Cyclone Clipper gets a new engine


The Thames Clippers are a busy fleet on the river Thames and their engines need to be swapped out every 12000 hours and so Cyclone Clipper paid a visit to KGV Lock today in order to have one of the engines changed.

Cyclone Clipper (1) @ KGV 17-06-16

After a quick turn around in the dock (to do a bit of sightseeing / plane spotting?) she was soon alongside the lock wall ready for engine swap to take place.

Cyclone Clipper (5) @ KGV 17-06-16

Meanwhile the engineers were preparing the new engine that had been brought in by Webster Miller Ltd on one of their HAIB lorries.

Cyclone Clipper (7) @ KGV 17-06-16

Then it was out with the old engine and a few of the fittings were then swapped over to the new engine.

Cyclone Clipper (10) @ KGV 17-06-16

Cyclone Clipper (11) @ KGV 17-06-16

Then it was just a case of transferring the new engine from the lorry in to the boat through the roof access hatch.

Cyclone Clipper (15) @ KGV 17-06-16

Cyclone Clipper (18) @ KGV 17-06-16

The well practiced team completed the whole process in about 2 hours and the boat was in the lock for only 4 hours.

Cyclone Clipper (21) @ KGV 17-06-16

A few more pictures can be seen here.

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2 thoughts on “Cyclone Clipper gets a new engine

  1. rapidtransitman

    Are you certain the engines need to be swapped out every 1200 hours? That doesn’t seem long at all. I know the engines get remanufactured (reman). Mike

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    1. AJBC Post author

      Thanks for your comment – 1200 hrs was what one of the guys said – they do get re-manufactured. Happy to update the post if someone has a more accurate figure. Having now checked it seems that a lifespan of 12000 hours is the target.

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