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Rose's return: Cleaner Thames update 2018

International explorer Paul Rose marks the third anniversary of the Cleaner Thames campaign (that he launched) with an update on what's being done to battle the tide of rubbish flowing into the world-famous waterway. Paul speaks to PLA environment manager Tanya Ferry and volunteers about the continuing fight to challenge and change littering habits.

Investing in the Future - Thames Apprentices

Hear from apprentices on the Thames and their employers about what is drawing young people to a career on the UK’s busiest waterway, and why it’s essential for the long term health of the river. Interviewees from the Port of London Authority, Livett’s Group, Tideway, City Cruises, MBNA Thames Clippers, Cory Riverside Energy and the AHOY Centre.

Thames Historic Barge Race 2017

The historic barge race on the Thames is a unique event, showcasing the traditional lighterman's skill of navigating an unpowered barge using the tide. The race is rowed over a seven-mile course between the Palaces of Greenwich and Westminster. This film captures the essence of the 2017 race, from the start, racing through central to the prize presentation back at Greenwich.

PLA Strategy

Our new strategy is centred on three roles for the PLA: Protect, Improve and Promote. Find out what this means from our stakeholders and PLA employees as we work to encourage greater use of the river, in line with the Thames Vision http://www.pla.co.uk/About-Us/The-Thames-Vision.

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.

Barge loading at Peruvian Wharf, London

11 January 2017: A landmark day on the Thames as a vessel is loaded at Peruvian Wharf for the first time in over 20 years. The Port of London Authority (PLA) recently acquired the strategically important, protected wharf in East London in order to return it to port operations. The barge featured is being loaded with materials cleared from the site as part of enabling works, including access-road construction, readying the site for development. Peruvian Wharf will be let to independent construction and building materials group, Brett, who are developing an integrated terminal on the site, expected to be operational in late 2017.

Cleaner Thames Campaign - Recreation and sporting on the river

Cleaner Thames spokesman international explorer Paul Rose speaks to sports and recreation users along the Thames to see what they have to say about the impact of litter the Thames. Cleaner Thames is calling on everyone to help do the right thing by binning litter properly so it doesn’t end up in the Thames.

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.

Testing the Water - the connection between rivers and plastics in our seas

Our latest film showcases the visit to the Thames by a team of women who, as an eXXpedition crew on board yacht Sea Dragon, circumnavigated the UK to sample British waters for micro plastics and chemicals. It features interviews including: Emily Penn, eXXpedition co-founder and ocean advocate; Paul Rose, explorer and broadcaster; PLA environment manager, Tanya Ferry and Kids Against Plastic.

New Boat Lift Assembly Time-lapse August 2017

See our new, eco-friendly £400,000 boat hoist being assembled in our Denton Wharf yard. The Power Hoist Atlantic (PHA) 100, made by Roodberg in the Netherlands can lift 70 tonnes, meaning it handle the majority of our +40 vessels and deal with a wider variety of third-party Thames boats too. Time-lapse film, so apologies for the occasional obscured view from the rain-flecked lens. You might notice our camera clock was set wrong - the crane was assembled in August 2017.