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After 69 days travelling round the UK, the Olympic Torch Relay culminated with a final leg from Hampton Court to Tower Bridge on-board the royal barge, Gloriana. The Port of London Authority (PLA) accompanied Gloriana and a small flotilla of rowed boats on the tidal stretch of the route from Teddington Lock to Tower. Safely delivered, and after two weeks of naval vessels, cruise ships, sailing boats and super yachts arriving in London ahead of the Games, the scene was set for the

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Julie Tankard Julie Tankard, chief financial officer was appointed in October 2017. Julie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has over 25 years of experience in finance, primarily in IT and telecommunications. Prior to joining the PLA, Julie was a vice presiden

Under Sections 66 and 73 of the Port of London Act 1968 (as amended), the PLA's consent is required for all works and dredging in, on or over the Mean High Water mark of the River Thames, regardless of the ownership of the riverbed and foreshore. Details of current and recently determined applications are listed below. Requests for further information should be sent to lic.app@pla.co.uk quoting the reference number.

Waste Reception Legislation All vessels, however small, generate waste of some description. The waste may be oil, noxious, cargo residues, kitchen waste, sewage or garbage. The Marpol 73/78 Convention aimed at preventing all types of pollution entering the rivers and seas, governs the safe and responsible disposal of this waste. The Merchant Shipping (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations requires all ports, terminal and marinas throughout the UK to pro

In readiness for any pollution incident, the PLA-managed Thames Oil Spill Clearance Association (TOSCA) provides a 24-hour response to oil spills between Tower Bridge and Canvey Island. Funded in part by the terminals that handle oil and oil products, the service has two purpose-built craft, each designed to collect and/or contain oil in the first critical hours after a spillage. TOSCA Background img alt="Boats on the ri

The Thames Marine Mammal Sightings Survey poster is available for download as a PDF document (628kb opens in new window). Acrobat Reader software is required to view PDF files. You can download it for free at a target="_blank" href="/track.cfm?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eadobe%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Facrobat%2F

This website seeks to conform wherever possible with the latest guidance on website design. However, some of the material, particularly publications in pdf format, may not be readily accessible to all users. The PLA is happy to supply hard copy versions of these documents on request. Wherever possible, images are described in detail. Please let the Website Manager know if you find an image on this site that does not have a description. This v

Follow the links below to download information or access external websites (open in a new window): Vessel Survey Application Form Vessel Licensing Application Form PLA Vessel Licensing Byelaws PLA Code of Practice for the Manage

Coaching Launches - Wash Testing Wash, and the effects of wash, can be a major danger on the tidal Thames, especially in the main rowing and leisure section above Wandsworth Bridge. This area is subject to a strict eight-knot speed limit, which applies to all powered craft. However, under the Port of London Th