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Summary of Navigational Incidents in the Port of London


An integral part of the port’s marine Safety Management System involves the investigation of all navigational incidents that are reported to the Harbour Master.  Following an initial assessment, all Navigational Incidents (those affecting or having the potential to impact upon navigational safety) are investigated further, from both a regulatory and safety perspective. Details of the incident, the investigation and outcomes are recorded in an incident database.

This summary provides an overview of reported Incidents in the Port of London, from Teddington to the outer port limits, from July 2011 to date.

Classification of Navigational Incidents

Navigational Incidents reported under the PLA's marine Safety Management System are categorised as follows:

Floating Hazard
Pilot Ladder Deficiency
Vessel Equipment Deficiency
Loss of Hull Integrity
Vessel Navigation Aid Deficiency
Foreshore Incident
Criminal/Malicious Damage
Man Overboard
Near Miss
Safe Access Deficiency
Innappropriate Navigation
Port Security Incident
Navigational Hazard
Breach of Byelaws
Breach of General Directions


Click here to view all MMM reportable Navigational Incidents Graph (pdf file - opens in a new window).