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Chief Harbour Master team

The harbour masters are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC), ensuring the safety of navigation for all mariners in the Port of London, enforcing the rules and regulations and leading on Port Security and Emergency and Resilience Planning for the PLA. 

Chief Harbour Master - Bob Baker

Bob has overall responsibility for navigational safety on the tidal Thames.  The CHM’s team includes Harbour Masters, Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) & Safety Management Systems (SMS), Pilotage including all PLA pilots, Richmond Lock & Weir, the Pilot Cutter and the Harbour Patrol launches.

 

Senior Harbour Master - Cathryn Spain

Cathryn has overall management of the Harbour Masters team, leads on Port Security and Resilience and emergency management and is chair of the Thames Port Security Authority and Thames Resilience Panel.

For more information about work of the Harbour Master’s team click here.

 

Harbour Master (SMS & VTS) - Simon Phillips

Simon leads the VTS Department and is responsible for the strategic development of the department’s policy and procedural management as well as national/international liaison activities. Simon also retains strategic management of the PLA’s IALA and MCA accredited training organisation. Simon is also responsible the maintenance of the port’s Marine Safety Management System (SMS).

To find out more about London VTS click here.

To find out more about the work of the SMS team click here.

 

Harbour Master (Tideway) – Terry Lawrence

Terry oversees the Thames Tideway Tunnel, “London’s super sewer” project works that impact on the river.

For more information on the Tideway project click here.

 

 

 

Harbour Master (Special Projects) – Mark Towens

Mark works on the many projects within the PLA that require an experienced Harbour Master’s input.