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PLA News Releases


News releases on safety initiatives and developments.



Four “angels” that keep the RNLI pontoon at Royal Terrace Pier safe ascended to the skies (10 December).

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Public urged to look after one another on the river and its banks this yuletide.

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Alcohol, drugs and the Thames: A Christmas cocktail to avoid

As Maritime Safety Week kicks off (6 July), the Port of London Authority (PLA) is calling on river users to make reporting tidal Thames ‘near misses’ a priority in its latest safety drive.

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New campaign to record tidal Thames near misses

As the capital prepares for its hottest day of the year, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has issued a reminder not to underestimate the powers of the tidal River Thames.

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Thames heatwave safety call

A partnership to promote the highest safety standards for all boat operators on the tidal Thames has been launched by the Company of Waterman & Lighterman and the Port of London Authority (PLA).

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Raising the bar for river workers’ safety training

Work to dismantle and remove the old West Street Pier in Gravesend is well underway. The pier was used for a number of years by passengers of the Gravesend – Tilbury ferry. But in 2012 the ferry moved to the renovated Town Pier.

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Works to remove West Street Pier

A jet skier who flouted speed limit and safety rules on the tidal Thames has been fined, following a successful prosecution by the Port of London Authority.

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Speeding jet skier fined after member of the public takes action

A Kent man who recklessly jet skied at speed along the Thames towards central London last summer has been successfully prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates Court (10 April 2019).

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Jet skier fined for reckless Thames folly

More than 250 river stakeholders came together for the Port of London Authority (PLA) annual reception on 12 March. At event, PLA chairman, Christopher Rodrigues delivered a speech covering the key themes of investment, pilotage and jobs. The full text of the speech follows.

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PLA Annual Reception – 12 March 2019 Chairman, Christopher Rodrigues’ Speech

Seasonal revellers on the tidal Thames have been warned to enjoy themselves safely this Christmas and into the New Year.

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Advice for a safe festive season on the tidal Thames

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