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.
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.
See the newest addition to our fleet, hydrographic survey boat, Maplin, going through the final stages of fitting out and testing before she left builders C-Truk for our base on the Thames. The purpose-built survey catamaran will be used to scan the river bed so that it can be kept deep enough for ships and any obstructions removed.
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.
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.
The tidal Thames is a vibrant habitat for wildlife, home to 125 species of fish, hundreds of seals and 300,000 overwintering birds every year. Find out more about what’s in the river and the work we do to look after it, including habitat management, driftwood collection, Thames Barrier navigation and our partnership work with organisations including the Environment Agency, RPSB and Thames21.
A brief introduction to what’s in the tidal Thames and the work we do to look after its environment. The river is home to 125 species of fish, hundreds of seals and 300,000 overwintering birds every year. In 92 seconds we cover this and our work including habitat management, driftwood collection, Thames Barrier navigation and much more.
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.
The PLA’s work on the Thames spans safety, environment, planning expertise and bringing people together. This short graphical film shows how our work creates value for society.