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PLA Videos

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.


Northfleet Radar Timelapse

Watch a time-lapse film of the PLA’s new 50-metre high Northfleet Radar Tower. The radar overlooks Gravesend Reach, one of the busiest stretches of the Thames for large ships. It’s the Authority’s first new freestanding radar tower in 25 years and uses a combination of radar, AIS and CTTV to monitor river traffic.

Careers at the PLA

Our latest film features interviews with several of our staff, who reveal how their career paths led them to the Port of London Authority, which looks after 95 miles of the tidal Thames.

Naming of survey Vessel - Thame

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.

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.

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.

Havens Tidal Flow Diagram

A short film showing the tidal flow at Thames Haven.

Stoneness to Broadness Tidal Flow Diagram

A short film showing the tidal flow between Stoneness and Broadness.

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