Upcoming Events

Plastic Ocean Festival

Sink or swim? A global issue at home in London  www.plasticoceanfestival.com Plastic pollution in the oceans is a growing, global problem but it can also be found right here at home in London in our own waterways. The Plastic Ocean Festival aims to promote public awareness and to understand the damaging effects of plastic pollution… Continue Reading

Going Dutch

Peter Yates   So – quiz question for you: when was the last time this country was successfully invaded? Don’t know? Answer: 1667. By whom? The Dutch.     Fully armed warships from Holland sailed up the Thames, into the Medway, and along to Chatham dockyard where they set fire to and sank several mothballed… Continue Reading

Wind Power

Peter Yates     There aren’t many more exhilarating sights than a Tall Ship, fully rigged, sailing majestically down the Thames. So what about 35 of them creating a striking and stately flotilla?   Yes, the Tall Ships Race is back and the precursor, at the Greenwich Yacht Club, is the Tall Ships Regatta when… Continue Reading

MMO and PLA pledge to work together on development consents

The two organisations which oversee development consents along the River Thames have reached an agreement to streamline development consents. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Port of London Authority (PLA) agreed to the Thames Concordat, a set of principles to be followed in cases where both have a regulatory remit. The concordat aims to limit duplication… Continue Reading

Life Afloat: an exhibition exploring houseboat living on the tidal Thames

  Thames Festival Trust has announce a new exhibition, called Life Afloat, tracking the evolution of houseboat life on one of the world’s most vibrant rivers. This will be a highlight of the 150 unmissable Totally Thames events this September. More than 15,000 people live afloat in the UK today, with over 1,000 people living in floating residences on the… Continue Reading

Treasures of the Thames

The National Maritime Museum is inviting the public to sample the Treasures of the Thames as part of the Totally Thames Festival. If London ever gained independence from the United Kingdom and became its own city state, what better on our flag than the Thames? It has brought people from across the world to the capital; creating… Continue Reading

Call for issues and evidence on the south east marine plan area

The Marine Management Organisation has ‘Called for Issues with Supporting Evidence’ for the south east marine plan area which includes the tidal Thames. The call is the start of a conversation with stakeholders about what the opportunities, challenges and needs are for the marine plan areas during the next 20 years. It also is looking to gather evidence… Continue Reading

Youngsters can sign up for a day of ocean awareness – free!

Youngsters between 10 and 18 are invited to a day of awareness of a plastic-free ocean at the Tower of London on Sunday September 18. Participants have an hour of clearing plastic bottles from the banks of the Thames which starts at 9 am. Then they go across Tower Bridge to the south bank where they… Continue Reading

Re-invigorating the red ensign

Following the delivery of the Maritime Growth Study and the government’s pledge to bolster the UK Ship Register, the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group will hear from Sir Alan Massey and the new director of the UK Ship Register, Simon Barham, about the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s efforts to reinvigorate the red ensign.  The session will take place on Tuesday July 19,… Continue Reading

Building Prosperous Cities Conference

Building Prosperous Cities Conference – The role of natural capital and green infrastructure Venue: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. September 27 2016 ● 9.30am to 5pm Prosperous cities aren’t just about economic activity, they also provide access to greenspace, facilitate healthy lifestyles and help us adapt to climate change. Building Prosperous Cities… Continue Reading