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Port of London Trade Jumps More Than 10% to 50 Million Tonnes

Trade in the Port of London in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008.

The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames. The volumes of oil, containers and building materials all rose markedly. Prior to 2016, port throughput had been increasing at between two to three percent, year-on-year.

PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer said:

“Our long term Vision is for 60 to 80 million tonnes of cargo to be traded every year through the Port of London – more than at any time in the Thames’ history. Passing 50 million tonnes in 2016 is a major milestone towards this goal.”

The tonnage of cargo handled at terminals on the Thames last year was 50.4 million tonnes, five million tonnes (or 11%) up on 2015. Growth was principally in oil trades which rose by 22% from 10.9 million tonnes in 2015 to 13.3 million tonnes in 2016. Containers and trailers (unitised traffic) was up 7% to 18 million tonnes; aggregates and cement increased again from 10.7 million tonnes (16%) up to 12.4 million tonnes. Cereal volumes also increased by 15% to one million tonnes.

2016 saw the first cargoes delivered to the Thames Oil Port, the former Coryton oil refinery site now redeveloped as a fuel terminal. At the Port of Tilbury, a new chilled store for NFT was opened and the acquisition of land for port expansion was completed. DP World London Gateway handled increasing numbers of ultra large container ships – operating between Asia and Europe – benefiting from its operational resilience in bad weather, as well as securing additional central and south American and Oceania services; testing of facilities on Berth Three at the deep-sea port also started at the end of 2016.

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Five new board members for the Thames Skills Academy

The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) has appointed five employer representatives to its board.

Kyle Haughton – City Cruises managing director, Sean Collins – managing director MBNA Thames Clippers, Chris Livett – Livett’s Group managing director, Andy Pike – Cory Environmental director of riverside resource recovery and Scott Neicho – Capital Pleasure Boats co-founder, have been appointed for their significant experience to represent fellow employee members across the passenger and freight industries operating on the river.

The TSA was launched this past summer as an employer-led organisation, to facilitate and broker marine and ports operations training, including marine apprenticeships, and to help create a coherent career path for people starting their working life on the Thames.

Richard Everitt, TSA chairman, said:

“One of the basic principles of the TSA is that it is employer led, so that the companies working on the river are able to drive the training their employees need for their business to succeed. We welcome our five new employee members to the board and look forward to them being involved in the TSA at the strategic level.”

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Success of London has planning and regeneration professionals looking to the Thames

Members of Future of London, the capital’s leading regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development network, took to the Thames recently to discuss how the river can add the greatest value for communities. (more…)

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East London wharf set for return to cargo handling

A strategically important protected wharf in East London is set to return to operation after its acquisition by the Port of London Authority (PLA). (more…)

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Two New Non-Executive Directors Join Port of London Authority Board

The Port of London Authority (PLA) announces two new non-executive directors have been appointed to the PLA board: Judith Armitt has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport (in accordance with the Port of London Act); and Darren James has been appointed by the PLA Board. (more…)

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Cleaner Thames partners take on Thames clean up at Woolwich Arsenal

The Cleaner Thames campaign partners – Port of London Authority, Thames21 and Tideway – took to the Woolwich Arsenal foreshore to clear it of nearly two tonnes of rubbish and litter that has ended up in the river. (more…)

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National Maritime | E-news bulletin – September 2016

Big Data possibilities in Maritime

Data management is poised to transform the maritime industry. By collecting and analysing data in real time, maritime organisations can generate insights that significantly improve operations and address key challenges they face.

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Thames ship discount for environmental high performers

Port of London Authority creates low emission discount

The Port of London is set to become the first UK port to recognise ship owners committed to progressively improving their environmental performance, as part of a wider approach to reduce the port’s environmental impact. (more…)

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Thames concordat: a way forward for River Thames regulation

A streamlined approach to regulating development in the River Thames has been agreed by the MMO and Port of London Authority.

The ‘Thames Concordat’ is a new set of principles both organisations will follow in cases where both the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Port of London Authority (PLA) have a regulatory remit. It aims to limit duplication for businesses seeking to carry out development in the Thames. (more…)

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Seafarers past and present to be commemorated on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September

Local councils throughout the UK have been invited to support a campaign to raise awareness of ‘island nation’ Britain’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers. (more…)

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