About the PLA and What we do
The Port of London Authority works to ensure navigational safety along the tidal Thames, sharing its marine, environmental, planning and other expertise to promote use of the river and safeguard its unique marine environment. The Thames is home to the UK’s second biggest port, busiest inland waterway for freight and passengers, and a centre for sporting events. Our operations cover 95 miles of the River Thames. We work to keep commercial and leisure users safe, protect and enhance the environment and promote the use of the river for trade and travel.
DescriptionTitle: Naming of survey vessel – Thame The newest addition to our fleet of vessels that surveys the bed of the tidal River Thames, Thame was officially named by Heidi Alexander, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. The vessel deploys state-of-the-art sonar, laser and photographic equipment to map ever-changing contours of the river bed in the UK’s busiest inland waterway and second biggest port. Named after the Thames tributary that rises in Buckinghamshire, Thame was christened in a ceremony at Tower Pier, which also included a blessing by the Reverend Sophia Acland of All Hallows by the Tower.
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.
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.
A short film showing the tidal flow at Thames Haven.
A short film showing the tidal flow between Stoneness and Broadness.
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.
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
We run the Thames in trust for future generations and, every year, we have a Stakeholder Forum open to everyone who is interested in the Thames. This year's Forum at IET London, Savoy Place, attracted over 100 people. They heard from the PLA senior team about what's happening on the river, asked questions about the Thames and the PLA and, afterwards, caught up with others similarly passionate about the river.
The Thames. An iconic river enjoyed by millions of people every year. Riverside World Heritage sites and major sporting events draw visitors. Thousands of ships a year call at terminals, bringing essential goods and carrying exports overseas. A thriving environment. A place to live. A route to work. Somewhere to watch and marvel at heritage or get hands on with foreshore archaeology. A river overseen by the PLA as Custodians of the Tidal Thames. Our latest film captures the essence of the Thames today – and we hope it might encourage you to come and have a look too.
The Thames and PLA highlights of 2015 included filming for the latest Bond movie, welcoming some of the largest ships in the world, launching the Cleaner Thames campaign and planning for the future with the Thames Vision project.