(ii) Vessels wishing to communicate with the Liverpool Pilotage Control Centre should call "Liverpool Pilot" on Channel 11. Channels 16 and 12 should only be used in cases of difficulty in establisning initial contact.
(iii) When within VHF R/T range and not later than when in the vicinity of the Bar Lighted Buoy the vessel should establish contact with Mersey Radio on Channel 12 and pass her arrival information on Channel 12 or other Channel indicated by Mersey Radio, watch should be kept on Channel 12 unless instructed to remain on another working Channel for Port Operational reasons. A vessel at anchor at the Bar anchorage should keep watch on Channels 16 and 12.
(iv) Vessels requiring radar information or assistance will be requested to shift to Channel 18 or 22.
(v) Vessels should inform Mersey Radio when they are ceasing to keep a listening watch on Channel 12. If they are shifting to a tug or a dock entrance or Tranmere Oil Stage Channel they should inform Mersey Radio of such intention.
Vessels Sailing from the River Mersey: Vessels, on sailing from any Stage or Dock, should establish contact with Mersey Radio on Channel 12 and then maintain watch on that Channel unless instructed to remain on another working Channel for Port Operational reasons. Vessels requiring radar information or assistance will be requested to work on Channel 18 or 22.
TUGS: Join vessel after passing Rock Light. Normally use tug's lines but optional. Charge for tug's hawsers.
BERTHING: 35 general cargo berths.
BULK CARGO FACILITIES: Grain Berths: Royal Seaforth Grain Terminal accommodates ships of up to 75,000 d.w.t. up to 260 m. overall length and 12.8 m. draft. Discharge is by 2 marine towers at up to 2,000 tonnes p.h. into 133,000 tonnes capacity silo. 2x750 tonnes per hour dischargers (Buhler) for animal feedstuffs at Berth S.2, storage capacity 30,000 tonnes. 1 x 220 tonnes per hour Vigan pneumatic discharger for heavy grains and animal feedstuffs ex-small vessels up to 4,000 d.w.t. Other grain berths include Birkenhead East Tower Berth accommodating vessels up to 150 m., draft 8.7 m. Grab Cargoes: (Minerals, ores, coal, meals, etc.). N.3 Huskisson Branch Dock: 2 berths for vessels up to 9.5 m. draft, each equipped with 4 grab cranes. S.E.2 Alexandra Dock: Vessels up to 8.84 m. draft, equipped with 3 grabbing cranes for handling animal feeding stuffs; discharge to road via hoppers and direct by conveyor to silo storage. E. Bramley Moore: 2x5 tonnes grabbing cranes for handling vessels up to 3,000 tonnes d.w.t. and 5.8 m draft. Discharge direct to road vehicles.North Bidston Dock: Quay length 305 m., 8.7 m. draft, max. length 192 m., 3 transporters each with an hourly digging capacity of 350 tonnes discharging to road or rail via 175 tonnes hoppers or into coasters or barges. Cavendish Quay: 2 x 20 tonnes level luffing jib cranes with a grabbingcapacity of 15 tonnes. Each designed to handle up to 450 t.p.h. Loading to road or rail with 2 x 100 tonnes capacity mobile weigh hoppers. Duke St. Wharf: Vessels up to 8.7 m. draft discharged by 2 x 7.5 tonnes electric level luffing cranes. S.2 Gladstone Dock: Bulk terminal with length 250 m. and depth 12.5 m. The terminal handles Panamax (75,000 tonnes) vessels with 4 grab cranes. Daily rate 14,000 tons.
BULK LIQUID FACILITIES: Tranmere: Petroleum oils at Tranmere South Stage, accommodating tankers up to 115,000 tons displacement, max. draft 11.1 m. plus height of tide and Tranmere North Stage accommodating tankers after lightening up to 210,000 tons displacement, max. draft 12.0 m. plus height of tide. Facilities operated by Shell U.K. Ltd. Cautionary Advice: Vessels which are required to pump over the tide must discharge so as to reach, 30 minutes before LW, a draft not greater than 41 ft. plus height of LW at the North stage, or 38 ft. plus height of LW at the South stage. (These figures may vary slightly from time to time and should be checked with the Berthing Master).
Liverpool: N.2 Gladstone (edible oils berth, total quay length 175 m. 12.8 m. draft). S.1 Canada, (edible oils and molasses, up to 213 m. length, 9.75 m. draft). S.E. Nelson (wines and spirits, for vessels up to 99.1 m. length, 6 m. draft). Birkenhead: N. Alfred (8.6 m. draft, edible oils). Ilchester Wharf (8.6 m. draft). E. Lewis (edible oils, bulk chemicals and molasses for vessels up to 192 m. in length, 8.7 m. draft).
SPECIALISED CARGO HANDLING FACILITIES: Containers: The container terminal at Royal Seaforth Dock has a continuous quay 1,100 m. in length, served by 6 gantry cranes up to 40 tons capacity and a fleet of straddle carriers working to a 22 ha. container park supported by a 26 ha. back-up area. Tractor trailer units are used to feed the integral Freightliner Rail Terminal.
Containers can also be handled at all general cargo berths. Timber and Forest Products: At the Royal Seaforth Timber Terminal, 793 m. of continuous quay are served by 4 x 10 tonnes cranes discharging packaged timber to a 26 ha. stacking and back-up area. 3 sheds provide covered storage of 16,000 sq.m. for plywood, pulp-kiln-dried timber.
RolRo: There are 12 berths in the port with Ro/Ro ramp facilities; Royal Seaforth, S.3, S.6 and S.10; Gladstone No. 3, North Hornby. N.W. Alexandra, E. Langton, N.E. 3 Canada, S.E. Nelson, S.E. Trafalgar, S.W. Princes and S. Bidston (Birkenhead).
Heavy and Indivisible Loads: Good road access and specialised facilities include 3 berths strengthened to accept loads of up to 300,400 and 1,000 tonnes respectively. 250 tonne capacity sea-going floating crane.
STEVEDORES: Earliest possible ETA to be given to arrange gangs. MEDICAL: If doctor is required to attend immediately on arrival of vessel, prior notice will be required, but generally doctor is arranged for most convenient time after vessel's arrival.
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