History, Port Assisted Radar
port of Liverpool was the very first UK to used radar to
help assist the massive amounts of shipping that uses
the port. Still to this day the system is in use
and cuts down valuable waiting times with the loading
and unloading of shipping and also provides an indispensable
tool to assist in the safety of vessels of all shapes
and sizes entering and leaving the port. The
photographs were taken in 1999. We would like to
thank Mersey Docks and Harbor Company for their help,
information and allowing us access. We also
would like to thank HSBC Bank and Tarmac (Special
Products), who sponsored the documentary that these
shots are from.
by Patrick Trollope BA(Hons) LBPPA.
are the displays the radar operators use. The
display, above on the left, is one of several that can
be selected. This one allows the operator to see
the shipping's location, name of vessel and other
details displayed. The operator keeps track
of the shipping and tells the pilot boats when to meet
boats and informs the boats what is going on.
They also keep the shipping lanes monitored and this
enables the safe navigation of the once torturous
Also available to the operator are tide heights, wind
speed and direction as well as other information, that
can be obtained via other screens like the one on the
right. The one on the right shows the tide high
via buoys and tidal gauges in the Irish Sea and on the
Mersey. All this allows the
boats to be met and taken in faster at the optimum times
making it cheaper, safer and quicker.
say a boat with a cargo of grain is picked up on
approach at Holyhead, the operator informs the boat that
a pilot will meet it at a set location and time.
The pilot is then informed and the pilot boat sent out.
At the same time the office staff are informed and they
get the massive operations underway on the dock side
ready for unlading the boats cargo. They also get
the return cargo ready for loading.
As soon as
the boat is docked, the port goes into action and the
pilot is sent back to the pilot boat ready to go out to
the next boat or sent to an outgoing boat.
The boat with the grain is also unloaded as this is
going on and reloaded rapidly. Then the
operator is informed and the process is repeated, this
time reversed with the boat going out and the pilot boat
being informed when to set off and pick up the next vessel.
The process is repeated 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
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