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The London Port Health Authority's responsibilities

The London Port Health Authority is responsible for all port health functions on the Thames, including the ports at: London Gateway, Tilbury, Thamesport, Sheerness and the London City Airport. The district also includes, to the south, the lower reaches of the River Medway with the ports of Queenborough and Ridham Dock and to the north, parts of the River Crouch, the River Roach and its tributaries.

Functions include:

  • imported food and feed controls
  • infectious disease controls
  • food safety and hygiene including water quality
  • shellfish controls
  • vessel inspections and issue of ship sanitation documentation
  • environmental controls

The Manorway House Office adjacent to London Gateway serves all ports and the Denton office deals with shellfish control work and is the base for the launch service. The authority operates two launches, "Lady Aileen" and "Londinium III", and two Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB).

We use the services of public analysts, consultants in communicable disease control and Boarding Medical Officers. We also use the services of Public Health England.

Working with the Port of London Authority

We work closely with the Port of London Authority (PLA) which is responsible for navigational safety and related matters on the 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington in west London.