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Codes of Practice

This suite of Codes of Practice provides general guidance and advice that promotes safe marine operations on the tidal Thames.

Code of Practice for the Management and Operation of Commercial Vessels on the Thames 2013

This Code establishes a common standard for the safe operation of commercial inland waterway vessels operating on the tidal Thames.


The Embarkation and Disembarkation of Pilots - Code of Safe Practice (Revised August 2017)

The PLA have now adopted this Code, developed by the United Kingdom Marine Pilots Association (UKMPA) Technical and Training Committee, the UK Harbour Master Association (UKHMA) and the BPA/UKMPG Marine Pilotage Working Group. This replaces the PLA's Code of Practice for Embarkation & Disembarkation of Pilots in the Thames Estuary.


Code of Practice Passenger Vessel Operations on the Thames 2016

This Code provides commonly agreed safe practices for the operation and management of passenger vessels on the tidal Thames.


Code of Practice for Craft Towage Operations on the Thames 2017 (as amended)

This Code aims to provide guidance and advice on craft towage on the tidal Thames and illustrate examples of associated local good practice.  


Code of Practice for the Safe Mooring of Vessels on the Thames 2010

This Code describes established good practice for the safe and efficient mooring and unmooring of vessels on the Thames.

This code can also be viewed as an updated PowerPoint presentation (2016) by clicking here


Code of Practice for Ship Towage Operations on the Thames 2015 (as amended)

This Code describes safe working practices for ship towage operations and guidelines for the utilisation of ship towage tugs on the tidal Thames.


Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tideway 2015

A Code of Practice for rowing on the tidal Thames (3rd Edition). This publication produced by the Port of London Authority and Thames Regional Rowing Council brings together practical guidance from experienced rowers, the recommendations of relevant risk assessment and the requirements of local and international regulation.

Also to accompany the Code there are two new Rowing Charts & Pocket Guides, please click on the links below to view:

Rowing Chart - Upper Area

Rowing Code Upper Area Pocket Guide

Rowing Chart - Lower Area

Rowing Code Lower Area Pocket Guide

Rowing Chart - Central Area


Code of Practice for Paddling on the Tideway 2017

This is the first edition of the code, published by the Port of London Authority and British Canoeing.

Paddling Chart - Upper Area

Paddling Chart - Central Area

Paddling Chart - Lower Area



Code of Practice for Personal Watercraft in the Thames Estuary

The Port of London Authority (PLA), in partnership with its key stakeholders, has developed a Code of Conduct for Personal Watercraft (PWC) users in the Thames Estuary. The Code has been developed to complement similar guidance developed by Kent County Council and the Kent Coastal Forum along the Kent Coast.




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