Chubb protects visitors to new Mersey ferry terminal

Oct 23, 2008


Taking the famous ‘Ferry across the Mersey’ will be even safer thanks to a fire and security system installed by Chubb at the new £10.5m Pier Head ferry terminal in Liverpool.

The ferry, run by Merseytravel, is the most popular tourist attraction in the region, and was made famous by the 1960s hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers. With the ferry carrying some 700,000 passengers a year, safety was clearly a high priority.

M&E contractors Rotary North West appointed Chubb because of its proven ability to deliver, as Project Manager Stan Dutton explains: “Chubb has a reputation for innovation and the highest levels of customer service. We have been delighted with the technology installed.”

Among the challenges with the installation were the salt air and adverse weather conditions prevalent in the area. The dome cameras specified are stainless steel to operate reliably even in extreme environments. Images from these external domes, and 15 cameras within the terminal building, will be transmitted via radio to a control room within Merseytravel’s Seacombe headquarters, where they can be recorded and reviewed in the event of an incident.

As well as cameras, Chubb has also installed state-of-the art access control and fire alarm technologies, with an option to roll-out similar systems in other Merseytravel sites in the future.

The Pier Head terminal has a café, restaurants, shops, Beatles attraction, upgraded waiting areas, and easy access to a landing stage.