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PLA Videos

Featured Videos

Have a look at our featured videos! Just a small selection of what the PLA Video archive has to offer.


Official opening of Peruvian Wharf

See the culmination of a 20-year PLA campaign to reopen Peruvian Wharf in Newham for freight handling, as Jules Pipe CBE, the deputy mayor for planning and regeneration and local MP Stephen Timms visit the site. The reactivation of the site is set to see building materials moved by river direct to East London, taking lorries off the capital’s congested roads, reducing congestion and improving air quality. The Brett Group and the site’s other new tenants are expected to handle more than 400,000 tonnes of cargo a year, annually keeping more than 20,000 lorries off London’s roads.

Tidal Thames Drowning Prevention Strategy

A partnership of London agencies came together in May 2019 to launch the Drowning Prevention Strategy. Backed by HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, who spoke at the launch - the strategy aims to reduce the number of accidental and non-accidental deaths on the river - making the tidal Thames a safer place for everyone.

Hybrid cutter launch day

A milestone in the development of the world’s first hybrid pilot boat, Leader, as she is lowered into the water for the first time at Norfolk boat builder, Goodchild Marine.

A cut above - Update on our new hybrid pilot cutter

Take a look behind the scenes as work continues on our new hybrid pilot cutter boat. It's being built at Goodchild Marine in Great Yarmouth, and is expected to be in service this year.

Naming of survey Vessel - Thame

DescriptionTitle: Naming of survey vessel – Thame The newest addition to our fleet of vessels that surveys the bed of the tidal River Thames, Thame was officially named by Heidi Alexander, the Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. The vessel deploys state-of-the-art sonar, laser and photographic equipment to map ever-changing contours of the river bed in the UK’s busiest inland waterway and second biggest port. Named after the Thames tributary that rises in Buckinghamshire, Thame was christened in a ceremony at Tower Pier, which also included a blessing by the Reverend Sophia Acland of All Hallows by the Tower.

PLA Strategy

Our new strategy is centred on three roles for the PLA: Protect, Improve and Promote. Find out what this means from our stakeholders and PLA employees as we work to encourage greater use of the river, in line with the Thames Vision http://www.pla.co.uk/About-Us/The-Thames-Vision.

Testing the Water - the connection between rivers and plastics in our seas

Our latest film showcases the visit to the Thames by a team of women who, as an eXXpedition crew on board yacht Sea Dragon, circumnavigated the UK to sample British waters for micro plastics and chemicals. It features interviews including: Emily Penn, eXXpedition co-founder and ocean advocate; Paul Rose, explorer and broadcaster; PLA environment manager, Tanya Ferry and Kids Against Plastic.

Northfleet Radar Timelapse

Watch a time-lapse film of the PLA’s new 50-metre high Northfleet Radar Tower. The radar overlooks Gravesend Reach, one of the busiest stretches of the Thames for large ships. It’s the Authority’s first new freestanding radar tower in 25 years and uses a combination of radar, AIS and CTTV to monitor river traffic.

Less than a month to go the Greening Inland Shipping conference

On 10 September, as part of London International Shipping Week, the PLA is hosting a major conference on improving the environmental performance of vessels on the Thames and other waterways. Watch our environment manager, Tanya Ferry, explain the aims of the conference and why it’s so important. Music: https://www.bensound.com