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For information on current and past PLA projects, look no further. Keep up to date with progress of our New 6.9 million PLA Mooring Maitenance Vessel ' London Titan' built at the Portland, Dorset yard of Manor Marine.


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.

Thames Vision launch – July 2016

The Thames Vision was launched in early July 2016. The Vision is a framework for the development of the tidal Thames over the next 20 years. Launched with London’s new deputy mayor for transport, Val Shawcross, the Vision sets out six goals for the future. In this film find out about the goals and what some of the contributors to the Vision thought at the launch.

Thames Vision – Goals

A Thames Vision focused flight along the Thames from the mouth to West. It takes in the sights of the port, inland freight, passenger travel, environment, sport, recreation, culture and community, taking in the goals for their future growth set out in the Thames Vision. For more information visit: www.pla.co.uk/ThamesVision

London Titan – naming ceremony

See London Titan, our new £7 million Thames river maintenance officially named by Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price in a ceremony at Tower Pier on 3 December 2015. Titan is a unique boat for a unique river, specially designed to work as far upriver as Richmond and well out into the estuary. She is essential to safe and growing operations in the UK’s second biggest port and busiest inland waterway.

Titan – the Thames Transformer – in action

London Titan is our new, £7 million mooring maintenance vessel. Titan has been specially designed to work along almost all of the 95 miles of the tidal Thames we look after. Her cranes fold flat so she can negotiate bridges as far upriver as Richmond, but open out to lift up to a massive 11 tonnes at 20 metres reach. At the same time, Titan is robust enough to operate in the outer estuary. Titan’s duties include: mooring maintenance; laying and recovering navigation buoys; hauling wreckage from the riverbed; supporting diving operations; and small scale plough dredging operations.

Highlights 2014, how we create value and looking ahead to the Thames Vision

From our 2014 Stakeholder Forum, a film looking at the highlights of 2014 on the Thames (and for the PLA), plus how the work we do creates value for society and looking ahead to shaping a Vision for the development of the tidal Thames over the next 20 years.

Thames21 Foreshore Clear Up

The PLA works with environmental charity, Thames21, supporting their volunteer Thames foreshore clear ups. We provide baskets and cages which volunteers fill with litter from the river, later taking them away for appropriate recycling or disposal of the rubbish. We also provide ‘back office’ support, preparing Thames21's accounts, providing advice and support on HR matters.

What the Thames Means to Me

The 95 miles of tidal Thames is at the heart of life for many millions of people. As we kick off a new project to develop a Vision for the future of the river, we asked a range of people what the river means to them.

London Titan launch February 2015

Watch the launch of London Titan, the Port of London Authority’s (PLA) new £7 million ship which has been built to keep the Thames clear of obstructions, marked and safe for anyone to use. The is river is one of the busiest in the UK, and welcomes vessels from HMS Illustrious to Thames Clippers, cruise ships to rowing boats. The ship was launched at Manor Marine’s shipyard in Portland, Dorset on 21 February 2015.

Nature Haven - Improving Oliver's Ait (full film)

The PLA completed a programme of habitat and other improvements on Oliver’s Ait, an island on the Thames, just downriver of Kew Bridge. A valuable habitat for wildlife including bats and kingfishers, a survey of the site by London Wildlife Trust also found the rare swollen spire and Thames door snails.