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PLA Videos

Must See

Here's a selection of the Port of London Authority's 'must see' videos from our archive.


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.

This is the PLA (full version)

Find out about what happens on the tidal river Thames and the work of the Port of London Authority (PLA). The river is home to: the UK's second biggest port; busiest inland waterway for freight and passengers; a major centre for rowing; and can be a stage for global events. PLA operations to help keep the river safe include port control, providing ships' pilots, riverbed surveying, driftwood clearance and river traffic control for major events or large ship movements.

The work of a Pilot on the tidal Thames - a Port of London Authority Film

Port of London Authority Pilot Jon Stafford talks about his work and the challenges of guiding large ships safely into and out of the Port of London.

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.

Working as a Diver in the tidal Thames - a Port of London Authority Film

Port of London Authority Diver Kevin Leadbetter talks about the challenges of his work as a diver in the River Thames.

Safely navigating in the lower tidal Thames - a Port of London Authority Film

Navigating in the Thames Estuary? Watching our new film will help you do so in safety.