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Forgotten Stories

Forgotten Stories – the Ronan Point explosion

The shocking events of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 immediately brought back vivid memories of the Ronan Point tower block explosion. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the accident, which killed four people and injured 17 more. read more…

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Opening of Albert Island Marina

The Department for Media, Culture and Sport have issued new guidance on opening of Marinas, it is as follows:

Marinas may re-open to allow people to visit their boats to carry out maintenance, ensuring appropriate measures are in place to follow social distancing guidelines.

In line with this, we are opening the Marina for all boatowners from Monday 18 May at 10:00 Hrs. We reserve the right to reverse this decision if the situation changes. This will be driven either by a change in Alert State; an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Marina; or boatowners not following the basic guidelines.

This week we are now cleaning the toilet and shower facilities daily (Mon-Fri).

For clarity we will not permit the following at this time:

• Leisure travel on the Thames.
• Free Movement around the Marina – please stick to going to your boat and use the ablutions if necessary.

For those who have been seeking to move your boats to another Marina/Area, this will now be supported.

We urge you to follow the Government Stay Alert Guidelines:

1. Stay at home as much as possible
2. Work from home if you can
3. Limit contact with other people
4. Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
5. Wash your hands regularly
6. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Please apply your common sense.

Scott Derben
Managing Director

Albert Island Marina – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Closure

The welfare and safety of our staff, boatowners and members of the public are our top priority during the Covid-19 Crisis. Therefore, in keeping with this and in light of Government guidelines on essential travel, we are closing the Marina to boatowners, visitors and construction staff as from tonight (27th March 2020). We will continue to carry out checks and will include all mooring ropes on our daily rounds.

We are aware that some boatowners have been staying more than two nights per week without permission and may have no other place to go. If this applies to you, please check your emails as all boatowners have been sent information which outlines how to register this fact. The deadline to send in your registration is 9AM on Monday 30 March. We will then determine how we continue to support you during this crisis. Anyone who registers will be permitted access to their boats while this is determined.

Scott Derben
Managing Director

COVID-19 Response

RoDMA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and customers who continue to be continually supportive during these uncertain times.

At this present time RoDMA remains operational, with a reduced operational team. RoDMA will continue to support our current clients who are undertaking activities within the docks. Any new business will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

After the announcement on 23rd March 2020 all office staff will be working remotely. There will be a skeleton staff on site to cover essential marine operations, essential maintenance and security.

As you are aware the situation is changing daily, RoDMA will continue to monitor the situation and will make further decisions based on Government advice. Any updates regarding the service that RoDMA can provide will be made available on this page.

Stay safe and look after each other.

Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI)

RoDMA’s largest operational event Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) successfully took place 6-15 September 2019 at Excel Exhibition Centre. This operation required a high level of safety and navigational planning. The docks successfully received 8 warships and 20+ small military craft.

London’s Royal Docks

The Royal Docks are London’s unique and historic water space – some four kilometres long, the equivalent of walking from Oxford Circus to Bank. They were once the largest enclosed docks in the world and today the 250 acres of water provide a spectacular setting for the area’s transformation into a vibrant 21st century destination to live, work and play. It’s never been easier to get here – and few areas of London can boast of a more dramatic method of transportation than the Emirates Air Line across the river Thames.
London’s Royal Docks are home to a host of attractions, events and activities, all centred around the water. The heritage and history of the area plays an all-important part in the continuing story of the docks. It’s that combination of old and new that makes this place so special, as communities grow, new restaurants, cafés and bars open and the calendar of activities gets busier with each month. Welcome to London’s Royals Docks. We hope you enjoy your time here.