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We offer a range of services to support the Port of London

Licensing & permits

Our Licensing team administers our permitting process. They evaluate applications for works in or over the river to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and safety.

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Dredger Hanson Thames on the river
Photo of large vessel on River Thames estuary with smaller vessel in view


Our Pilotage department ensures the effective and economic provision of pilotage services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Our team of over 100 pilots board and guide more than 10,000 ships through the Port of London every year.

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Marine Services

A busy, safe river depends on our efficient Marine Services department. Our team ensures that channels are clearly marked with lights and buoys, that any obstructions are quickly removed, that the driftwood is removed from the river. 

They also provide a base for boat lift out and repairs.

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Multi-coloured Buoys and Lighthouse at Denton Wharf
People leaning over maps of the River Thames and a laptop Hydrography team


Our hydrography team is responsible for the continuous monitoring of the river and estuary essential to safe navigation of the Thames.

Surveys are primarily conducted for safety of navigation, but a significant effort goes into conservancy and environmental monitoring surveys, as well as detailed engineering works.

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Laura Maersk Container Ship at London Gateway with PLA Harbour Service Launch vessel in foreground

Thames Vision 2050

Trading Thames

We're working toward making London the UK’s leading port, central to the nation’s economy, with Net Zero emissions. 

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Rates & charges

The published rates and charges for services provided by the PLA.

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