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Vessel Notification Requirements

We require accurate information about your vessel in advance of its movement on the River Thames for several reasons:

  • To avoid unnecessary delays to your vessel
  • To provide an efficient service to your vessel
  • To meet statutory requirements

Much of the information we ask you for is required under United Kingdom Law related to the safe management of vessel traffic. If you do not provide us with this information we will not be able to accept the notification for your vessel.

The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 and the Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 require detailed information about your vessel's planned voyage.

In the case of a vessel requiring a Pilot we will not be able to provide your vessel with a Pilot until all the information required by the PLA and by United Kingdom Law is provided.

In the case of a vessel not requiring a Pilot your vessel may be refused entry into the Port of London until all the information required by the PLA and by United Kingdom Law is provided.

If you do not provide the information marked as mandatory we will not be able to accept your notification and your entry may be rejected and returned to you for correction. Additionally, your vessel may be refused access to the Port of London until the relevant information required by law has been provided.

This manual specifies the standards required for vessel notifications.

If your vessel is carrying dangerous or polluting goods then you must submit the notification online via the PISCES system.

If you need a PISCES account please contact us.

If you need to submit a notification by e-mail please use the forms below:

NOTE: Notifications submitted via PISCES will be processed ahead of paper/telephone notifications by London VTS staff.

If you are unable to make your notifications on-line, then notifications may be sent by e-mail or fax using the PLA Movement, Pilotage and PEC Notifications form.  Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the Notification Form. This can be saved locally as a Word Template for repetitive use. Click here for a PDF version of the Notification Form.

VTS contact details -

Kevin Gregory – VTS Manager – 01474 562299
Tom Southall – Deputy VTS Manager – 01474 562242

Or use this Enquiry Form.