Interserve plc is a multinational support service and construction company based in the UK, with revenue of £2.1 billion and a workforce of more than 75,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Reading, Berkshire and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. A lighterage is the fee paid for the use of a Lighter, a large, open, flat bottomed barge, that could transport goods a short distance in shallow waters. At the time London was the busiest port in the world. Lightering provided a service much in demand in the overcrowded river because of the need to transship goods from ships berthed there and to convey them to the riverside wharves, where the larger open water cargo ships were unable to dock due to their size and draft or, to more efficiently and effectively deal with the number of ships congregating in the river. By 1887 the company is recorded as occupying premises of a former Lloyd's Register Proving House and Chain-Testing Shed and subsequent Police Station at Preston Road, West India Docks
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