Regulations and Guidance
Rules, guidelines and best practice for navigation on the tidal River Thames.
Notices and Bulletins
Essential, up to date information and advice to those supporting navigation and commercial shipping in the Port of London.
Codes of Practice
These codes provide general guidance and advice for safe marine operations and recreation on the tidal River Thames.
The Code of Practice for the Management and Operation of Commercial Vessels on the Thames establishes a common standard for the safe operation of commercial inland waterway vessels.
The Embarkation and Disembarkation of Pilots - Code of Safe Practice (Revised August 2021) is an industry standard code for the safe boarding and deboarding of marine pilots.
Code of Practice Passenger Vessel Operations on the Thames 2016 provides commonly agreed safe practices for the operation and management of passenger vessels on the tidal Thames.
Code of Practice for the Safe Mooring of Vessels on the Thames 2010 describes established good practice for the safe and efficient mooring and unmooring of vessels on the Thames.
Amended April 2022
Code of Practice for Ship Towage Operations on the Thames describes safe working practices for ship towage operations and guidelines for the utilisation of ship towage tugs.
River User Guidance
These guidance documents from the Port of London Authority promote safe working and recreation practices on the tidal Thames
The Mariners' Guide to Bridges on the Tidal Thames is available for purchase, the book provides an overview of navigating London's bridges, and highlights the safety issues associated with this challenging environment.
Guidance to Berth Operators on the Thames 2012 (as amended) highlights the obligations placed upon berth operators by national legislation, the Port Marine Safety Code and Codes of Practice.