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In January 2007, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the Government, introduced a new national licence for the skippers of commercial vessels on inland waterways. The requirements of the regulations apply on the tidal Thames (Category C and D waters) where the new National Boatmasters Licence replaces a local, Thames-specific (watermen and lightermen) licensing scheme. The tidal Thames is safe and getting safer following a range of improvements introduced

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Christopher Rodrigues CBE Christopher Rodrigues was appointed chairman of the PLA with effect from 1 January 2016. Christopher has strong Thames links. He was a member of two winning Cambridge Boat Race Crews and subsequently chairman of the Leander Club; he is a craft owning freeman of the Waterman’s Company. Following a care

Thames Bridge Clearances Individual Arch Clearance Heights in metres above MHWS Main Navigational Arch Clearance Heights in metres above

Doggett's competitor readies his boat for the 2012 race (click on image to enlarge) This annual race for newly qualified Thames Watermen and Lighterm

To find out more about what to do in London visit: London Tourist Board River Thames Guide All external websites open in a new window.