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Introduction: In January 2007, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the Government, introduced a new national Boatmasters Licence for the skippers of commercial vessels on inland waterways. In replacing the old local licence (Watermen and Lightermen’s Licence) with a national one, the MCA introduced a requirement for ‘local knowledge’ where the nature of the waterways and trades on them (as identified through risk assessment) warranted a spec

Click on the links below to see our daily photo albums of the River Pageant. Sunday 3rd June Saturday 2nd June Friday 1st June/

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On 3 June over 100 PLA staff on 30 of our vessels ran and marshalled the biggest ever flotilla on the Thames. This film tells the story of our pageant day; 5 am start, 11 pm finish; over 100 people, 30 vessels. Can't view Flash content? Watch the film on our YouTube Channel here.

Here are some of the best shots of PLA people working on 3 June, helping to run the river pageant safely. If you have more photos, please let us have them so we can add and share them round the PLA. var int_CurrentGalleryAppletImage = 1; function changeGalleryApp

Byelaw 12.3 PLA's Thames AIS Technical Requirements Specification and Procedures for the Operation of Thames AIS and Person Onboard Reporting System - click here Byelaw 14.2 Personal Watercraft in the Thames Estuary Code of Conduct - click here Byelaw 16 Technical Requirements for the iss

Piloting vessels on the Thames, overseeing vessels navigating, laying moorings, managing river traffic for events, it’s all part of the PLA’s daily job. At Olympics time there’s more of everything – more vessels coming into central London, more events, additional moorings. Watch our latest film to find out more.

There were a lot of exciting things happening on the Thames in the run up to, during and after the Olympic Games. From the Olympic Torch being carried by boat from Hampton Court to Tower bridge to large numbers of sailing vessels coming to the heart London and traditional Thames events - there was plenty to see and enjoy from the banks of the river./p