River Thames passenger services (vessels and piers): security measures

Security measures and practices for passenger vessel services and piers on the River Thames.


Maritime security guidance on tidal River Thames passenger services

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This security guidance is recommended best practice for all scheduled and chartered passenger vessel services on the Thames. The guidelines have been created to strengthen security and reassure and increase passenger confidence in using river services and facilities.

This gudiance reviewed and replaced original measures created in July 2006.

Published 1 January 2012