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PLA Videos

PLA Archive

Our archive contains an accumulation of videos signifying moments from the PLA's journey.


Archiving the tidal Thames - behind the scenes at the Museum of London Docklands

A historic warehouse in East London is home to the Museum of London Docklands and the Port of London Authority’s unique archive. It documents the work of the PLA on the Thames and its predecessors, going as far back as the late 17th Century. Parts of the archive are showcased in the Museum’s permanent displays, while photos, letters, artefacts, drawings and much more can be found in the complete collection, stretching over two kilometres of shelving. Join PLA archivist, Fiona Keates, for a look behind the scenes at just a few of the pleasant surprises you can find in the collection.

Docked in 75 seconds

24 miles in 75 seconds. See container ship Rio Blanco's passage up the Thames from the North Sea to coming alongside at London Container Terminal.

HMS Argyll leaving London

HMS Argyll leaving London on 19 January 2014. Seen here under tow by two Svitzer tugs, being manoeuvred through Tower Bridge.

New ESL Pilot Launches

Estuary Services Limited's (ESL) new launches are now in use boarding and landing service for pilots joining and leaving ships trading to London and Medway.

PLA Ship Of The Day - 21 Aug 2013

PLA Ship Of The Day - 21 Aug 2013 is the FTI BERLIN built in 1979 at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft at Kiel in Western Germany for a consortium of German investors.

New Thames Patrol Launches - a Port of London Authority Film

A film about the latest additions to the Port of London Authority's fleet - 'Kew' and 'Lambeth'

Naming of the PLA's latest launches - a Port of London Authority Film

London MPs Kate Hoey and Jane Ellison named the Port of London Authority's new launches during a ceremony on the Thames on 28th June 2011.