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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.


Thames Historic Barge Race 2017

The historic barge race on the Thames is a unique event, showcasing the traditional lighterman's skill of navigating an unpowered barge using the tide. The race is rowed over a seven-mile course between the Palaces of Greenwich and Westminster. This film captures the essence of the 2017 race, from the start, racing through central to the prize presentation back at Greenwich.

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.

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.

Testing the Water - the connection between rivers and plastics in our seas

Our latest film showcases the visit to the Thames by a team of women who, as an eXXpedition crew on board yacht Sea Dragon, circumnavigated the UK to sample British waters for micro plastics and chemicals. It features interviews including: Emily Penn, eXXpedition co-founder and ocean advocate; Paul Rose, explorer and broadcaster; PLA environment manager, Tanya Ferry and Kids Against Plastic.