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PLA Videos

Must See

Here's a selection of the Port of London Authority's 'must see' videos from our archive.


Greening Inland Shipping Conference & Exhibition

On 10 September, we hosted London’s first Greening Inland Shipping conference & exhibition. Almost 200 delegates from across Europe gathered in one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, The Crystal, at the Royal Docks to discuss emerging technologies aiming to drive down emissions from tugs, ferries and barges working on rivers. The event is set to be a catalyst for the adoption of new technology on the Thames. See interviews with PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer; deputy mayor for environment and energy, Shirley Rodrigues; and Green City Ferries founder, Hans Thornell.

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.

A cut above - Update on our new hybrid pilot cutter

Take a look behind the scenes as work continues on our new hybrid pilot cutter boat. It's being built at Goodchild Marine in Great Yarmouth, and is expected to be in service this year.

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.

Thames Historic Barge Race 2017

The historic barge race on the Thames is a unique event, showcasing the traditional lighterman's skill of navigating an unpowered barge using the tide. The race is rowed over a seven-mile course between the Palaces of Greenwich and Westminster. This film captures the essence of the 2017 race, from the start, racing through central to the prize presentation back at Greenwich.

PLA Strategy

Our new strategy is centred on three roles for the PLA: Protect, Improve and Promote. Find out what this means from our stakeholders and PLA employees as we work to encourage greater use of the river, in line with the Thames Vision http://www.pla.co.uk/About-Us/The-Thames-Vision.

Peruvian Wharf – a wharf safeguarded for river use

Peruvian Wharf, a strategically important, protected wharf in East London is set to return to operation after it was bought by the PLA. Find out about the plans for the wharf from PLA director of planning and environment, James Trimmer and Bill Brett, chairman of Brett Group which will develop an integrated building materials terminal on the site. Peruvian Wharf is expected to be operational in late 2017.