Port of London - Featured Port

There has never been a better time to look to the Port of London as the location of choice for your logistics hub in the UK. It is on the doorstep of the UK’s biggest consumer market. It has the best road, rail and sea links to reach the rest of the country too.

As a port, and as an organisation, they are all about growth. Their latest economic survey shows there are plans for over £1 billion to be invested in Thames facilities over the next five years.

Looking further ahead, their 20-year Thames Vision project shows the tonnage of cargo handled in the port has the potential to reach an all time high of 60-80 million tonnes.


Westminster Boskalis


Port of London Authority

UK Ports Association

The UK Major Ports Group




London River House
Kent DA12 2BG

Tel: 01474 562200
Fax: 01474 562281


The London Pilotage District extends from the Outer estuary to Putney.

The PLA’s current Pilotage Directions introduced, amongst other things, vessel draught as a criterion for compulsory pilotage. Consequently, it requires compulsory pilotage for all vessels of over 50 metres in length when navigating to the westward of Margaretness, for all vessels over 80 metres in length and 5.0 metres draught which are navigating between the Outer Limits of the Pilotage District and Sea Reach No. 1 Bouy. There are exceptions to the above and Pilotage Directions should be consulted for details.

The Port Authority’s Port Control Centre operates a Vessel Traffic Service covering the River Thames from the operation rooms at Gravesend and Woolwich. The Port Control Centre (call sign: ‘Port Control London’) is situated at Gravesend and is responsible for the area Clayfordness to the Seaward Limit of the port. The centre operates on VHF Channels 20, 18, 16,14, 12 and 68, (the latter two being the station’s primary working frequencies). The Thames Barrier Navigation Centre (call sign: ‘Woolwich Radio’) is situated at Woolwich adjacent to the Thames Flood Barrier and is responsible for regulating traffic through the Barrier and the area from Teddington to Crayfordness. The centre operates on VHF Channels 22, 16 and 14 (the latter being the station’s primary working frequency).

Approx annual tonnage


Principal traffic

Containers (lo/lo);
Unit loads (ro/ro);
Vehicles/wheeled cargoes;
Dry bulks;
Refrigerated products;
Hazardous cargoes;
Forest products;
Other liquid bulk;
General cargo;
Project cargo (heavy lift), Steel coils, Forest products.


Enclosed Docks (Port of Tilbury)
Max depth: 11.4m
Max size of vessel accepted:
Beam: 32.3m; LOA: 262.1m; Draft: 11.4m
No of berths: 30
Berths total length: 4000m
River/Tidal Berths
Max depth: Varying individual terminals
Max size of vessel accepted: Varying to Individual terminals
No of berths: Over 60 riverside terminals


Lat: 51⁰ 30’ N; Long: 00⁰ 04’ W Southeast England

Port contacts

Chief Executive: Robin Mortimer
Director of Corporate Affairs: Alistair Gale
Chief Harbour Master: Bob Baker
Normal hours: 0800 – 1800 office
Port: 24hrs working

Harbour Master (Lower) – Cathryn Spain Email: Tel: 01474 562299

Harbour Master (Upper) – Mark Towens Tel: 020 7743 7909

23 – 26, St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 8HN
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7743 7912

Harbour Master (SMS & VTS) – Simon Phillips

Port Control Centre – for matters to the east of Crayfordness

Tel: 01474 560311

Thames Barrier Navigation Centre – for matters to the west of Crayfordness Tel: 0203 2607711

For routine Emergency Planning and Resilience issues, please contact the PLA.

Tel: 01474 562212



Transport connections

M25, M11, M2 motorways
A2, A12, A13, A406 dual carriageways
Rail-connected/rail freight terminal

Nearest int’l airport:
London Gatwick;
London City;
London Stansted;
London Heathrow.

Commercial cargo handling facilities

For all full listing of all the terminal facilities please visit

All cargo handling facilities within the port are privately owned and operated and include the following facilities:

DP World London Gateway, Cringle Dock, Granite Wharf, Victoria Deep Water Terminal, Delta Wharf, Brunswick Wharf, Angerstein Wharf, Murphy’s Wharf, Riverside Wharf, Thames Wharf, Manhattan Wharf, Venesta Wharf, Thames Refinery, Welbeck Wharf, Pinns Wharf, Kierbeck Wharf, Steel Wharf, Rippleway Wharf, Docklands Wharf, Victoria Wharf, TDG Plc, No 1 Western Extension, East Jetty, Hanson Aggregates – South, Ford Motor Company, Mulberry Wharf, Pioneer Wharf, Mayer Parry Recycling, Esso Petroleum Company, Purfleet Thames Terminal, Van Den Bergh Jetty, Purfleet Aggregates, Thurrock Marine Terminal, Vopak London Terminal, Thames Europort, Johnson’s Wharf, West Thurrock Jetty, Gibbs Wharf, Grays Terminal, Northfleet Wharf, Britannia Terminal, Tower Wharf, Robin’s Wharf, Bevans Wharf, Northfleet Terminal, Imperial Wharf, Denton Wharf, Clubb’s Marine Terminal, Alpha Jetty, Coryton, Oikos Storage, National Gas Terminal, Northfleet Hope Terminal, Port of Tilbury (which includes Facilities operated by Port of Tilbury London Ltd, AgriPrem (UK) Ltd, Mayer Parry Recycling Ltd Interforest Terminal London Ltd, Stema Shipping (UK) Ltd, Norske Skog (UK) Ltd, Westerlund UK Ltd, TDG Novacold

Facilities & services

Moorings for leisure craft; Lay up berths; Chandlers; Yacht Marina; Bunkering; Towage; Seamen’s Mission

Port Handbook

Compass Publications produce the Port of London Handbook and the companion website.

You can visit the companion website here:

Please click here if you wish to make Amendments or Additions for this Port


MAP VESSEL KEY Click here to view the map vessel key

Shipping Map Key

PLEASE NOTE: Vessel positions may be up to one hour old or incomplete.
Data is provided for informational reasons only and is not related by any means to the safety of navigation.

TIDE TIMES AND HEIGHT Click here to view the tide times and heights for today

Tide Times & Heights for London Bridge (Tower Pier) on 15th August 2020
04:54 - Low Tide ( 1.69m )
11:27 - High Tide ( 5.75m )
17:51 - Low Tide ( 1.51m )
23:59 - High Tide ( 6.06m )

CURRENT WEATHER Click here to view a 5 day weather forecast for the port

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