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Commercial operations on the river at Olympics time

Operations on the tidal river are carefully regulated to ensure navigational safety.  Setting up a new operation involves careful planning so that you fulfil the requirements of the PLA and, if appropriate, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. 

The things you will have to cover include:

  • Identifying then obtaining permissions and approvals from the individual owners of the piers between which you wish to operate; this is  one of the more difficult areas and needs to be considered prior to making any investment
  • Full planning for your service, passage planning and risk assessment
  • Securing the appropriate operating licence for the vessel you plan to operate (PLA or MCA)
  • Ensuring that the vessel is fitted with Thames AIS transponder system
  • That the skipper and crew have the appropriate Boat Masters Licence and Local Knowledge Endorsements.

There are no dispensations from the established safety regime for short-term operations.