Gravesend Reach, PLA - Tidal Thames Recreational Users Guide 2011

PLA Main Port Control Centre

LEFT (south) bank, in Gravesend


PLA pier and buildings, Gravesend

Control of ship traffic on the Thames is from two Port Control centres - one at the Thames Barrier (the Thames Barrier Navigation Centre) in Woolwich, for reaches upstream of Erith, and the other at Gravesend (the main Port Control) for reaches downstream of Erith.

Both Port Control centres operate the same system for coordinating traffic within the PLA's jurisdiction of the Thames, known as Vessel Traffic Services (VTS). The system involves 16 radar stations[4] along the river and out in the estuary.

The PLA owns Denton Wharf and Jetty in Gravesend, which is the main base for the authority's vessels and where the PLA maintains its fleet of over 40 vessels. The team also provides lift-out and maintenance services for other River users.

1839: Gravesend from the Terrace Pier -

Gravesend from the Terrace Pier
Gravesend from the Terrace Pier
in TROTTER'S SELECT ILLUSTRATED TOPOGRAPHY OF THIRTY MILES AROUND LONDON (1839) .
T.C. Dibdin. J. Henshall. London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co., C. Tilt and the Proprietors, 1 Cloudesley Terrace, Islington.


Gravesend Town Pier (Ferry)

Gravesend - Tilbury Ferry

 
 
 
 
 
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