Today the Port of London Authority (PLA) gave more than 70 delegates to London International Shipping Week a unique perspective on the Port of London. On a 60 plus mile round trip on board an MBNA Thames Clipper fast ferry, they heard from representatives of Trinity House, Tideway, Thames Clippers, the Environment Agency, Tate & Lyle, Ford, Cobelfret, Navigator Terminals, Port of Tilbury and London Gateway Port about their respective development and investment plans. En route they also saw the departure of the latest Thames record setter, the 293 metre long cruise ship, Mein Schiff 3, the largest ever ship to call at London International Cruise Terminal.
Among the guests on board was Ulsan Port Authority president, JY Kang, PhD, who was presented with a Port of London plaque by chief harbour master, Bob Baker.
London is the UK’s second biggest and fastest growing port, according to the latest Department of Transport statistics; terminals along its banks collectively handled over 50 million tonnes of cargo in 2016. The 20-year ‘Thames Vision’ for the long term development of the port is for it to be the biggest it has ever been, handling up to 80 million tonnes a year.
Photo: Delegates on board the MBNA Thames Clipper hear from Ford’s Dagenham plant director, Paul Neighbour