The Royal Docks Management Authority Limited (RoDMA) owns, maintains and manages the water areas and marine infrastructure of the Royal Docks. The 250 acres of water area comprise the Royal Victoria, Royal Albert and King George V docks, the smaller Pontoon Dock and Albert Basin, and the King George V and Gallions locks providing access to the River Thames. Infrastructure responsibilities include the locks, Impounding Station, the Bascule Bridge at the western end of the KGV lock, the Connaught road and footbridges and the plaza areas, the Sir Steve Redgrave road bridge, the Royal Victoria Dock footbridge, and the beach and Corniche area at the western end of Royal Victoria Dock.

Defined areas of the water are designated for established leisure use, with wet-bikes operating in the King George V Dock, rowing in the Royal Albert Dock, and sailing, canoeing and windsurfing in the Royal Victoria Dock. A non-residential marina operates in the Albert Basin.

ALL activities on the water are authorised by RoDMA, who control entry/exit and passage of vessels in the Royal Docks, issue licences for short and long term authorised use of the water, and operate an "Events Diary" in which the holding of events, activities, demonstrations, vessel movements, etc. on the water are registered and co-ordinated, on a first come first served basis.

RoDMA is responsible for upholding the Byelaws for the water area and dock side walkway, which provide regulations for the movement of vessels and other activities on the water, prohibit unauthorised swimming and fishing, and determine levels of public and marine behaviour.


ALL enquiries for vessel entries, holding of 'Events' and any activities in, under or over the water areas of the Royal Docks are to be made in writing, (e-mail, letter, or fax ) providing full details as appropriate


Date and preferred time for entry and exit
Purpose of proposed vessel visit
Name of vessel
Tel no
Fax no

Length overall (LOA)
Maximum beam (width)
Maximum draught (depth beneath water line)
Air draught (maximum height above water line)
Height of embarkation/disembarkation point above water and distance of centre line from bow
Substantive evidence of full insurance cover
Certificate of seaworthiness
Shore side services required

Events and Description of proposed event/activity
Activities on Proposed date/s
Water: Water area involved
Organiser of proposed event

Following acceptance and entry in 'Events Diary', a full risk assessment and method statement, and substantive evidence of public and third party insurance cover will be required.


Following receipt of an enquiry RoDMA will confirm availability and issue a quotation. Upon acceptance of quotation, RoDMA will issue a Confirmation of Booking for signature. All bookings for vessel entries must be confirmed minimum 12 days before entry.


Users of the Royal Docks shall comply in all respects with the provisions of any appropriate statutes, LDDC Byelaws, Port Marine Safety Plan, regulations and conditions imposed by RoDMA.

A full copy of London Docklands Development Corporation Act 1994 Byelaws is available for inspection. The following extract is for information only.

  • All vessels to comply with the following

  • International Regulations (as defined in the Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996) apply as appropriate.

  • give 24 hours notice to RoDMA Pierhead Control of vessel's arrival or departure.

  • supply before entry details of Master and owner of vessel.

  • provide upon entry details of tonnage of vessel, length, draught and air draught, last port of call, full insurance cover details and substantive evidence of cover being in place for full term of visit.

  • fully comply with all directions of RoDMA Harbour Master.

  • navigate with due care and caution, at a speed not exceeding 5 knots, or minimum speed commensurate with safe navigation.

  • report any collision, or vessel sunk, grounded or stranded, or rendered unsafe to navigate or giving rise to danger to other vessels or property, or parting from moorings, or loss of anchor or propeller.

  • not to make vessel fast or lie against any post, quay, pier, dock wall not assigned for the purpose

  • provide sufficient number of adequately sized fenders.

  • fend off so as to prevent damage to quays or other vessels or property.

  • keep the vessel properly and effectively moored.

  • ensure sufficient competent crew available to attend to vessel's moorings, unmooring and moving of vessel, and to deal with any emergency.

  • not to take any steps to render vessel incapable of movement, and ensure vessel is capable of being safely moved.

  • when vessel is at a quay or attached to any mooring device, ensure engines are worked so not to cause any injury or damage to the dock bed or walls, or any other vessel or property.

  • provide if requested free access across the deck of vessel for persons or goods to and from vessels alongside.

  • not to permit use of vessel for business or residential purposes, or for the carriage of passengers for payment without consent.

