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The new byelaw, which came into force on 1st July 2012, does not ban swimming in the Thames; it controls swimming in the busiest part of the Thames between Putney Bridge and Crossness (just below the Thames Barrier) by making it necessary to get the prior consent from the harbour master. This is a dangerous stretch of the River, with strong tides and eddies that can drag a person underwater without warning. It is also the busiest inland waterway in the UK. The b

Current List As at 5 December 2014 For more information on any of the river works licence applications listed please contact the Deputy Licensing Officer on 01474 562 354 or via this Enquiry Form. .tg {border-collapse:collapse;border-spacing:0;border-color:#999;} .tg td{font

Waste Reception Legislation All vessels, however small, generate waste of some description. The waste may be oil, noxious, cargo residues, kitchen waste, sewage or garbage. The Marpol 73/78 Convention aimed at preventing all types of pollution entering the rivers and seas, governs the safe and responsible disposal of this waste. The Merchant Shipping (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations requires all ports, terminal and marinas throughout the UK to pro

In readiness for any pollution incident, the PLA-managed Thames Oil Spill Clearance Association (TOSCA) provides a 24-hour response to oil spills between Tower Bridge and Canvey Island. Funded in part by the terminals that handle oil and oil products, the service has two purpose-built craft, each designed to collect and/or contain oil in the first critical hours after a spillage. TOSCA Background img alt="Boats on the ri

The Thames Marine Mammal Sightings Survey poster is available for download as a PDF document (628kb opens in new window). Acrobat Reader software is required to view PDF files. You can download it for free at a target="_blank" href="/track.cfm?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eadobe%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Facrobat%2F

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Follow the links below to download information or access external websites (open in a new window) PLA Vessel Licensing Byelaws PLA Code of Practice for the Management and Operation of Commercial Vessels on the Thames 2013 Ship Towage Tug Inspections a href=

Coaching Launches - Wash Testing Wash, and the effects of wash, can be a major danger on the tidal Thames, especially in the main rowing and leisure section above Wandsworth Bridge. This area is subject to a strict eight-knot speed limit, which applies to all powered craft. However, under the Port of London Th

PLA Vessel Licensing Team information Marine Surveyor: Tel. +44(0)1474 562503 Deputy Marine Surveyor: Tel. +44(0)1474 562365 Address: Port of London Authority London River House Royal Pier Road Gravesend Kent DA12 2BG