Port of London Authority
London River House
Kent DA12 2BG

Tel: 01474 562200
Fax: 01474 562281
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.
Lat: 51⁰ 30’ N; Long: 00⁰ 04’ W Southeast England
UK Ports Association:
The UK Major Ports Group
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).
Approximate Annual Tonnage:
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 Email: Tel: 01474 562200

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

Tel: 01474 562 399


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

Tel: 01474 562212
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
Principal Activities:
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.
Access and Accommodation:
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
Facilities and Services:
Moorings for leisure craft; Lay up berths; Chandlers; Yacht Marina; Bunkering; Towage; Seamen’s Mission