  • not to deposit or discharge any sewage, effluent, bilge water or liquid waste into docks.

  • not to wash, clean, scrape or in any way repair or carry out work to a vessel, or break up or abandon a vessel.

  • flammable gas only to be carried or stored in suitably constructed receptacles.

  • taking on fuel only to be undertaken with prior approval and in accordance with prescribed conditions.

  • no person to undertake navigation whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • no litter, rubbish, or any toxic, noxious, polluting or offensive matter to be deposited, thrown or discharged into the water.

  • not to use vessel with internal combustion engine unless fitted with a silencer, and constructed so as to stop the emission of unreasonable smoke or visible vapour.

  • not to sound a siren, steam hooter, horn or distress signal other than for the purposes of navigation or emergency or bona fide and necessary testing.

  • not to use radio telecommunications equipment or radar without approval, to ensure the safe operation of London City Airport.

  • all vessels to be clearly marked with its name or other means of identification.


Bellmouth Restrictions
  • Entrance to King George V Lock is across the run of the tide.

  • Area is subject to considerable siltation, although regular dredging generally maintains a water depth, 3 metres below Chart Datum.

  • River end of KGV Bellmouth subject to turbulence when sluices lifted to lower the lock to the river, and in the lock when flooding up to the dock.

  • Vessels must not enter the Bellmouth and lie alongside the piers.

Docking Procedure, Operating Time

  • RoDMA's general hours of operation are from 07.00 hours to 16.00 hours on all weekdays except Bank Holidays.

  • Access is available at other times only by prior arrangement., and subject to surcharge.

  • Access to and from KGV Lock is subject to vessel draft and tide level.

  • Transit to mooring within the Royal Docks may, depending upon air draft (refer Statistics), necessitate the opening of road and footbridges, operation of which is restricted between 07.30 - 09.30 and 16.30 - 18.0, Monday to Friday.

  • Transit to mooring is also restricted by the operation of the London City Airport. Vessels with an air draft not exceeding 12 metres are generally able to transit between aircraft movements. Vessels with air draft in excess of 12 metres may be only able to transit when the Airport is closed to air traffic. Airport operating hours are 06.30 - 22.30, closed 12.30 Saturday to 12.30 Sunday.

  • Instructions for the use of communication, other electronic equipment and lights in the Royal Docks will be provided on request or on entry to the Docks

  • Licensed vessels do not have any right to general navigation and may only proceed from lock to berth or berth to lock as authorised.

  • Areas of water may be closed for the purpose of holding events and activities. An 'Events Diary' is operated on a first come first served basis, details available on request.

Entry Procedure

  • Obtain prior written approval from RoDMA for entry to the Royal Docks.  A Purchase Order, confirming acceptance of conditions and charges, will be requested.

  • Pre-book ETA by telephone at least 24 hours in advance with RoDMA KGV Control
  • Check tide level at proposed time of entry, relative to draft of vessel.
  • When proceeding towards the Royal Docks, call 'KGV Control' on Channel 72

Inward Bound:
1. On passing Fords Dagenham
2. On approaching Margaretness
Outward Bound:
1. On passing Blackwell Point stating ETA
2. On clearing the Thames Barrier

  • Communication to and from lockside by VHF radio on channel 72, call sign 'KGV Control'.

  • Take note of any signals displayed at KGV Lock and do not enter Bellmouth without instructions from KGV Control.

Undocking Procedure

Confirm departure with KGV Control at least 24 hours in advance of proposed ETD.
Exit available only following satisfactory settlement of all outstanding accounts

Departure Procedure
Pre-book at least 24 hours before ETD
Call KGV Control 30 minutes before leaving berth and on leaving berth to confirm departure
If VHF not available telephone KGV Control for locking in/out time at least 24 hours in advance and adhere strictly to time allocated.

Directions for Navigating in the Royal Docks will be given prior to confirmed arrival or on entry.


Locking Charges (0700-1630 Mon-Fri)
Following charges apply from 1st April 2011. RoDMA reserves the right to amend these charges without notice.
Charges will be discounted for special circumstances, or groups of vessels, or regular usage, details available on application. All enquiries to RoDMA Administrative Office.
Related to overall length of vessel, and include for lock in and out.

