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Codes of Practice

This suite of Codes of Practice provides general guidance and advice that promotes safe marine operations on the tidal Thames.

Code of Practice for the Management and Operation of Commercial Vessels on the Thames 2013

This Code establishes a common standard for the safe operation of commercial inland waterway vessels operating on the tidal Thames.


The Embarkation and Disembarkation of Pilots - Code of Safe Practice (Revised August 2017)

The PLA have now adopted this Code, developed by the United Kingdom Marine Pilots Association (UKMPA) Technical and Training Committee, the UK Harbour Master Association (UKHMA) and the BPA/UKMPG Marine Pilotage Working Group. This replaces the PLA's Code of Practice for Embarkation & Disembarkation of Pilots in the Thames Estuary.


Code of Practice Passenger Vessel Operations on the Thames 2016

This Code provides commonly agreed safe practices for the operation and management of passenger vessels on the tidal Thames.


Code of Practice for Craft Towage Operations on the Thames 2017 (as amended)

This Code aims to provide guidance and advice on craft towage on the tidal Thames and illustrate examples of associated local good practice.  


Code of Practice for the Safe Mooring of Vessels on the Thames 2010

This Code describes established good practice for the safe and efficient mooring and unmooring of vessels on the Thames.

This code can also be viewed as an updated PowerPoint presentation (2016) by clicking here


Code of Practice for Ship Towage Operations on the Thames 2015 (as amended)

This Code describes safe working practices for ship towage operations and guidelines for the utilisation of ship towage tugs on the tidal Thames.


The Tideway Code - A Code of Practice for Rowing & Paddling on the Tidal Thames 2019

The Port of London Authority (PLA), with the assistance of British Rowing, British Canoeing and a number of Thames watersport clubs and centres, has produced a new combined Code of Practice for both Rowing and Paddling on the Tideway (the ‘Tideway Code’).

 There are also two new wall charts to accompany the Code:

Upper Area - Wall Chart

Lower Area - Wall Chart



Code of Practice for Personal Watercraft in the Thames Estuary

The Port of London Authority (PLA), in partnership with its key stakeholders, has developed a Code of Conduct for Personal Watercraft (PWC) users in the Thames Estuary. The Code has been developed to complement similar guidance developed by Kent County Council and the Kent Coastal Forum along the Kent Coast.




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