Port of London Authority

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Port of London Authority (PLA) is a transportation services provider. It offers shipping, driftwood, hydrography, boat lift, marine services, freight operations, and mooring maintenance solutions. The company also engages in river traffic control, security, navigational safety, and conservation services, including dredging and maintaining river banks. Port of London Authority encourages both commercial and leisure uses of the Thames and protects its environment as well.
HQGravesend, GB

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Employees (est.) (May 2022)309
Revenue (FY, 2020)£63.9 M(-5%)
Cybersecurity ratingCMore
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Key People/Management at Port of London Authority

Robin Mortimer

Robin Mortimer

Chief Executive Officer
Julie Tankard

Julie Tankard

Chief Financial Officer
Glenn Witham

Glenn Witham

Director of Human Resources
James Trimmer

James Trimmer

Director of Planning and Development
Alistair Gale

Alistair Gale

Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy
Steven Clapperton

Steven Clapperton

Director of Sustainable Marine Operations
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Port of London Authority Office Locations

Port of London Authority has offices in Gravesend and London
Gravesend, GB (HQ)
London River House, Royal Pier Road
Gravesend, GB
Marine House, Mark Ln
London, GB
Pinnacle House, 23-26 St Dunstan's Hill
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Port of London Authority Financials and Metrics

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Port of London Authority Revenue

Port of London Authority's revenue was reported to be £63.86 m in FY, 2020 which is a 5.2% decrease from the previous period.

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Port of London Authority Operating Metrics

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10 m9.9 m9.9 m2.7 m

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49.9 m53.2 m54 m47.4 m



Port of London Authority Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Company NameDateDeal Size
Estuary Services LimitedMarch 31, 2021

Port of London Authority Revenue Breakdown

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Port of London Authority revenue breakdown by business segment: 10.2% from Conservancy charges on cargo, 39.3% from Pilotage, 17.2% from Conservancy charges on vessels, 19.9% from River works licences, rents & investment income, 9.4% from Services provided and 3.9% from Other

Port of London Authority revenue breakdown by geographic segment: 100.0% from United Kingdom

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Port of London Authority News and Updates

2022 Annual Stakeholder Forum

The annual Forum will be hosted by new PLA chair, Jonson Cox CBE. It will feature updates on river use and PLA performance in 2021, drawn from the organisation’s annual report & accounts, which is expected to be released within the next two weeks, including the continued recruitment of pilots an…

Draw-off extension

We will be seeking an extension to this year’s annual draw off on the upper reaches of the tidal Thames, to allow for essential, additional maintenance to be completed at Richmond Lock & Weir. Essential repairs to the central weir’s rotating mechanism are needed and Department for Transport (DfT…

Jonson Cox appointed PLA Chairman

Jonson Cox takes up his new role from 4 April 2022, succeeding Christopher Rodrigues CBE, who has been PLA chairman since January 2016. After an early career with Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Jonson served as managing director of Yorkshire Water group and later CEO of Anglian Water Group plc. He drove t…

Historic Thames lighthouse restored in Gravesend

With a distinctive Jules Verne rocket ship design, Shornemead Lighthouse was established in 1913 by Trinity House, on a strategically important bend in the river at Gravesend Reach, opposite East Tilbury Fort, 30 miles from London Bridge. Depending on their position and direction of travel, mariners…

Energy study brings Port of London Authority one step closer to Net Zero goals

The PLA is aiming for a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025 and to achieve Net Zero by 2040. To realise these targets, the port requires an understanding of its existing electricity network and renewable generation opportunities available.

Prohibition of Russian vessels

The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2022 prohibit Russian ships, and other ships specified by the Secretary of State for Transport, from entering ports in the United Kingdom.
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Port of London Authority Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Port of London Authority founded?

    Port of London Authority was founded in 1909.

  • Who are Port of London Authority key executives?

    Port of London Authority's key executives are Robin Mortimer, Julie Tankard and Glenn Witham.

  • How many employees does Port of London Authority have?

    Port of London Authority has 309 employees.

  • What is Port of London Authority revenue?

    Latest Port of London Authority annual revenue is £63.9 m.

  • What is Port of London Authority revenue per employee?

    Latest Port of London Authority revenue per employee is £206.7 k.

  • Who are Port of London Authority competitors?

    Competitors of Port of London Authority include BD Logistics, Inchcape Shipping Services and Havenbedrijf Antwerpen.

  • Where is Port of London Authority headquarters?

    Port of London Authority headquarters is located at London River House, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend.

  • Where are Port of London Authority offices?

    Port of London Authority has offices in Gravesend and London.

  • How many offices does Port of London Authority have?

    Port of London Authority has 3 offices.