Sunday, 26 May 2013

Attractions in London -The Port of London

The Port of London lies along the banks of the River Thames in London, England; to the North Sea. Once the largest port in the world, it is currently the United Kingdom’s second largest port, after Grimsby & Immingham. The port is governed by the Port of London Authority (PLA), a public trust established in 1908, whose responsibility extends over the Tideway of the River Thames.
The port can handle cruise liners, ro-ro ferries and cargo of all types, including containers, timber, paper, vehicles, aggregates, crude oil, petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gas, coal, metals, grain and other dry and liquid bulk materials. In 2008, the Port of London handled 53.0 million tons of trade (up from 52.7 million tons in 2007), including 2,007,000 TEUs and 20.5 million tons of oil and related products.
The port is not located in one area, as it stretches along the tidal Thames, including central London, with many individual wharfs, docks, terminals and facilities built incrementally over the centuries.
The Port of London today comprises over 70 independently owned terminals and port facilities, directly employing over 30,000 people.
In 2007, London was the second largest port in the United Kingdom by tonnage handled (52.7 million), after Grimsby & Immingham (66.3 million). The Port of London however handles the most non-fuel cargo of any port in the UK (at 32.2 million tonnes in 2007). With around 12,500 commercial shipping movements annually, the Port of London handles around 10% of the UK’s commercial shipping trade, and contributes 8.5 billion pounds to the UK’s economy.
In addition to cargo, 37 cruise ships visited the Port in 2008.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the use of the River Thames for moving cargo between terminals within the Port of London.

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