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Thames CPD Programme

27 January 2022

The Master, Derek Mann, and Shipping Minister, Robert Courts MP, were promoting the Thames CPD (Continuous Professional Development) programme yesterday.

Boat operations on the tidal Thames, the UK’s busiest inland waterway, are set to accelerate rapidly over the next decade. The boom in online shopping, linked to the pandemic, has generated unprecedented interest in using the river for the transportation of light freight and parcels. The river’s network of passenger piers is also expanding eastwards.

From early 2024, Thames CPD will be mandated by the PLA for all tidal Thames boat masters, from Teddington to the North Sea.

Read the full press release here