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Managing safety

Managing Safety


We look after safety of navigation over 95 miles of tidal river. Over those 95 miles the use of the river changes from rowing and other leisure activities in the west around Putney to commercial deepsea trade around Tilbury. It’s a great place for sport, commerce and travel, but throughout its length there are hazards for river users - fast flowing currents, bridges, numerous vessels carrying people or goods and a tidal range of seven metres. Our navigational Safety Management System (SMS) is the main tool we use to manage navigation and to identify the risks on the river, the steps needed to eliminate or keep them to a minimum and ensure that the risks are regularly reviewed. And with a river as diverse as the tidal Thames it's essential in helping us keep people on the river safe. Please see the Safety Management System Manual for more details.
Click on the link below to see Navigational Warnings currently in force
Navigational Advisory Panels consist of practising mariners with knowledge and experience relevant to the hazard, risk control measure or new circumstance which such a panel is convened to consider.
Incident investigations, reports and data
Overview of reported Incidents in the Port of London, from Teddington to the outer port limits, from January 2005 to date.
There are River User Consultative Forums (RUCFs) - for the Upper and Lower areas.
The Port of London Authority (PLA), as a Statutory Harbour Authority, has a primary responsibility to facilitate the safety of navigation and associated marine operations on the tidal Thames.
Safety Bulletins issued by the PLA for the information of the Thames community
Navigational Regulations, Codes of Practice and Guidance Documents
We keep and maintain detailed plans for all potential emergency incidents on the tidat Thames