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PLA News Releases


Updates on Thames incidents.



Speedboat captains fined for dangerous navigation

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Speedboat captains fined for dangerous navigation

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has welcomed the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) report into the accident last October in which pilot Gordon Coates lost his life. Gordon was fatally injured as he attempted to board the cargo vessel Sunmi, in Gravesend Reach on 5 October 2016.

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Port of London Authority statement: MAIB Report

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has confirmed that last night (Wednesday, 5 October 2016) at around 6.10 pm one of its pilots was involved in an accident while boarding a ship, Sunmi, in Gravesend Reach. PLA teams on duty, the emergency services and the RNLI did all they could subsequent to the accident, but tragically the pilot passed away.

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PLA Media Statement

The masters of two high-speed ribs that operate tours on the tidal Thames have been fined for dangerous navigation.

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Tidal Thames - prosecutions

A panicked dog walker who fell into the Thames while trying to rescue her beloved spaniel, had to be pulled out of the water by a passing Port of London Authority crew.

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Woman saved from drowning by Port of London Authority Crew

Due to deteriorating weather conditions (strong winds) causing large waves, we have had to cancel the participation of dragon boats in this year's race. Dragon boats have low sides, close to the water and are particularly vulnerable to taking on water in rough conditions.

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Great River Race 2015 - Safety Update

As London International Shipping Week starts (Monday, 7 September), new Port of London Authority (PLA) data shows the tidal Thames is thriving, both economically, with over 40,000 jobs linked to port operations, and also in terms of its amenity value, which is worth over £100 million in health benefits for residents alone who enjoy 10 million bike rides and walks on the towpath every year.

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New Reports Measures Tidal Thames' Economic and Amenity Value

As a result of the lessons identified from a PLA investigation into an accident involving a hired narrowboat on the tidal Thames, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and representatives from the British Marine Federation (BMF) and the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO) have worked together to address the key safety and technical issues.

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The PLA and BMF agree requirements for hired narrowboats on tidal Thames

A rowing coach and leading member of the rowing community on the River Thames, is missing following an incident on the river in Putney last night (Monday 2 February).

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Incident on the tidal Thames on 2 February 2015

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