A new interim ferry operator has been announced to run the Tilbury to Gravesend service.
The service, on which around 120,000 journeys are made each year, will now be provided by Jet Stream Tours. A permanent contract for the service is planned to be in place later on this year.
The new temporary contract for the ferry service is supported financially by Thurrock Council and Kent County Council.
Jet Stream Tours will provide exactly the same service, operating on the same days, to the same timetable.
Fares will also remain unchanged, and the new vessel will continue to accept passengers with bicycles. The new vessel will not be able to accommodate motorbikes.
The service operates from the Port of Tilbury landing stage under agreement with Thurrock Council, and on the other side of the river from the 'Town Pier', owned by Gravesham Borough Council, where it uses a pontoon developed in partnership with Kent County Council.
Portfolio holder for Transport and Highways, Cllr Brian Little said: "We are very pleased to be working with Jet Stream Tours and look forward to a great service for Thurrock’s residents."
Kent County Council's cabinet member for Environment and Transport, Matthew Balfour said: "We're delighted to be working with Jet Stream Tours.
"We believe they will provide a first class service that will benefit the hundreds of passengers that make the trip from Gravesend to Thurrock and back each day."