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PLA Policies


The Port of London Authority is committed to performing all its duties and tasks in a timely, positive, cost-effective and ethical manner, balancing the needs and expectations of internal and external stakeholders and interested parties to ensure the tidal Thames remains a vibrant contributor to the UK economy, a place of recreation and a safe-guarded environment. To do this, we have set forth the following policies:

Our Key Roles


The Port of London Authority has statutory responsibilities in core areas.
December 2020
As the custodian of the tidal Thames, the Port of London Authority has environmental duties under the Harbours Act 1964, Port of London Act 1968, and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
February 2020
The Port of London Authority has the primary responsibility for maintaining safe access and managing the safety of vessels, the general public and all users of the tidal River Thames.
December 2017
The PLA is the statutory harbour authority for the Port of London and has been designated a “strategic authority” in respect of the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

Our Pledges


The Port of London Authority is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards.
December 2020
The Port of London Authority applies the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities.
November 2012
The PLA supports a range of charities directly related to the river, marine skills and preserving the Port’s archive.
2015
The Port of London Authority has set up a CCTV Scheme for the purposes of monitoring the security of its premises.
Current Consultations
We engage actively with stakeholders along the Thames, including river users, local authorities, interest groups, government and many other bodies.
December 2020
We seek to be a responsible energy manager, promoting energy efficiency throughout our operations and reducing our use of energy.
March 2020
We are committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
June 2020
The Port of London Authority respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Here's how we handle your information.
December 2020
We aim to perform all our duties in a timely, positive and cost-effective manner, balancing the needs and expectations of interested parties.
January 2021
The PLA is committed to sourcing goods and services in a responsible, fair and sustainable manner and working with suppliers to achieve this commitment.
July 2017
Standard terms and conditions for purchase of goods and/or services by the Port of London Authority.
January 2016
The Port of London Authority is committed to providing the highest standards of service to its clients.

Our Standards


Port of London Authority expects its employees to meet high standards.
July 2018
The Port of London Authority has developed this policy as part of a positive approach to tackling alcohol and substance related issues at work.
December 2020
We are committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and aspire to influence the wider river community and those who work with us.

Pension Schemes


Statement of Investment Principles for Port of London Authority-administered pension plans.
Port of London Authority Pension Fund
This Statement has been prepared in accordance with section 35 of the Pensions Act 1995 (as amended by the Pensions Act 2004 and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005)

September 2020
Widows’, Widowers’ & Orphans’ Pension
This Statement has been prepared in accordance with section 35 of the Pensions Act 1995 (as amended by the Pensions Act 2004, and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005).

September 2020
PLA Retirement Benefits Scheme
This Statement has been prepared in accordance with section 35 of the Pensions Act 1995 (as amended by the Pensions Act 2004, and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005).

September 2020
Estuary Services Limited Pension Scheme
This Statement has been prepared in accordance with section 35 of the Pensions Act 1995 (as amended by the Pensions Act 2004, and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005).

September 2020