Going near the Thames this Christmas? You’ll need to read this

PUBLISHED: 12:32 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:32 28 November 2016

View from the back of the Woolwich ferry as it is mid stream on the river Thames and shows both banks and some barges parked in the middle.

View from the back of the Woolwich ferry as it is mid stream on the river Thames and shows both banks and some barges parked in the middle.


The PLA has released an ‘essential guide’ for anyone going afloat

Thames safety experts have released an essential guide to using the river safely this Christmas.

Thousands of recreational river users take to the tidal waters each year, and the Port of London Authority has issued a handy, easy-to-read guide for anyone stepping into the river.

Phone numbers, maps, ebb tide flag warning advice and web links all feature on the free guide.

“Our launch crews often see people coming down to the river on Chirstmas Day trying out their presents, so it’s really important they read up on how to stay safe before getting afloat” said assistant harbour master Darren Knight.

“We are very keen with this edition to make it more readable and to get it out well before Christmas as it will make essential reading for some in the run up to the fesive season.”

The guide comes complete with the well established practical guidance, marine/leisure activity areas, danger zones, Vessel Traffic Services information and port VHF channels. There’s also a summary of local port rules and regulations too.

Free copies of the new recreational guide are available from the PLA’s Gravesend office by calling 01474 562269 or emailing: You can download copies from

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