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Byelaws, Rules and Regulations Governing Navigation

Rules, regulations and guidance for navigation in the Port of London

Thames Byelaws 2012

These byelaws came into effect on 1 July 2012.  Hard copies are now available to purchase.

For River Byelaw 9 - Drink or Drugs which remains in force following the introduction of Thames Byelaws 2012 on 1 July 2012 click here.

For associated guidance on some of these Byelaws click here


General Directions for Navigation in the Port of London 2011 (as amended)

Rules and regulations covering navigation on the tidal River Thames


Pilotage Directions 2013

Rules and regulations concerning compulsory pilotage for certain vessels navigating the tidal River Thames.


Dangerous Substances in Bulk Byelaws 1991 (as amended)

Rules and regulations covering the transport of dangerous substances in the tidal River Thames.


Port of London Vessel Licensing Byelaws 2014Vessel Licensing Byelaws 2014

Rules and regulations covering the licensing of certain classes of commercial vessels on the tidal River Thames.


Schedule to the General Directions for Navigation in the Port of London

No longer available in print

Information about the use and administration of Local Navigation Certificates


Notices to Mariners

Essential, up-to-date information and advice to those navigating in the port.

Notices to Agents, Berths and Ship Operators

Dedicated Notices containing pertinent information of specific interest to Agents, Berth and Ship Operators


For general enquiries about Notices, Regulations and Navigational information, please use this Enquiry Form.