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19.05.2005

Port of London set for future growth

A series of initiatives and investments has been reported by the Port of London Authority (PLA) as it gears up for further growth in cargo, passenger, and leisure activity on the Thames. These projects are reported in the latest ‘Annual Review’ published by the PLA.

Highlights include:

  • total cargo handled at Port of London terminals increased to 53.3 million tonnes (up 4.5%)
  • new floating passenger terminal for cruise ships visiting London
  • major upgrade of London’s Port Control Centre
  • new pier and facilities for PLA launches at Royal Terrace Pier, Gravesend
  • existing cargo wharves in London ‘safeguarded’ for future port use
  • steps underway for three unused wharves on the Thames in Central London to be brought back into working use

Port of London Authority chief executive Richard Everitt said:

“The Thames is a key part of the London and the south east economies. The River is vital for trade and logistics, and also for the leisure and tourism sectors. This review of our activities highlights the steps we are taking to ensure a safe, successful and sustainable river into the future.”  

‘PLA Annual Review’ - available from: Martin Garside, Port of London Authority, Bakers Hall, 7 Harp Lane, EC3R 6LB (Tel: 020 7743 7915; Fax: 020 7743 7998).

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Port of London Authority is the port authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for ships using the Port of London.
  2. The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes.
  3. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year.
  4. Photos of marine activity in the Port of London area are available on request.