And on Friday, 21 April the Cabinet will be asked to approve the plan to provide a comprehensive package for cruise passengers which could also potentially include a new 200 room hotel and 1,100+ multi-storey car park.
To enable the works the council is also in negotiations with the Duchy of Lancaster and Peel Land and Property to obtain new leases and purchase land.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s cruise industry has transformed our tourism appeal and given the Mersey a new lease of life.
”It has been one of the city’s great success stories of the past decade but we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners and give passengers a full five star experience.
“Appointing a technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.
“A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to transform the North Liverpool docklands and the support we’ve already received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging.”
Following approval to appoint the technical team, the council will then submit an outline business case for a £20m contribution from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) by Monday, 29 May. If that stage is successfully passed, the project will then progress to the final stage, a full business case.
The technical team will then work on the details of the projects with a view to an outline planning application being submitted later in the year.
Although the car park will be for the use of the Cruise Terminal, the council is reviewing locations north of Leeds Street, so it could also support initiatives around Ten Streets and North Docks areas.
Liverpool City Council is also carrying out further maritime and infrastructure investigations, environmental impact assessments and surveys and is working closely with Peel, which owns the Princes Jetty in its £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.