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Near Miss Reporting

The PLA aims to reduce the number of serious incidents on the river, between Teddington Lock and the coast, by ten per cent year on year. In 2019, there were six such incidents, down from nine in 2018. In 2014 there were 41.

Bob Baker; chief harbour master, said:

Safety is the heart of everything we do at the PLA. There is no greater priority for us.

In line with our Marine Safety Plan targets, we have seen a continuing downward trend in the number of serious incidents on the river since 2016. But there is no room for complacency. Over the same period, we have also seen a decline in the reporting of instances where there was a close call or 'near miss'.

Carefully recording all such incidents is essential to ensure the river is a safe place for everyone who uses it, for work or pleasure.

That's why we need river users to get in touch with us, whenever near misses occur. This can be done via our VTS radio network, by phone, by email or via our app – it really couldn't be easier.

Click on an image below to download the poster.


Our Commitment to Water Safety

In partnership with other members of the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum (the RNLI, the Met Police, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency), we've developed a drowning prevention strategy for the tidal River Thames, launched by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in May 2019.



Pilot ladder training

To fully prepare new recruits for the rigours of climbing aboard vessels they guide up and down the estuary, we have established a pioneering on land training facility in Denton, Gravesend. So far, over 100 of our employees have completed the course.