I n c o n s i d e r a t e   W a s h

OPLAC have set up a new group called iWash (inconsiderate Wash) to lobby against excessive waves from the clippers and other vessels

Please email wash@oplac.org if you are affected by this issue on the Thames and would like to join the group.

To complain about specific instances of wash it is recommended that you always state the time and your location and that the wash or speed was excessive. Most vessels are tracked so the PLA can do the rest, you don't need to know what the vessel name is. Either:

1. Complain via email, to HMU2@pla.co.uk  and copy in wash@oplac.org

2. Complain online here http://www.pla.co.uk/About-Us/Further-Contacts-Harbour-Master-Upper-District


3.  Call  020 8855 0315 which is the PLA control room for the upper Thames. They can track all vessels live. Bear in mind that phoned in complaints are rarely logged and there will be no audit trail.

We have purchased a small loop recording camera which can be placed inside a houseboat, attached to a window.  Please contact us if you would like to borrow one of these to record wash problems.

Vessel Tracking

You can track high speed vessels on the Thames yourself.  All vessels on the Thames that have been granted exemption from the 12 knot speed limit have an amber flashing light and have to transmit their speed via AIS. This is recorded and available to the public here http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/shipid:187331/zoom:10  - in the "Filters" box tick "High Speed Craft" and "Ships Underway".  The ships will appear on the screen.  Click one to identify it and then click "Past Track" to see where it's been and at what speeds:

More soon........