New tower guides vessels

Northfleet Radar Tower will help guide vessels along the River Thames Northfleet Radar Tower will help guide vessels along the River Thames
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A new, £1.1m radar tower, to guide craft up and down the tidal River Thames, has been built by the Port of London Authority (PLA) at Northfleet, near Gravesend in Kent.

Overlooking a particularly busy stretch of the river, the 49m high structure is topped by a state-of-the-art radar scanner and houses the latest low-energy navigational lights, CCTV and telecommunications technology.

“This project is a classic example of the largely hidden investment we make to keep the river operating effectively day in, day out,” said Robin Mortimer, PLA chief executive.

“It’s key to the long-term Vision for the tidal Thames, keeping both our customers and the public at large safe when they are out on the river.”

The tower is part of an 18-strong network of PLA radars that operate day and night to help vessels navigate their way in and out of the UK’s second biggest port – from cruise and container ships, to recreational boats of all shapes and sizes.

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