Ship's Papers Required:
Certificate for British Tonnage (if issued).
Safety Equipment Certificate.
Safety Radio Certificate.
Safety Construction Certificate.
International Load Line Certificate.
Derat Exemption Certificate.
PILOTAGE: Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels navigating within the Port of Liverpool (as defined in the M.D. & H.C. Act 1971). The M.D. & H.C. is also empowered to act on behalf of Garston Docks for Pilotage Directions. The following vessels shall be exempt from Compulsory Pilotage:
1. Any vessels belonging to Her Majesty.
2. Any vessel which is under 82 m. LOA, provided that this exemption shall not apply to any such vessel which is:-
(a) Carrying hazardous cargoes.
(b) The navigation of which is, in the opinion of the company, affected by a defect in or damage to the vessel or her equipment, or inadequacy of the Master or crew.
(c) Navigating solely to adjust her compasses within the Port limits Attention is drawn to the General Directions for Navigation in the Port
of Liverpool No. 4, the Pilotage Directions 4:1 and the Mersey Channel Collision Rules.
Boarding Position: The normal boarding position will be in the vicinity of the Bar Lanby Buoy, but vessels may, by arrangement, board their Pilots at Point Lynas. Both stations are served by launches controlled from "Port Operations Control" in Liverpool. The Control Centre operates on VHF Channel 11 (and 9, 12 or 16) with the call sign Liverpool P.lo The Pilot launches will show the appropriate Pilot Flag or Iights and will have the words "Liverpool Pilot" painted on the superstructure. Inward Bound Vessels: Vessels requiring a Pilot must give not less than, Inward Bound Vessels: Vessels requiring a Pilot must give not less than 24 hours notice before the expected time of arrival of the relevant vessel at the Pilot Station at which the Pilot is to be boarded; via Agents, via G,P,0, Coast Stations to the Liverpool Pilotage Control Centre, or via telex to 626264 P.T.OP.8. Liverpool and ETA's must be kept up-dated Penalty charges are made for non-compliance with the ETA Regulations (Reference Pilotage Directions No. 7).
Outward Bound Vessels: Vessels requiring a Pilot must give not less than 3 hours notice before the expected time of departure ofthe relevant vessel to the Port Operations Control Centre, between the hours or 0800 hrs. to 1630 hrs. on weekdays and 0800 hrs. to 1200 hrs. on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
ANCHORAGE: In the event of berths not being really available for vessels, normally they must wait at the Mersey Bar Ancrwage which is in the open roadstead. There are river anchorages, but these are only usually for vessels about to enter the dock system.
RESTRICTIONS: No restrictions on night entry, except VLCCs tidal restrictions depend on vessel's draft and to which berth vessel proceeding, larger vessels usually have to wait for HW MAX. SIZE: Tranmere: up to 41 ft. (12.5 m.) draft dependent on tide Birkenhead: Up to 28 ft. 6 in. (8.68 m.) draft.
Liverpool Docks: Up to 42 ft. (12.8 m.) draft. Royal Seaforth Dock: 42 ft. (12.8 m.) of water depth, up to 75,000 d.w.t.
HEALTH: Maritime Declaration of Health Form must be completed and handed to Customs Officer or Port Health Officer, whoever first boards ship. This form is obtainable from Pilot. In event of any suspected disease or fever on board, or if ship has called during last 4 weeks at any port in Brazil, China, Indo-China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Colombia and the port of Dar-es-Salaam, West African ports between Lat. 20° North and 20° South, the Master should, prior to entering port, make radio contact with Liverpool Port Health Authority, via Portishead Radio or Port Radar Station (Signal "Portelth Liverpool") giving them following information: 1 Name of Ship. 2. Date of departure from and name of last infected Port. 3. Number, ages and sex of any cases of infectious diseases or other relevant information. 4. Expected time of arrival at Rock Light.
Before reaching the Rock Light, if medical clearance has not been obtained, the following signal must be displayed: By day - fly the flag signal "2 W". By night - show red light over white light.
When medical clearance is obtained Pratique will be issued ax a,scretion of Customs Officer. If there is no suspected disease on board and vessel has not called at any of the above ports listed, Master can radio for Free Pratique. Unless otherwise instructed, Customs Officer will again Issue Pratique. Vessels arriving from another U.K. port do not require Pratique or health clearance. Also see "Health - All Ports" before first U.K. port.
RADIO: Portishead Radio, call sign: GKL; Landsend Radio, call sign: GDL; Wick Radio, call sign: GKR; but on approaching Liverpool, the local radio station is Anglesey Radio, call sign: GLV.
RADAR/VHF: VTS operational. Vessels should establish contact by VHF/RT with the Port Operations Control, call sign "Mersey Radio", before sailing and inward bound when within VHF/RT range and not later than when in the vicinity of the Bar Lighted Buoy.
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