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2022 Annual Stakeholder Forum

We will be holding our Annual Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 as a hybrid event, both online and in person, at IET London, Savoy Place.

The annual Forum will be hosted by new PLA chair, Jonson Cox CBE. It will feature updates on river use and PLA performance in 2021, drawn from the organisation’s annual report & accounts, which is expected to be released within the next two weeks, including the continued recruitment of pilots and consultation on the updated river development framework, Thames Vision 2050. There will be time for open questions from customers and stakeholders, after the formal presentations.

The Port of London is home to the UK’s largest port and busiest inland waterway for passengers and freight. The Forum will start at 2.30 pm; for those joining in person, refreshments will be available from 2.00 pm.

During the event we will pick up on some of the major river developments, from the announcement of the Thames Freeport to the start of work preparing more safeguarded wharves for return to operations.


2021 Annual Stakeholder Forum

During the Forum we announced that work is underway modelling the future of energy demand and supply on the tidal Thames, as we look to shape the zero carbon port and river of the future. This will be a key building block of an updated strategy for the river: Thames Vision 2050.

The future of river use on the Thames is going to be shaped by substantial change as the economy decarbonises, new technologies emerge, trading patterns evolve, and as we recover from the pandemic.

Our port trade forecasts show a decline in oil product cargoes through the 2030s with new opportunities emerging in sustainable fuels. Collectively we need to be ready to respond to this major change and seize the new opportunities that arise. Decarbonisation will be driven by all sectors of the global economy, including of course maritime.

The Thames Energy Study will focus in particular on the changing energy needs of ships calling in the Port of London and smaller vessels working on the River Thames, and what infrastructure is needed to enable the transition.

We will share the findings of the study we shape Thames Vision 2050. The original Vision, launched in mid-2016, covered the period to 2035. We also released a five-year Thames Vision Progress Review.

In addition, we published our latest annual Environmental Report, which reflects progress across air & water quality, resources and biodiversity.

Related Information: 

2020 Annual Stakeholder Forum

Christopher Rodrigues CBE, chairman of the PLA Board, introduced the event. Chief executive Robin Mortimer, chief harbour master Bob Baker and chief financial officer Julie Tankard gave a series of short presentations touching on the main developments in the year. 

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

Further information on the PLA’s 2019 performance and 2020 outlook can be found in our annual report & accounts.