dumped directly to the marine environment.  Recent regulations for new build vessels ensure that holding tanks are fitted to new designs to store and pump such water ashore for correct treatment.  Older vessels however are still allowed to dump grey water directly to coastal and marine environments.  Combined emissions contribute significantly to water pollution in the river. This is where Bateaux London has invested considerable time and sums of money fitting both storage and pumping facilities to their vessels.  While on the cruise, waste water is stored in tanks on board, it is only when both vessels dock that they connect to a pumping facility that empties the tanks to the general London sewage system for proper treatment.

Although not a cheap or easy measure to accomplish, a good example has been set for other boat operator to follow. In addition, a renovation of Bateaux’s waste barge has seen an increase in recycling of all waste streams.  The barge has been well marked and acts as a reminder to all other Thames users to recycle rather than send waste to landfill or even worse allow it into the river.

Cost Savings

Reduced cost of river clean ups and health costs


Storage tanks and pumps


Maintaining the river supports and maintains the business


Environmental benefit in eliminated waste to river

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