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About the River

The UK's second biggest port, handling some 50 million tonnes of cargo each year, employing more than 40,000 people and contributing over £3 billion to the economy annually.



London welcomes cruise ships to moorings alongside HMS Belfast, at Greenwich and Tilbury.
London attracts a diverse range of vessels and cargoes, shown in a busy Gravesend Reach are a products tanker, a specialised roll-on/roll-off forest products carrier and a container ship.
The Tate & Lyle refinery at Silvertown is the largest cane sugar refinery in Europe.

The tidal Thames welcomes over 10,000 large vessels every year.
Naval vessels from Britain’s Royal Navy and foreign navies regularly visit London.

The Thames is the busiest inland waterway for freight in the UK. Over two million tonnes of materials are moved, keeping more than 100,000 lorries of London’s busy roads.

Over 3.5 million tourists enjoy London from the river every year.

Three quarters of a million people travel to work on the Thames annually.

The crucible of British rowing talent and home of the annual University Boat Race.

 About the PLA

The PLA runs Britain's biggest, most modern Port Control Service which oversees the safe movement of 230,000 commercial and leisure vessels within the Port of London each year.

The PLA’s 90 pilots board and guide more than 10,000 ships through the port annually.
The PLA operates river patrols between Southend and Teddington, keeping people safe 365 days a year.

Manning the PLA’s harbour launches are skippers including Bob Bradley. These launches will be part of the PLA vessel fleet marshalling the flotilla on 3 June and as vessels gather before the event and disperse afterwards.

The PLA has the most sophisticated in-house underwater survey capability of any port; mapping the depths of 400 square miles of shifting, changing riverbed.

The PLA has its own team of divers and salvage specialists whose expertise is regularly used by other ports and shipping companies.

The PLA recreates more than 1,000 ship journeys on its bridge simulator to train pilots to handle more than 70 different types of vessel. The facility is so realistic it's also used by the Royal Navy.

About Queen's Diamond Jubilee Preparations

PLA’s Michael Russell with some of the 3 miles of chain needed to lay moorings for vessels taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant
Loading the chains ready for the laying the moorings.

One of the three-tonne ‘sinkers’ that will be used to secure the moorings
Three-tonne sinker being loaded ready for laying the moorings.

One of the two barges being loaded with the equipment needed to create the moorings.
Port of London Authority (PLA) crews are laying over three miles of moorings for vessels taking part in the Thames river pageant being held on 3 June to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

The special moorings are in Barn Elms Reach, between Putney Bridge and the Harrod’s Depository near Hammersmith Bridge.
PLA and Maritime Coastguard Agency surveyors will be assessing vessels taking part in the pageant in a formal scrutineering process

PLA vessels being prepared ready for duty on Pageant day.
A PLA vessel being repaired ready for the Pageant.