Handling passenger baggage with care is part of every cruise ship call but there was a special assignment for SCH when the luxury cruise vessel Azamara Quest called in Southampton at the end of an 11-night cruise to ports located near some of the UK and Ireland’s most famous golf courses.
The specialist golf cruise included a visit to the British Open at Troon and the opportunity for more than 100 golfers to play at leading courses, meaning an essential feature of the luggage were their prized clubs.
For those who did not take their clubs on board, a van was even detailed to meet passengers at each port to deliver their clubs ready to play, culminating in the arrival in Southampton where SCH took on the caddy role to ensure that owners and clubs were reunited.
Just under 700 passengers made the trip and a careful operation was required to return the valuable golf bags to their dedicated owners.
SCH Cruise Operations Manager Glen Gardner explained: “Azamara Quest is a high spec ship and this specialist cruise meant the turnaround operation required an extra layer of careful handling in addition to the standard baggage discharge.”
Azamara Quest’s turnaround then included nearly 700 passengers embarking for the subsequent cruise to Northern Europe.
SCH completed one of its biggest ro-ro load-outs of the year when nearly 2,400 cars were shipped on the EUKOR vessel Glovis Captain in a two-day operation.
The cargo was a major boost for UK exports with cars from several manufacturers loaded on the ship sailing for the Middle East and Far East.
SCH Director Lee Davis commented: “It was a tremendous job carried out by our teams of drivers and lashers with many of the cars high end vehicles from a wide range of manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley and BMW. The cargo also underlined the Port of Southampton’s role as a major location for UK exports that are shipped worldwide.”
SCH Director Kevin Hulme may be more used to landside operations but he took to the water to help crew the 50ft Bella of London yacht to a respectable finish in the annual Round the Island race.
Kevin was a guest of logistics giant OIA Global as he teamed up with other seven crew members to take on the gruelling challenge of sailing round the Isle of Wight on board the Italian inspired Grand Soleil luxury yacht.
In bright but blustery conditions, Bella of London completed the course in just over eight hours and finished a creditable 75th in class, which computed to 293rd place out of the 985 yachts that completed the race.
Kevin said it was an unforgettable experience, adding: “It was hard work but a fantastic day with everyone working really well together to get the boat round the course and home to a strong finish.”