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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.

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1.
Marco Polo arriving at Tilbury

Cruise ship, Marco Polo arriving at London International Cruise Terminal, which hosts more than 60 cruise ship calls a year. Marco Polo guided to and from her berth by PLA pilots, with vessel movement overseen from port control. April 2015

2.
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.

3.
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.

4.
Tilburyness tidal flow diagrams

A short film about the tidal flow at Tilburyness

5.
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.

6.
Busiest Night of the Year

New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year on the Thames for passenger boats, with many people getting afloat for a great view of the fireworks. The Port of London Authority co-ordinates river operations for the event, with two launches on the river closing it to traffic between Westminster Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge between 2340 on 31 December 2013 until 0020 on 1 January 2014. VTS Officers at our Thames Barrier Navigation Centre oversee the operation – this is their story of the night.

7.
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.

8.
Nature Haven – Improving Oliver’s Ait (twitter version)

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.

9.
PLA Hydrographic Services - Overview

The PLA has the busiest hydrographic department in the UK. Find out more about the part our hydrography team play on the River Thames.

10.
All about Richmond Lock and Weir on the Thames

Richmond Lock and Weir is a half tide weir and lock, owned and operated by the Port of London Authority, the facility is used to maintain the upstream river level at no less than five feet and nine inches below datum line. A lock enables boats to continue travelling up or down river when the weirs are in place.