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About our boats

We have an active presence on the River 365 days a year with harbour launches patrolling between Southend and Putney. Special events and large ships requiring escort are also provided for by these vessels
The PLA's Marine Services operation maintains a fleet of over 40 vessels covering a range of services - from diving to salvage, from mooring maintenance to pollution control.
Using its fleet of specially equipped vessels the PLA Hydrographic Service undertakes regular surveys of all the main channels, providing vital information on depths and tidal data, as well as locating and marking any sunken obstructions.
Getting Pilots to and from ships visiting the Port of London requires a fleet of specialist launches to transport pilots between three pilot stations at Gravesend, Harwich and Ramsgate.