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July 11th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

MBNA Thames Clippers launch first contactless charity donations on moving vessel

More than half of all MBNA Thames Clippers customers are now opting to pay for journeys via contactless or Oyster. These modern payment methods now account for 54 percent of all passengers spending with MBNA Thames Clippers ( The news comes at the same time as TfL has seen one billion contactless journeys across the whole network since it was introduced in December 2012.  

To celebrate this milestone, MBNA and WWF have teamed up with MBNA Thames Clippers to launch the first ever contactless charity donations on board a moving vessel. The initiative is expected to raise around £20,000 towards tiger conservation supporting WWF’s objective of doubling the tiger population by 2022.

Since contactless was introduced a year ago, London’s leading river boat service experienced an average seven per cent month-on-month increase in contactless usage. Using contactless or Oyster to pay as you go works out 20 per cent cheaper than paying by cash. MBNA was one of the early pioneers of contactless cards, back in 2010. It also pioneered the introduction of Apple Pay and other virtual wallets. MBNA is assisting MBNA Thames Clippers by lending its experience to help deliver frictionless payments on the river.

Sean Collins, co-founder and CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers, said:

“Transport for London’s investment in making the entire network contactless last year means that our commuters don’t need to worry about topping up their Oyster card or queuing for a ticket. It also makes it even easier for visitors to take advantage of our river services, in combination with the rest of London’s transport network. We are pleased to be able to mark one year of contactless with the partnership with MBNA and WWF as it is a great cause and an opportunity to show the flexibility of contactless technology.”

MBNA Thames Clippers will introduce two new passenger boats to its growing river transport network this summer. This follows the addition of two new boats in late 2015, adding an additional 30 percent capacity in two years. MBNA Thames Clippers will become the biggest commercial passenger fleet operating solely in English waters when the two new boats enter service.

MBNA Thames Clippers is London’s leading river boat service, connecting many of the capital’s top attractions and providing passengers with the opportunity to take in the iconic London skyline from the river along the way such as The Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Old Royal Naval College.

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