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12.06.2018

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered the UK’s first hybrid pilot boat from Norfolk boat builder, Goodchild Marine, as it publishes the final version of its Air Quality Strategy for the tidal Thames – also the first of its kind for any UK port.

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Port Of London Authority: Air quality strategy launch & first hybrid boat order
08.05.2018

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has announced plans to stop using single-use plastics by World Ocean Day (8 June, 2018) as part of its continued campaign to reduce the amount of rubbish in the Thames.

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PLA backs Cleaner Thames push with single-use plastic commitment
05.03.2018

Emergency Exercise on the Thames

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Emergency Exercise on the Thames
06.12.2017

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has broken new ground in the maritime sector, publishing the first draft Air Quality Strategy for a UK port. The PLA has been developing the strategy in the light of projected growth in river use over the next twenty years and concerns about air quality in urban centres. The aim of the strategy, which covers the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock to Southend, is to reduce emissions to air from marine sources within the tidal River Thames, while facilitating the Port and London’s future growth. The move comes less than 12 months after the PLA made London the first UK port to offer a ‘green’ discount on charges for ships using cleaner technology.

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London leads with first Air Quality Strategy for a UK port
01.11.2017

As has been reported widely via the internet, there is currently a lone common dolphin in the upper reaches of the tidal Thames. Solitary dolphins are not uncommon around the UK coast and occasionally they will swim up rivers further inland. When this happens, their welfare can be threatened as people who are not used to seeing a marine animal may inadvertently cause it stress.

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Common dolphin in upper Thames
30.08.2017

A team of women sailing around Britain to sample the UK’s waters for micro plastic and chemicals, arrived on the Thames today (30th August) to kick off local awareness-raising activities with a discussion panel made up of crew members, a scientist and young environmental activists.

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Testing the water
21.07.2017

The Port of London Authority is working with the Mayor of London and Transport for London on new research to help it develop an Air Quality Strategy for the tidal Thames.

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Testing The Air: Research Underway to Develop Thames Air Quality Strategy
24.04.2017

In the first three months of the year, 66 ships calling at terminals on the Thames qualified for the UK’s first port charge discount for cleaner ships.

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Positive early take up of ‘green’ discount on port charges

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