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Water sport participants in London, Essex and Kent have a chance to shape the future of physical activity on the tidal Thames.
Calling all community groups
We are seeking to fund projects that will tackle litter or invasive species to help improve the environment in the estuary.
Telling the river's stories
James Berry is focussed on returning to work on the river and winning the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Wager.
We're seeking comments on our replacement for the causeway, which will retain the alignment and profile of the existing structure.
Our key initiatives are focused on protecting the Thames by improving our environmental performance and supporting greater sustainability.

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.
Two in 2021
There will be two Doggett’s Coat and Badge Races in 2021, following the postponement of last year’s event due to the epidemic.
Watch the Webinars
Three days, three webinars exploring sustainability, innovation & change and habitats. Hear from global experts and the PLA on the way forward.
Annual calendar
Our non-exhaustive listing of forecasted events held on the tidal Thames between the estuary and Teddington.

Where to Find More


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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.
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