The Port of London Authority works to ensure navigational safety along the tidal Thames, sharing its marine, environmental, planning and other expertise to promote use of the river and safeguard its unique marine environment. The Thames is home to the UK’s second biggest port, busiest inland waterway for freight and passengers, and a centre for sporting events.
New film: This is the PLA
Tall ships return to the Thames en-masse for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta between 5 to 9 September. This will be the largest Tall Ships event on the Thames in 25 years.
Rowers on the Thames tideway are being urged to keep a look out at all times in a new poster campaign from the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Thames Regional Rowing Council (TRRC). See the Lookout posters here.
On 12 July, after a 40,000 mile global ocean odyssey the yachts in the Clipper Race fleet returned to where the adventure began last September: Tower Bridge, London. This photo gallery records their trip up river, shepherded on its final few miles into central London by a PLA launch on local traffic control duties.
Visit our dedicated recreational users' website, Boating on the Thames. The site provides guidance and advice to assist you in navigating the tidal Thames for the first time, or even if you're a regular visitor.
PLA Films on YouTube
Our YouTube channel has more than 20 films about the Thames and our work on it. Why not have a look at the channel or watch our latest film all about the PLA.
Ebb Tide Flag Warning
Average Fluvial Flows