Vessel length overall



(Lock in and out)

not exceeding 10 m

'    210

over 10m and not exceeding 15 m

'    230

over 15m and not exceeding 20 m

'    325

over 20m  and not exceeding 25 m

'    435

over 25m and not exceeding 30 m

'    575

over 30m and not exceeding 35 m

'    615

over 35m and not exceeding 40 m

'    720

over 40m and not exceeding  45 m

'    775

over 45m and not exceeding 50 m

'    870

over 50m and not exceeding 55 m

'    920

over 55m and not exceeding 60 m

' 1,540

over 60m and not exceeding 65 m

' 1,685

over 65m and not exceeding 70 m

' 1,815

over 70m and not exceeding 75 m

' 1,915

over 75m and not exceeding 80 m

' 2,180

over 80m and not exceeding 85 m

' 2,380

over 85m and not exceeding 100 m

' 2,765

over 100m and not exceeding 150 m

' 3,845

Out of Hours, Weekends, Bank Holidays
Arrivals or departures Out-of-Hours (after 1600 hours and before 0700 hours) Mon-Fri attract additional charge of 370.00 per each minimum period of 4 hours. Weekend and Bank Holiday arrivals and departures attract additional charge of '560.00 per each minimum period of 4 hours
Charges for vessels entering the Royal Docks by means other than through KGV Lock (eg. by crane or slipway) will be at 50% of above scale.

The commercial short term mooring rate is dependent upon vessel and purpose. Charges on application.
Mooring charges will be discounted for special circumstances.
No mooring charge will be made for a vessel arriving and departing the same day.
Charges and conditions for long term/permanent moorings upon application.

Short Term Residential Use

Short term (4 - 5 days) residential mooring is available in designated areas only when associated with the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, details and charges upon request. There are only limited electricity and water services available. Disposal of black and grey water in the Royal Docks is strictly forbidden.

Residential use is not permitted in any other areas of the Dock



Charges on application. Licence issued on receipt and acceptance of full details. RoDMA may make a disruption charge in addition to the basic event charge, and may require payment of a bond, in advance, held against any additional costs incurred by RoDMA, returned upon satisfactory completion of the event.


Up to 6 hours - 1,120
Up to 12 hours- 1,810
A licence for all filming, including filming of activities on the water, must be obtained in advance.
Application for filming on dock edge land areas should be made to the appropriate land owner, details can be supplied upon request.

Advertising, Branding and Banner Displays

Charges on application. A licence is required for all water borne advertising and promotional displays.

Crane Oversailing

Licence issued on receipt of full details. Charge 30.20 per week.


In the event a licensee requires material changes to the RoDMA Standard Licence, or a usage raises extensive health and safety issues, the costs of any resulting independent advice required by RoDMA shall be borne by the Licensee.

Docks Works Licences

A Licence is required from RoDMA before works or activity of any nature whatsoever are carried out in, under or over the water areas and designated RoDMA land areas. An administrative charge of '230 is payable for issue of the licence.


Unauthorised swimming and recreational diving in the Royal Docks are not permitted under the byelaws. Persons in contravention of the byelaws will be liable for prosecution.

A Licence is required for any commercial diving associated with construction work to dock walls, inspections, etc. and is subject to strict application of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 and the Approved Code of Practice. An administrative charge of '230 is payable for issue of the licence.


Fishing in designated area and to recognised members of the Royal Docks Angling Association only, details of membership available upon request.

King George V Lock

Lock and lockside available for vessel repair and maintenance (afloat), loading/unloading, crane barge, etc mobilisation/demobilisation, short term commercial mooring, charges upon request.


All charges are subject to Value Added Tax at the appropriate rate. Services to non'recreational and non-pleasure vessels exceeding 15 tonnes are zero rated.


All payments are to be made in advance by BACS or CHAPS unless otherwise agreed. Bank details will be provided to bona fide customers. RoDMA will apply the Commercial Debts (Interest) Act in respect of late payment, at their discretion.


RoDMA does not guarantee the accuracy of the above, and shall not be liable for any delay, loss or damage directly or indirectly arising out of any inaccuracy.

RoDMA shall not be liable for any delay, loss or damage directly or indirectly arising out of or caused or contributed to by any act of God (including for the avoidance of doubt tide levels), fire or explosion, strikes, combinations or lock-outs of any person, civil commotion, actions of war, mechanical breakdown, or London City Airport operations, and for any charges, expenses or consequential loss incurred in such circumstances.