THAMES VISION: A WHOLE NEW VIEW OF A MIGHTY RIVER
In July 2016, the Thames Vision was officially launched.This represented a turning point for the Port of London Authority, London, the Thames and everyone with a link, present or future, to the river.
Developed by the PLA after 18 months of research and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, this is a Vision for the development of the Thames, in all its guises, over the next two decades.
Freight by water... the message of Peruvian Wharf
The announcement that Peruvian Wharf in Newham has been acquired by the PLA and is set to return to operational use sends out a powerful message: the PLA is determined to protect and reactivate London’s ‘safeguarded’ wharves and it is prepared to fight long and hard to ensure that these wharves can play their part in getting freight off the roads and on to the water.
THAMES SKILLS ACADEMY
Training and development on the UK’s busiest waterway
How best to sum up the Thames Skills Academy? “It is by employers, for employers, really identifying employers’ training needs in the marine sector in the port and delivering that training for them,” says Julian Parkes. “The Thames Skills Academy is focusing on what employers on the river actually need, not what anyone else thinks they need.”
The Thames in London: meeting the challenges
Hosting the naming of the cruise ship Viking Sea; coordinating filming for Absolutely Fabulous; overseeing the University Boat Race; encouraging safe recreation on the river; preparing for the Tall Ships in 2017.
CHIEF HARBOUR MASTER
A challenge to ‘authority’
‘Authority’ – it’s a word that might not always conjure up the positive, and a word that can seem downright intimidating. Yes, the PLA is a statutory authority, with responsibility for 95 miles of the tidal Thames. The PLA has a duty to ensure safe and efficient navigation and consider the needs of all stakeholders, and that necessarily means there must be rules and regulations.
PORT OF TILBURY
Port of Tilbury: making an impact
Let us set the scene: the Port of Tilbury is already recognised as a leading distribution hub for both London and the South East. It already holds the number one position on some very key commodities, including grain, foodstuffs, construction materials, paper, forest products and waste/recyclables.
DP WORLD LONDON GATEWAY
Connections, construction, certification and community
DP World London Gateway Port opened an eventful 2016 by welcoming one of the world’s largest container ships – UASC’s 400-metre-long Al Muraykh, loaded with a world record 18,601 teu.
London moves ahead with Green Tariff
How ‘green’ can a port be? Always greener is the answer.
The PLA already leads the field in its proactive commitment to the environment but, at the same, it recognises that there is always room for improvement.
Now you see it, now you don’t
Imagine a group of visitors taking time to watch port operations on the Thames. What would they see? Ships, boats, quays, cranes, bridges – in short, all the things that can be seen above the water.
Engineering a success
A reorganisation in the past year has brought all of the PLA’s engineering functions under one umbrella – and this change has certainly underlined the breadth and depth of the expertise and services involved.