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Official opening of Peruvian Wharf

See the culmination of a 20-year PLA campaign to reopen Peruvian Wharf in Newham for freight handling, as Jules Pipe CBE, the deputy mayor for planning and regeneration and local MP Stephen Timms visit the site. The reactivation of the site is set to see building materials moved by river direct to East London, taking lorries off the capital’s congested roads, reducing congestion and improving air quality. The Brett Group and the site’s other new tenants are expected to handle more than 400,000 tonnes of cargo a year, annually keeping more than 20,000 lorries off London’s roads.

Hybrid cutter launch day

A milestone in the development of the world’s first hybrid pilot boat, Leader, as she is lowered into the water for the first time at Norfolk boat builder, Goodchild Marine.

Tidal Thames Drowning Prevention Strategy

A partnership of London agencies came together in May 2019 to launch the Drowning Prevention Strategy. Backed by HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, who spoke at the launch - the strategy aims to reduce the number of accidental and non-accidental deaths on the river - making the tidal Thames a safer place for everyone.

Rewarding, Varied and Fun - A PLA Apprenticeship

What’s so great about launching your career on the world-famous tidal Thames? Find out in our new film, where proud PLA apprentices reveal some of the sights, sounds and excitement they face every single day. All this while building on their skills for a brighter future.

Careers at the PLA

Our latest film features interviews with several of our staff, who reveal how their career paths led them to the Port of London Authority, which looks after 95 miles of the tidal Thames.

Naming of survey Vessel - Thame

DescriptionTitle: Naming of survey vessel – Thame The newest addition to our fleet of vessels that surveys the bed of the tidal River Thames, Thame was officially named by Heidi Alexander, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. The vessel deploys state-of-the-art sonar, laser and photographic equipment to map ever-changing contours of the river bed in the UK’s busiest inland waterway and second biggest port. Named after the Thames tributary that rises in Buckinghamshire, Thame was christened in a ceremony at Tower Pier, which also included a blessing by the Reverend Sophia Acland of All Hallows by the Tower.

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.

Rose's return: Cleaner Thames update 2018

International explorer Paul Rose marks the third anniversary of the Cleaner Thames campaign (that he launched) with an update on what's being done to battle the tide of rubbish flowing into the world-famous waterway. Paul speaks to PLA environment manager Tanya Ferry and volunteers about the continuing fight to challenge and change littering habits.

Northfleet Radar Timelapse

Watch a time-lapse film of the PLA’s new 50-metre high Northfleet Radar Tower. The radar overlooks Gravesend Reach, one of the busiest stretches of the Thames for large ships. It’s the Authority’s first new freestanding radar tower in 25 years and uses a combination of radar, AIS and CTTV to monitor river traffic.