Thames RIB Experience 10 year Timeline

Year 1 – 2008 – 2009

  • September 2007 – The first idea of TRE, took less than a year to set up!
  • Directors, Charlotte & Dean, designed the first bespoke speedboat for the River Thames with boarding platforms, on board PA system, music, deep padded seating & set the standard for all RIB’s currently on the River
  • July 2008 – The launch of Thames RIB Experience and arrival of first boat Ultimate
  • 2 new vessels in year 1 Ultimate & Experience
  • Promoted in the Top 10 attractions in London with Time Out
  • Filming – Comic Relief David Walliam’s Swim which resulted in a world record/ Ant & Dec filmed on-board.

Celebs  -Uma Thurman / Dermot O’Leary / Susan Boyle / Richard Hammond / Professor Green / Kulveer Ranger / Jim Whebble

Year 2 – 2010

  • Promo photoshoot Jack sparrow – Johnny Depp lookalike
  • Filming – Now TV
  • Celebs – kathy Burke / Michel Roux JR.

Year 3 – 2011

  • Increased to 3 boats with new vessel Adrenaline
  • James Bond lookalike Photoshoot
  • Company Directors Charlotte & Dean became official Freeman on the River Thames
  • Filming – Politics show
  • Celebs – VISA Olympics advert starring Usain Bolt

Year 4 – 2012

  • Olympics – Press/Safety boat for the Opening Ceremony with David Beckham on-board and the Olympic torch
  • Queens Diamond Jubilee, all vessels took part in the famous River Pageant
  • Purchased & branded vessel VALA to take part in Olympics
  • Took part in Comic Relief with Freddie Flintoff on board
  • Launched First New Year’s Eve firework Experience & sold out every year since
  • Filming with the Young Apprentice / The Gadget Show / James Bond Fragrance
  • Celebs – Gok Won / Zane Lowe / JLS / Freddy Flintoff

Year 5 – 2013

  • Increased to 4 boats with new vessel Exhilaration.
  • First RIB’s to upgrade to bigger engines 740 horse power with twin turbo’s
  • All 4 vessels were involved in the London Duck Tours Fire Rescue
  • Filming – Saturday Kitchen / Sony / VO5 Shampoo Advert
  • Celebs – Steve Redgrave / Union J / Nikki Clark / Mick Hucknall / Olympic gold medallists Etienne Stott & Tim Baillie

Year 6 – 2014

  • Introduced 2 new locations with new 20 min Blasts from Tower & the O2 North Greenwich and became the largest RIB Operator on the River Thames
  • Assisted the Around the World Clipper race procession leaving & arriving back to London
  • Zombie photo shoot with London Bridge Experience
  • Filming – Penguins of Madagascar movie
  • Celebs – Lisa Faulkner / Stephen Graham / Lawson / Jason Bradbury / Jeff Brazier / Theo Walcott / John Torode

Year 7 – 2015

  • Increased to 5 Boats with new vessel Exterminator
  • River People Exhibition photoshoot with Directors Charlotte & Dean
  • Filming – Game of thrones
  • Celebs – Jude Law / Steve Aoki / Kirsty Allsopp / Hrithik Roshan / Ella Henderson / Bruce Foxton – The Jam / Nadia Sawhalha / Rapper Eve / Louise Brealey /Andy Jordan

Year 8 – 2016

  • Sold original vessel Ultimate
  • Launched 2 new RIB’S the NEW Ultimate & Eliminator making us London’s largest RIB Tour operator – 6 boat fleet all with bigger engines, tiered seating & state of the art music systems
  • Introduced quality Henri Lloyd clothing to our kit
  • Took our largest booking to date with 900 passengers
  • Assisted again with the Around the World Clipper race leaving & arriving back to London
  • Director Charlotte & TRE vessels were in the winning portraits for The River People Exhibition
  • Won the London Transport Forum Awards
  • James Bond Radio Podcast
  • Filming Bond Movie Spectre / Comic Relief with Pudsey / How To Train Your Dragon movie / MTV Ladies in Bikinis / Asda advert with James Martin
  • Celebs – Olivier Giroud / Ben Fogle / Viral Youtubers / Helena Bonham Carter

Year 9 – 2017

  • Team Spotted dolphin & was on the BBC news  / October Fest photoshoot
  • Won Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence, Award
  • Refurbishment of all boats – seating, graphics, deck paint, etc
  • Filming – Blue Peter
  • Celebs – Stranger Things cast / Ella Henderson / Jeremy Paxton

Year 10 – 2018

  • Launched 2 new products ‘The Ultimate Transfers’ operating between Embankment & Tower Pier
  • Released our 1st discounted Jan Sale
  • Events – MegHar celebrations for Harry & Meghan’s Wedding
  • Coldest annual training day in ten years during snow storm Emma – Beast from the East
  • Celebrating 10 years of Thames RIB Experience
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