Anyone wanting to operate a party boat on the Thames this New Year will need a special licence because the threat of terrorist attacks is so high, authorities have said.
The Port of London Authority sent out a notice saying that “all recreational vessels intending to operate between Lambeth Bridge and Margaretness must have pre-registered and completed a Marine Police risk assessment form for each vessel.
“Pre-registration will be undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service, through their Marine Policing Unit, and applicants will be issued with a NYE2021 licence. There will be no charge for this licence.”
Margaretness is between Plumstead and Thamesmead in south-east London.
“The threat level to the UK from terrorism is substantial, meaning an attack is likely,” the notice added. The rule applies from 9pm on New Year’s Eve and 1.30am on New Year’s Day. Any boat in the enforcement area has to have its licence on display and be ready to be inspected by the river police.
The cut-off date for applications is December 17, 2021.