New racking has provided warehouse operator SCH with a boost to business through its Totton facility
An increase in warehouse space by cargo management specialists Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) is set to boost business at the company’s facilities at Totton.
SCH has invested in warehouse racking that will enable it to store up to 2,000 pallets at the modern 40,000sq.ft bonded facilities.
The company regularly handles a wide range of commodities through the warehouse, including toys, stationery, solar panels and cars shipped in containers.
Investing in new racking has expanded the amount of storage space by up to 30 per cent and improved efficiency in handling and freight management.
Warehouse manager Liz Foster explained: “Throughput at the facilities is growing and the new racking will increase our capacity and add to our flexibility in storing different pallet configurations.”
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An SCH operator loads stores on the new Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Anthem of the Seas
Terminal operators Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) are utilising their considerable experience in handling cruise vessels to service the biggest cruise ship to call in the port of Southampton.
Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas has marked her maiden call in the port with a busy schedule of short promotional cruises showing off the impressive 168,000 tonnes ship after she arrived from the builder’s yard in Germany.
Anthem of the Seas has space for 4,180 passengers and will use Southampton as her base throughout the 2015 season, with SCH providing stevedoring services for the regular disembark and embark calls. SCH is also responsible for mooring and letting go the 348m. long ship.
The latest giant cruise ship to be based in Southampton, Europe’s leading port for cruise ship turnarounds, demands a major operation to load general stores and handle passenger baggage.
SCH Operations Director Kevin Hulme explained: “It is proving to be a busy first week of operations on the Anthem of the Seas with hundreds of tonnes of stores being loaded and we have fitted this around a busy schedule of short cruises before her official maiden voyage. We are used to handling RCI’s fleet of large ships and our expertise, combined with the ship’s latest handling technology, ensures that movements of stores and baggage can be completed swiftly and efficiently.”
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SCH stevedores load one of the cases of generator equipment onto the MV Parida
Hundreds of tonnes of gas turbine generators have been loaded out of Southampton Docks by stevedores SCH bound for Colombia.
The three-day operation to load containers, large crates and other casings, including turbines, power cables and controls, was the latest leg of a journey from the Siemens’ plant on Humberside to South America where the generators will be transported some 1500 kilometres inland. The power units will then be used to help pump oil through pipelines for onward distribution in Colombia.
SCH lifted part of the cargo onto the vessel MV Parida for storing below deck before the ship moved to another Eastern Docks berth where the remainder was towed on board using the ship’s stern ramp. Agents for the project cargo move were GP Shipping.
SCH Senior Operations Manager Mark Living explained: “We used a specialist team of stevedores with a wealth of experience in loading project cargoes. These were heavy containers and crates loaded with a high value cargo that demanded a precise and careful operation.
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