13 May 2023






2 mins

Thames Gateway Marine (TGM) run a fleet of two self propelled barges that are used for a waste removal service under the Tidy Thames Refuse Services brand.


These are the 30.26 Metres waste disposal vessel EILEENA. She was built by De Noord NV Industrieel, Maats, Alblasserdam in Holland in 1930 and delivered to Ajax River Transport, NLD.

In 1936 she was sold to The Atlas Transport & Shipping Co Ltd, London as EILEENA homeported at  London with ON 166536. During Early 40’s she had War duties and moored in the Thames Estuary with an Anti Air Balloon and in 1952 she was re-engined with a Crossley HRN3 210hp.

Between the 1950’s and 1990’s she had a number of owners but ended up being laid up in 1995. During 2007 she was sold to Thames Drydocking, Pipers Wharf of which she went laid up once again. During 2010 she was drydocked at Pipers Wharf and given her some well earned love and attention before joining the TGM fleet the following year.

The other vessel is TIDY THAMES I which is a converted Dutch barge. She was originally operated by Livetts Launches (GBR)  primarily as a waste collection barge for Tidy Thames Services but was also used on occasions a a platform for film work.

She’s 27.25 metres long with 5.08 metres beam and maximum draft of 1.3 metres  with Port of London Authority (PLA) Registration No 18995 and with a Gardner 6 LXB Diesel Engine (100hp).

A modified 6 ton HIAB crane was mounted on the fore deck capable of lifting 1.5 tons. There are four built in tanks capable of holding a total of 14,000 litres of waste oil and a hold built to except two ISO containers each with a capacity of 20 cubic meters.

The bridge stretches the width of vessel providing uninterrupted visibility of all deck area. The rear cabin has seating, a table, refrigerator, tea/coffee facilities and a restroom including a shower.


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