Codes of Practice
This suite of Codes of Practice provides general guidance and advice that promotes safe marine operations on the tidal Thames.
This Code establishes a common standard for the safe operation of commercial inland waterway vessels operating on the tidal Thames.
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.
This Code provides commonly agreed safe practices for the operation and management of passenger vessels on the tidal Thames.
This Code aims to provide guidance and advice on craft towage on the tidal Thames and illustrate examples of associated local good practice.
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
This Code describes safe working practices for ship towage operations and guidelines for the utilisation of ship towage tugs on the tidal Thames.
The Port of London Authority (PLA), with the assistance of British Rowing, British Canoeing and a number of Thames watersport clubs and centres, has produced a new combined Code of Practice for both Rowing and Paddling on the Tideway (the ‘Tideway Code’).
There are also two new wall charts to accompany the Code:
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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