INVESTMENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS
From the new Lower Thames Crossing to the potential for LNG bunkering, the PLA provides both expert advice and practical support.
New equipment, new vessels, new jetties…and whole new ports. Along the length of the tidal Thames, the extent of development and investment recently completed, under way or on the horizon is extraordinary. The common thread throughout is the PLA...
The Thames Vision is gathering pace across a series of strategic goals for the river.
We all have our ‘to do’ lists. Many of them probably contain a few vague or even unrealistic goals. And, sadly, many of those lists have a habit of getting longer rather than shorter.
Some ‘to do’ lists are more robust. The Thames Vision, launched by the PLA in 2016, provided a concise list of six goals. The list is of ambitious, but attainable, goals. There is a total commitment to getting things done and crossing things off the list.
The River Thames provides an uncongested, cost-effective, efficient highway for freight and passengers – and the message is finally getting through
A barge heading out of London loaded with tunnelling spoil from the Thames Tideway Tunnel might not look that exciting to the casual observer. But just one barge eliminates at least 50 lorry journeys from London’s roads and offers a congestion-free, sustainable route right through the middle of the capital.
THAMES SKILLS ACADEMY
Across a number of platforms, there is a renewed focus on ensuring we have the skills and training needed for a thriving Port of London.
The TSA has brought together marine employers on the River Thames, to Who will be the boat masters, barge crews, VTS operators, pilots, hydro-graphers, crane drivers, marine engineers or logistics specialists of tomorrow – and where will they come from?
Peter Rabbit, floating football or the delivery of several giant tunnel boring machines? Just a few elements in the balancing act that must be achieved in the ‘middle’ district of the tidal Thames.
The past year has seen a stuntman jumping out of a six-storey building for the Jack Ryan series and ﬁlming for the newest Peter Rabbit and Mission Impossible films. An entire football tournament took place on a 400-seater ﬂoating stadium in August 2018, and plans are advanced for the Illuminated River project which will light up bridges in a unique piece of public art.
Cruise operations in Central London and at the Port of Tilbury are now organised under one umbrella, offering unrivalled choice and expertise.
Cruise passengers: the numbers just keep on rising. In its ‘2019 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook’, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) forecast that 30 million people would take a cruise holiday this year, an increase of 6% on the 28.2 million of 2018.
The PLA’s highly skilled pilots and VTS teams ensure the safe and efﬁcient movement of ships throughout the port.
Safety, security, efﬁciency, access, new technology, cost-effectiveness: all of these underpin a successful port. The PLA is driving forward on all counts, recognising that such aims must always be a ‘work in progress’ and that an ever-busier river brings its own challenges.
Two years after introducing the UK’s first ‘Green Tariff’ for cleaner shipping, the PLA is leading the way on air quality issues.
Let’s start with a few ‘green’ bullet points for the Port of London Authority...
The ﬁrst port in the UK to offer a discount for vessels with lower emissions.
The ﬁrst port authority in the UK to deliver an Air Quality Strategy.
No more single-use plastics across the PLA’s ofﬁces, workplaces and vessels. From its highly praised Green Tariff for cleaner shipping to its ground-breaking Air Quality Strategy, the PLA continues to lead the way in terms of commitment to protecting the environment
Connecting, diving, tracking, reporting – you may see none of them, but the PLA’s marine operations are the bedrock of the port’s success.
It’s easy to take things we don’t notice for granted – and the ‘invisible’ services provided by the PLA behind the scenes might fall into that category.
Producing digital charts for the UK Hydrographic Ofﬁce and delivering practical sessions and lectures to MSc students – the PLA’s hydrographic team is way ahead of the ﬁeld.
Ever tried producing an accurate and precise picture of something you can’t actually see? It’s not impossible, but it does require skill, patience, the latest technology and a meticulous attention to detail. Who has all of those? It’s time to introduce PLA’s hydrographic team!
HYDROGRAPHIC - COMMERCIAL
The PLA’s hydrographic team draws on a wide range of survey technologies to deliver detailed surveys and reports for commercial clients.
Roughly 50% of the hydrographic team’s work is focused on maritime safety. But their talents are also in demand from the commercial sector.
Over the past few years, the team has taken on a whole range of projects for terminal and jetty operators and many others, covering geophysical, geotechnical, asset management and high-resolution multibeam echo sounder (MBES) surveying. The work has ranged from an intake study for a nuclear power station to a bathymetric survey for a cargo jetty carried out by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/ drone).
PORT OF TILBURY
The Port of Tilbury’s expansion will provide vital extra resilience to the UK’s port infrastructure
Bigger, bolder, even broader in scope: it might be hard to see how Tilbury, already recognised as one of the UK’s most multipurpose, ﬂexible and successful ports can improve on itself.
DP WORLD LONDON GATEWAY
From a standing start in 2013, DP World London Gateway has achieved remarkable growth and become established as the most globally connected port in the UK.
Twenty-two services a week (and counting); 63 countries served; connections to 115 ports all over the world; 45 rail services a week; 2,000 trucks a day through the port gates. DP World London Gateway has seen exponential growth in the past year, and every indication is that there is far, far more to come.