Liz Joins SCH Warehouse Team with Eyes on Expansion

Southampton Warehouse Expansion

Liz oversees the racking expansion project in SCH’s warehouse

Freight management specialists Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) have recruited Liz Foster as warehouse manager as they look to expand the business at their 40,000 sq.ft. bonded facility at Totton. Liz joins from international freight forwarders WE Deane where she spent ten years, latterly managing the company’s warehouses at Eastleigh, Derby and Liverpool, along with the related haulage fleet.
Her initial task at SCH will be to oversee an investment programme designed to expand and improve the warehouse facilities.

“We’ll be bringing in new racking and improving the lay-out to make the operation more efficient. We will also be upgrading the stock management system,” says Liz. “There is lots of potential to build the business, linked to our cargo handling business in the port of Southampton and beyond.”

SCH, which moved into the new facility last year, already handles a wide range of commodities at the site, including importing toys from the Far East, exporting shipments of stationery, storing cruise ship supplies and loading cars in containers.

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SCH and Portland Port Combine to Get Azores Sailing

Cruise Operation SouthamptonStevedores SCH teamed up with Portland Port to ensure that Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) made a successful start to the 2015 season with a swift turnaround for the vessel Azores after she was diverted at the end of a 30-day Caribbean voyage.

The Azores was due to return to Avonmouth with some 400 passengers at the end of her maiden voyage for CMV. However, bad weather forced her to shelter in Lisbon and her late arrival back to the UK presented problems in accessing Avonmouth because of tides.

CMV diverted the ship to Portland at short notice and the Dorset port, the South Coast’s leading port for day cruising calls, responded quickly by contacting specialist cruise ship stevedores SCH to organise a full turnaround service.

SCH despatched a team of cruise operatives to handle the disembark of some 400 passengers and their baggage and the embark of a similar number of passengers. The stevedores also loaded several tonnes of ship’s stores as the classic Azores made ready for her next cruise to view the Northern Lights.

SCH Business Development Manager Lee Davis explained: ‘’We enjoy a good relationship with Portland Port and as such it was a great example of teamwork between the port and ourselves to service the Azores at short notice. We were able to ensure that there was a minimum of disruption to the schedule despite a major logistics operation involving passengers and stores.”

Portland Port General Manager Commercial, Ian McQuade added: “It was a great effort by all concerned and we were delighted to be able to help Cruise and Maritime Voyages get their passengers on their way to see the Northern Lights.”

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SCH Secures New Contract with RCCL as Anthem of the Seas Debuts in Southampton

Port terminal operators Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) have been awarded a three-year contract by Royal Caribbean Cruises Lines (RCCL) to provide passenger and stores services for their cruise ships calling in the Port of Southampton.

The latest agreement extends a relationship between SCH and RCCL that has spanned more than ten years, during which time RCCL has helped Southampton to become the leading cruise port in Europe.


SCH carrying out stores loading on an RCCL cruise ship in Southampton

RCCL, including sister companies Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, will make more than 40 turnaround calls in Southampton this year, led by the introduction of its new 168,000 tonnes ship Anthem of the Seas, which will arrive on the South Coast next month after completion in Germany.

With space for 4,180 passengers, the Anthem of the Seas will be the biggest passenger ship calling in Southampton and will demand a major operation to handle passenger baggage and general stores during her regular disembark and embark calls. SCH will also be responsible for mooring and letting go the 348m. long ship.

In addition to the Anthem of the Seas, SCH will handle calls by RCCL’s Explorer of the Seas, Celebrity Cruises’ Eclipse and Azamara Club Cruises Quest during this year.

SCH Operations Director Kevin Hulme commented: “It will be an exciting year for RCCL and we are committed to maintaining a seamless port turnaround for their ship calls in Southampton. The size of the Anthem of the Seas will present its own handling challenges and we are already engaged in planning the processes that will help to provide passengers with the best possible service.”

Adam Sharp, Head of Port Operations and Guest Port Services for RCCL, said: “On many occasions the first person our guests come into contact as they arrive to begin their holiday onboard one of our ships is with a stevedore as they hand over their bags to be taken onboard. It’s imperative we have a professional, courteous and welcoming company which matches our experience onboard and we’re delighted to have SCH working so closely with us on this as they have done for a number of years since we arrived in Southampton.”

The contract extension with RCCL comes as SCH celebrates 25 years of operations, making it the Port of Southampton’s most experienced cargo and passenger handling company.

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