A quarter of all reported navigational incidents in 2022 at the PLA were related to wash complaints, which are increasing year on year. So far this year, the PLA has received 47 wash complaints.
As well as causing a risk to the safety of navigation, and to the safety of other river users, such as the houseboat community, wash or draw off can have a detrimental impact on the environment and wildlife, through noise and disruption.
The purpose of this campaign was to promote safe vessel access on the Thames through carrying out inspections of vessel access arrangements, with a focus on education and rectification when a non-compliance was identified.
Reports are essential as an early warning of existing and potential danger, allowing measures to be taken to reduce the possibility of serious navigational incidents.
Cathryn Spain, our senior harbour master, said: “Near miss reporting plays a valuable part in continuous safety improvement, so I would urge all river users to report any navigational near miss, however small or insignificant it may seem.”