Port general managers from as far afield as Australia, South America, the US, Canada and Europe have visited SCH in Southampton to learn about the company’s operations.

The group of eight were all members of the worldwide General Stevedoring Council taking part in a European General Managers course. They spent three days in the port of Southampton being hosted by SCH.

Presentations were made to the group outlining SCH’s development and current operations before they were given a tour of the port where they took a closer look at the company’s activities, including receiving and handling ro-ro cargoes. SCH is Southampton’s leading handler of deep-sea ro-ro cargoes.

The GSC members then divided into teams and undertook a project to review some of the cargo handling processes.  Ultimately they had to prepare a presentation to an SCH management board comprising directors Richard Burgess and Lee Davis, along with Central Receiving Supervisor Lee Couzens, giving their recommendations to improve, simplify or increase resilience in the processes.

The GSC team returned to Copenhagen where they will complete their course.

SCH Director Richard Burgess explained: “Coming from ports worldwide and often with a focus on certain trades and ways of handling cargoes, it was a valuable experience for the group to visit Southampton where there is a wide range of trade sectors. We were able to give them an interesting insight into the way the port works and the specific operations of SCH.

“For us, it was also useful to get their views on the way we work and overall the visit was a rewarding exercise for both parties.”

Frans Baud, GSC mentor for the visit, added: “The group enjoyed a splendid visit and were extremely impressed by the operations at the Port of Southampton and the important role played by SCH in their efficiency. We hope SCH was also able to benefit from the team’s ideas for improving the operation of cargo movements.”

SCH’s Cruise Manager Paulo Oliveira was also part of the GSC course but as part of another group that visited other ports in  Northern and Southern Europe.



SCH and sister company Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) have contributed to Southampton being named as best UK port in the British Cruise Awards 2018.

It is the second year in a row that Southampton has been named best port after 80,000 readers of the magazine Cruise International voted.

Cruise Services

SCH, through its stevedoring services, and CPS, which provides valet parking, make a significant contribution to the cruise ship service offering provided in Southampton, which is Northern Europe’s busiest cruise port.

The award was sponsored by Marello Cruises and was presented by their managing director, Chris Hackney at a ceremony held at the House of Lords.

Several cruise lines under the Carnival brand, which use CPS to provide valet parking services for passengers transiting Southampton, also picked up accolades at the awards.

SCH Director Lee Davis commented: “The awards demonstrated again Southampton’s leading role in UK cruise operations and we are delighted to play our part in contributing to this success.”