Purpose built

Thames Rib Charter operate a purpose built dive support Rib with an IMCA certified 3 diver surface supply spread. ‘Tempest’ is a Delta Rib built for inshore coastal waters and therefore more than suitable for operating anywhere on the Thames or Thames Estuary.

Jet Propulsion

‘Tempest’ is ideally suited to Thames operations because she has twin Hamilton Jet propulsion allowing operation in the shallowest of waters – she draws only 80cm. The Jets are coupled to brand new Yanmar engines. ‘Tempest’ is only 11.7m overall with a very slim 3.6m beam making her ideally suited to diving operations in confined areas. Her air draft is only 4m and with the mast hinged down 3.1m.


Powerful LED floodlights on both fore and aft decks together with a Francis searchlight make her ideal for around the clock operations. Tempest is MCA Cat 2 coded allowing work up to 60 miles from a safe haven day or night. She is also Police boat coded and fitted with blue strobe lights when the boat is chartered by the Police or harbour authorities.


‘Tempest’ provides an ideal dive support platform with full heating, rest area, heads and small galley. The deck layout provides a large aft deck, dive ladder and recovery davit.

Commercial Rib Charter

Thames Rib Charter is a trading division of Solent Rib Charters Ltd who also operate a Commercial Rib Charter trading division.
Please follow this link for the dedicated Commercial Rib Charter website.