Thames Barrier closed for the first time this year to protect London

Staff WriterWeather

LONDON’s flood protection barriers were raised on Saturday afternoon to protect the capital from a very high tide. The Environment Agency raised the Thames Barrier for the 175th time to save London in its 32 year career. The gates started to rise at 10.30 and by noon the barrier was entirely closed. It was the first time the Barrier had …

Ship Pics: HMS Ocean (L12)

Staff WriterNavy

HMS OCEAN has been rededicated by The Queen after a £65 million refit. Her Majesty attended the service today in Plymouth today as the ship, the third to bear the name, prepares to re-enter service. In honour of the Mighty O’s rededication, here are some photographs of the 203-metre long platform helicopter assault ship when she was on the Thames in …

Song of the Whale searches the Thames for porpoises

Staff WriterNews

A SURVEY vessel was on the Thames last week counting the number of harbour porpoises there are on the river. RV SONG OF THE WHALE spent several days checking numbers of the population of the mammals in the river’s tidal stretch which has grown as the Thames has become cleaner over recent years. The research in to the Thames porpoise population was …

Mystery skeleton-like object spotted in the Thames at Gravesend

Rob PowellNews

PHOTOGRAPHS of a mysterious object on the foreshore at Gravesend caused headlines around the world this week. The strange skeleton-like object is lying below the town pier in Gravesend and from a distance has an alarming resemblance to something sinister. But upon closer inspection, the Thames “skeleton” reveals itself to just be rope and pipes creating an optical illusion when …

Magellan arrives at Tilbury ahead of official renaming

Staff WriterCruise Ships

THE NEW flagship of Cruise and Maritime Voyages arrived at Tilbury for the first time this morning. The 30 year old vessel is joining the fleet of Essex-based CMV and will be officially renamed in a ceremony on Thursday where Gloria Huniford will become the ship’s godmother. Fireworks will be set off on the river on Thursday night as part …

Thames welcomes its first Triple-E Class

Rob PowellContainer Ships

  THE largest container ship to ever sail on the Thames arrived last week. Munkebo Maersk is the first of the line’s huge Triple-E box ships to visit the Thames, arriving at London Gateway on Thursday morning and departing shortly after 3pm. The class of container ship is 400metres long with a beam of 59metres and a capacity of 18,340 …