Tranmere jetties

Tranmere Terminal is situated on the West side of the River Mersey, 1½ miles south of Birkenhead and opposite the Albert Dock Complex and Liverpool City centre.

Tranmere Oil Terminal

Capable of handling vessels up to 210,000 tonnes on the North Jetty and up to 115,000 tonnes on the South Jetty.

10 million tonnes of crude oil a year arrive at Tranmere

Tranmere Terminal

Tranmere handles in excess of 140 ships each year.

Typical cargo size
80-100KT for Crude Oil
40-80KT for Petroleum products

Typical types of ship
All oil tankers are double hull, including specialised North Sea offtake vessels and occasional Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) with part cargo.


Vessels are scheduled to berth on high water tide only, with departure from the berth permitted either four hours or one hour before high water. Senior Liverpool Pilots are assigned to pilot all vessels.

At least two tugs are used for the berthing or unberthing of all crude oil tankers with three in use for vessels over 50,000 tonnes dwt. All procedures for vessels bound for Tranmere are covered by formal agreements with the Liverpool Pilots Service and Peel Ports.


Safety is an absolute priority at Tranmere, and all practicable steps are taken to prevent incidents of any type, with systems and procedures in place to detect fire or leaks of substances and to raise the alarm.

Measures preventing such releases are taken into account during the design, construction and maintenance of the tanks and equipment at the Terminal, with the highest industry standards applied throughout.


The Stanlow Terminals Marine Team is responsible for all marine activities, which include:

  • All shipping operations at company waterfronts
  • All ship vetting for the business
  • Links with the ports and associated service providers including pilots, tug operators, mooring crews, ship agents and surveyors
  • Training of waterfront contractors in ship shore safety and oil spill response