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We're recruiting three apprentices to join us in September, an exciting opportunity to start a career.
James Trimmer, our planning & environment director, heralds another advance for light freight on the river.
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We have appointed a new head of IT. Anthony Fletcher joins the PLA from the Harwich Haven Authority in Essex.
Code of Practice for Ship Towage Operations on the Thames describes safe working practices for ship towage and guidelines for the utilisation of tugs.
To mark Women in Engineering Day, PLA apprentice Rosie Arrowsmith has advice for young women considering their career options.

Notices and Bulletins


Essential, up to date information and advice to those supporting navigation and commercial shipping in the Port of London.

The latest notifications for agents, berth and ship operators.

Special announcements about safety practices on the river.

The latest information and updates about warnings that could impact navigation.

The latest SMS Reports containing reviews, incident statistics and trends.

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Our Services


Frequently accessed services.
Permits allow metal detecting, beachcombing and digging to 7.5cm.
All commercial filming and photography on the tidal Thames requires a licence.
All development works and dredging in the tidal River Thames require a licence.
We are responsible for the licensing of inland waterways vessels operating commercially on the tidal Thames.
A Pilotage Exemption Certificate may be granted to a Master who fulfils criteria showing they can safely manage their vessel.
Masters of commercial vessels operating on the Thames in London need a Local Knowledge Endorsement.
A pilot can be requested by the master of any vessel irrespective of whether Pilotage is compulsory.
Published surveys issued by the Port of London Authority Hydrographic Services department.
A century of tradition, the latest technology. Knowledge and solutions for your business.
Keep track of shipping
Forthcoming and completed vessel arrivals and departures in the Port of London.
Essential information
Rules, guidelines and best practice for navigation on the tidal River Thames.
We're all responsible for safety
Help us build a complete picture of safety on the Thames. Tell us when you see a near miss.

Join us for these upcoming webinars.
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This year’s Annual Stakeholder Forum, hosted by our chairman, Christopher Rodrigues CBE, updated on the Port of London through presentations.
22, 29 June and 6 July
We're seeking input from the tidal Thames community as we update our framework for development in the Port of London.
Annual calendar
Our non-exhaustive listing of forecasted events held on the tidal Thames between the estuary and Teddington.

Connect With Us


We're active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
Our dedicated leisure website helps Thames recreational community members make the most of the river.
Our site encouraging more litter removal across the foreshore of the Thames Estuary. Find out how you or your organisation can get involved.
Our programme supporting inland fleet operators that respond to a range of environmental challenges across energy, air and water quality.
The PLA was created by Parliament to bring order to the chaos and congestion that prevailed on the Thames.
We have an active presence on the river 365 days a year to ensure safe navigation for freight, passengers and recreation.
The PLA's extensive archive is held and managed by the Museum of London Docklands in West India Quay near Canary Wharf.
The essential companion to the tidal Thames.
Download our free app for live tides, safety alerts, upcoming river events, port calls and more.
Ebb Tide Flag Warning
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