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This new (June 2012) edition of the Mariners' Guide to Bridges on the Tidal Thames provides an overview of navigating London's bridges, and highlights the safety issues associated with this challenging environment. The book covers every bridge in detail, each presented on a double page; illustrating the bridg


The Marine Services team provides and maintains more than 60 permanent aids to navigation, including 38 floating buoys, 18 fixed buoys and central London bridge lights. The team is also responsible for installing and maintaining a


The PLA employs eight commercially qualified divers who are in demand for many different tasks, including - clearing fouled propellers maintaining tide gauges inspecting lock gates, sluices and flood barriers carrying out damage inspections of vessels searching for lost propellers helping

Various tiers are provided for vessels using the tidal Thames, including moorings for pleasure craft use. There is also availability for non-residential midstream moorings. Charges are per calendar month and are subject to VAT. Moorings are also installed, maintained or repaired on behalf of various berth operators. For more informatio

Lifting and other services are available: Boat Lift A 70-tonne boat lift is a


Consideration of maintenance dredging activities, both past and present, is an important part of the establishment of the baseline. Click on the boxes below to access information about historic dredging, current operations, and details of other dredging activities for the PLA's Thames. area alt="Historic Dredging" coords="64,92,264,129" href=/Envir

Maintenance dredging within the tidal Thames encompasses a wide range of topics. Click on the links within the text below to find out more information on each of these subjects. Maintenance dredging is the periodic removal of shoals or sediments from existing navigational channels, berths, swinging moorings etc in order to maintain an appropriate safe depth of water for navigation, construction or operational purposes. T