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The skies above Royal
Terrace Pier were lit up by
a burst of fireworks – to
remember fun-loving
apprentice waterman Alex
Acott, who passed away
in January.

The 19-year-old, a
well-known face on the
Karolien fuel bunker with
dad Alan, passed away
in his sleep, shortly after
finishing a shift on his beloved River Thames earlier this year. His funeral was held at St George’s Church, in Gravesend, followed by a wake and foreshore farewell that was attended
by hundreds of family and friends.

The Svitzer tug blew its horn on a
frosty night in late January as the fireworks exploded into action. Loved ones remember Alex as a Millwall-mad, flutter-loving lad who always counted

himself lucky to be part 
of the river community.
Alan, owner of River Fuels Ltd, said: “Alex was a typical 19-year-old lad.
He loved his football, he loved a bet and he loved having fun. He had been working with me for 
about two and a half
years and he loved being on the river.”

Mum Isobel said: “The fireworks display was really lovely and the turnout speaks
for itself. Alex was so well-liked. He was such a lovely person.

Richard Fry, who works alongside
Alex’s dad at River Fuels, said: “We’re
all going to miss Alex so much. He was
so well thought of on the river. He had
been an apprentice and completed a lot
of courses at sea school, so he was
doing so well.”

More green spaces and wide river walkways have been included in amended plans for London City Cruise Port (LCCP).

Original plans for the terminal were first submitted in 2010, aiming to provide a port for shorter cruise ship visits. But LCCP bosses say recent environmental legislation has affected the cost-effectiveness of shorter ship stays in London.

Kate O’Hara, LCCP chief executive,

said: “There is tremendous excitement and interest from the industry in using the London City Cruise Port. Provided
we upgrade the terminal and infrastructure to meet their changing needs, I have no doubt that we will be welcoming some of the world’s leading cruise ships to this unique mooring on the Thames.”
It’s hoped the new terminal will be finished by late 2017, if planning permission is granted this summer.


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