Port of London Authority to monitor cruise emissions at Greenwich

Staff WriterCruise Ships

THE PORT of London Authority has installed pollution monitors either side of the Thames at Greenwich ahead of this year’s cruise season. Eight monitoring stations have been put up near to Greenwich Ship Tier to measure emissions from the ships while they are moored on the river. The equipment, which cost the PLA £80,000, was put in place before cruise …

Longest cruise ship ever on the Thames arrives at Tilbury

Staff WriterCruise Ships

THE LONGEST cruise ship to visit the Port of London made its maiden arrival on Thursday morning. Norwegian Pearl sailed up the river to moor at London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, at about 8am. At 294 metres in length, she is the longest cruise ship to use the facility – beating the previous record holder – Mein Schiff 3 – …

London’s cruise ship season starts with arrival of Viking Sun

Staff WriterCruise Ships

NEW 228-metre-long cruise ship Viking Sun sailed up the Thames in the early hours of Friday morning – the first cruise visitor to the capital this year. The ship, which was finishing her maiden 141 night round-the-world cruise that started in Miami last year, is the fourth in the Viking Star-class. Viking Sun, with a capacity of 930 passengers, spent …

Thames flotilla

Lord Mayor’s “No”: City of London pageant sinks Thames flotilla

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A flotilla of traditional Thames craft led by the Queen’s row barge Gloriana has been axed from this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. QRB Gloriana and the Traditional Thames Rowing Association (TTRA) have been told they will not feature in the pageant which takes places in November. The ancient tradition of carrying the new Lord Mayor of London down the river …

Super blue blood moon appears over the Thames

Staff WriterWeather

A STUNNING supermoon was seen rising over the Thames in London late yesterday afternoon. Rain and clouds which had dominated the morning sky cleared away in time to provide a clear view of the rising moon. According to NASA, it was a “super blood moon” due to the phenomenon whereby the moon appears reddish in colour and particularly large and …

Storm Eleanor forces Thames Barrier closure

Staff WriterWeather

STORM Eleanor forced the Environment Agency to raise the Thames Barrier yesterday to protect London from flooding. High tide levels combined with Eleanor’s surge meant that the iconic flood protection system was required to act – the 180th time it has done so in response to a flood threat since it became operational in 1984. The barrier in south east …

Tilbury Power Station chimneys reduced to rubble

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TWO huge chimneys at Tilbury Power Station have been brought crashing down to the ground this morning, At 8am the tallest standing concrete structures in Essex were razed to the ground in a controlled demolition at the decommissioned power station. Crowds had gathered at vantage points in Tilbury and along the riverside in Gravesend to watch the local landmarks disappear …

Waverley arrives on the Thames for 2017 season

Staff WriterNews, Passenger Vessels

POPULAR paddle steamer Waverley has arrived on the river for the start of her 2017 Thames season. This year’s programme of excursions, which coincides with the 70th anniversary year of her maiden voyage, is already sold out on many days. On sunny Friday afternoon, she steamed up the Thames, stopping at Southend, Gravesend and then making her way up to …

Brazilian sail training ship Cisne Branco arrives in London

Staff WriterNavy, News, Tall Ships

THE BRAZILIAN navy’s sail training ship Cisne Branco sailed up the River Thames yesterday afternoon for a port visit to London. The ship was dressed overall, bringing some much needed colour to the Thames on a dull day as she made her way up the river to arrive at West India Docks at about 2.30pm. Built in Amsterdam, the 74 …