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PLA Harbourmaster’s Recreational Navigation Group

The PLA established a working group in 2008 to discuss how they were to introduce a new Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tideway and this group successfully achieved its original purpose. The PLA and the membership found that this group had achieved a great deal in a relatively short space of time, therefore it was decided to keep the group as the “PLA Harbourmaster’s Recreational Navigation Group” (PHRNG). It currently meets twice a year (Spring/Autumn) to discuss; recreational navigation incidents, upcoming river events and discusses the impact of current/future river works.




Current Membership

Harbour Master (Upper) – Chairman

Assistant Harbour Master (Recreational) - Secretary

Deputy Harbour Master (SMS)

Thames Regional Rowing Council (TRRC) Regional Water Safety Advisor

TRRC/PLA Liaison Officer

British Canoeing

Poplar, Blackwall and District Rowing Club (PBDRC) and rep for Globe & Curlew Rowing Clubs

Royal Yachting Association (RYA London and South-East Region

Association of Thames Motor Yacht Clubs (ATYC)

Secretary of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) London Region and member of St. Pancras Cruising Club

Putney Bridge/Battersea Canoe Club or Edge/Chelsea Canoe Club representative for kayaking in the middle/upper district

Richmond Canoe Club and kayaking in the upper district

Active 360 and/or London Kayak Company (Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP)/Commercial Kayaking) Representative

Shadwell Basin Activity Centre

River Thames Society

The Barge Association

Corinthians Trust for sailing activities on the Thames

National Community Boat Association

Co-opted Members

Dragon Boat Representation

PLA Designated Person


Minutes of PHRNG Meetings

27 March 2019

31 October 2018

14 March 2018

25 October 2017

29 March 2017

5 October 2016

24 March 2016

13 October 2015


PHRNG Terms Of Reference