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05.12.2017

A riverside haven for visiting mariners from all over the world has been giving a helping hand this Christmas by the Port of London Authority (PLA). Every year, Tilbury Seafarers’ Centre volunteers wrap up more than 1,500 parcels for crew members whose ships are calling at the Port of London over the festive period. Many of the visiting seamen have not seen loved ones for months and are really happy to accept gifts at a time of year when they’re most missing home.

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PLA lends a Christmas helping hand At Tilbury Seafarers’ Centre
29.11.2017

A Port of London Authority (PLA), marine services deckhand who put forward a bright idea at the right time is now helping trainees make their way in the marine world of work. Rachel De Bont was recently made training and liaison officer at the PLA just as the authority added two more apprentices to its books and expanded the marine training offered to staff.

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Bright idea sees PLA boost training support
22.11.2017

Twenty two apprentices this week celebrated the start of their journey towards careers on the tidal Thames, at the official launch of the Thames Skills Academy’s (TSA) Thames Apprenticeship Programme.

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Thames Skills Academy milestone as 22 new apprentices embark on training
08.11.2017

The Port of London Authority (PLA) this week hosted nine students from St Angela’s Ursuline School in Newham on a trip on the Thames, kicking off a three-year partnership with the school as part of London Youth Rowing’s ‘Breaking Barriers’ campaign.

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PLA Kicks off London Youth Rowing partnership
02.11.2017

Newborn baby Archie O’Doherty, pictured in mum Laura’s arms, made a dramatic entrance into the world – as his family sat down to watch The X Factor. Archie, son of PLA driftwood master Martin, was due at the beginning of November but made an early appearance at the End of Part One. Laura Osbourne, 27, knew it was her moment as she climbed the stairs of her Gravesend home and shouted at Martin, 29, for help.

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Little Archie’s got The UneXpected Factor
01.11.2017

As has been reported widely via the internet, there is currently a lone common dolphin in the upper reaches of the tidal Thames. Solitary dolphins are not uncommon around the UK coast and occasionally they will swim up rivers further inland. When this happens, their welfare can be threatened as people who are not used to seeing a marine animal may inadvertently cause it stress.

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Common dolphin in upper Thames
20.10.2017

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has unveiled a smart new eco-friendly £400,000 boat hoist to give its fleet – and other vessels on the Thames – a lift. The Power Hoist Atlantic (PHA) 100, made by Roodberg in the Netherlands, was recently brought into service at the PLA’s Marine Services boatyard in Denton, Kent. It can lift 70 tonnes – 10 more than the authority’s previous lift, which was in use for about 10 years.

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Powerful boatlift unveiled by Port of London Authority
03.10.2017

Lads at Leigh Ramblers YFC under 12s, whose home ground is just over a mile from the Thames, are now able to stay that little bit drier in the new waterproof gear, which bears the PLA logo. Leigh Ramblers was founded in 1902, seven years before the PLA, which oversees safe navigation on the UK’s busiest river.

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Port of London Authority has Essex team covered after training gear donation
18.09.2017

Two Kent teenagers – who say it’s their life’s ambition to work in the marine industry – have embarked on apprenticeships at the Port of London Authority (PLA).

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Teenagers take a marine route into work as minister calls for more apprentices
15.09.2017

We are a trading nation. We are a maritime nation. The genesis of our trading heritage was on the Thames. Here the Ancient Britons identified deep water, close to a shallow river ford, which was ideal for landing goods.

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Reflecting on the sea – London International Shipping Week

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