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Keeping trade flowing
We've recruited four experienced master mariners to become specialist Thames navigational pilots to boost our Pilotage service.
Validation of our efforts
External audit of occupational health and safety procedures has confirmed that we meet important international requirements.
Telling the river's stories
Meet the people with the Thames at their heart. In the latest, Beauty Marshall thought the pandemic had claimed her career.
Talking can be a lifeline for people
Our new film aims to support efforts to get the nation discussing mental health, particularly in the ongoing pandemic.
Calling all researchers
Help us shape academic studies and research about the best ways to improve sustainable management of the tidal Thames.

Notices and Bulletins


Essential, up to date information and advice to those supporting navigation and commercial shipping in the Port of London.

The latest notifications for agents, berth and ship operators.

Special announcements about safety practices on the river.

The latest information and updates about warnings that could impact navigation.

The latest SMS Reports containing reviews, incident statistics and trends.

Sign up to receive our Notices to Mariners and other lists by email.

Our Services


Frequently accessed services.
Permits allow metal detecting, beachcombing and digging to 7.5cm.
All commercial filming and photography on the tidal Thames requires a licence.
All development works and dredging in the tidal River Thames require a licence.
We are responsible for the licensing of inland waterways vessels operating commercially on the tidal Thames.
A Pilotage Exemption Certificate may be granted to a Master who fulfils criteria showing they can safely manage their vessel.
Masters of commercial vessels operating on the Thames in London need a Local Knowledge Endorsement.
A pilot can be requested by the master of any vessel irrespective of whether Pilotage is compulsory.
Published surveys issued by the Port of London Authority Hydrographic Services department.
A century of tradition, the latest technology. Knowledge and solutions for your business.
Keep track of shipping
Forthcoming and completed vessel arrivals and departures in the Port of London.
Essential information
Rules, guidelines and best practice for navigation on the tidal River Thames.
We're all responsible for safety
Help us build a complete picture of safety on the Thames. Tell us when you see a near miss.

Join us for these upcoming webinars.
2 March, Online
With a return to sport and recreational boating on the river in sight, join us and RNLI for a safety workshop, with how to check your life jackets.
12 March, Online
Stakeholders will be able to discuss the Action Level review, and input into new framework being developed.
16-18 March, Online
Three days, three webinars exploring sustainability, innovation & change and habitats. Hear from global experts and the PLA on the way forward.

Where to Find More


Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
Our dedicated leisure website helps Thames recreational community members make the most of the river.
Our site encouraging more litter removal across the foreshore of the Thames Estuary. Find out how you or your organisation can get involved.
Our programme supporting inland fleet operators that respond to a range of environmental challenges across energy, air and water quality.
The PLA was created by Parliament to bring order to the chaos and congestion that prevailed on the Thames.
We have an active presence on the river 365 days a year to ensure safe navigation for freight, passengers and recreation.
The PLA's extensive archive is held and managed by the Museum of London Docklands in West India Quay near Canary Wharf.
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