The Port of London joins the AIVP network! It will bring its experience as a leading autonomous port in the field of sustainable development. We return to this membership in this interview.

The Thames is the largest open space running through the heart of London and a key transport artery, with passenger connections and access to major trade and freight terminals in Kent and Essex. The Port of London Authority keeps navigational channels open across the tidal Thames, running 95 miles from west London to the sea, and as a Trust Port we aim to make the most of the river and improve it for future generations. We work with stakeholders to increase the use of the Thames in a safe and sustainable way across our shared Thames Vision goals for Trade, Freight, Passenger Transport, Sport, Culture and Environmental sustainability.

Why did you decide to join AIVP?

During 2021 we will develop a new vision for the Thames, to be shaped by strategic partners and river users. This ambition will support the net zero transition and respond to challenges as well as harness opportunities arising from global, social and economic changes. We are keen to learn from our international counterparts as part of this process.

What are your expectations of membership?

We wish to gain an insight into the forefront of thinking and experience in sustainable development in a port environment through international collaboration. We hope AIVP will facilitate shared research and understanding and also, potentially, support practical partnerships to develop.

What can you offer AIVP?

At Port of London Authority, we are working to ensure the Thames plays a central role in improving quality of life – as a place for recreation, a source of employment and by supporting the better functioning of the region through innovation in transport and logistics for a less congested and cleaner future. We offer experience as a leading Trust port in the field of sustainable development and, as an outward looking organisation, will work in partnership with AIVP and members to develop our shared expertise.