BUSY RO-RO WEEK FOR SCH AS VOLUMES TAKE OFF

September has ended with SCH experiencing one of its busiest ro-ro weeks of the year by handling more than 8,000 cars and heavy wheeled units.

The hectic end to the month saw 12 ships handled during the final full week of September, coming on the back of the traditionally quieter August period.

Southampton’s Leading Handler of Deep-sea Ro-Ro

Nearly 6,000 of the ro-ro units were for export with destinations including the US, Middle East and Far East, while the biggest import shipment saw more than 750 Renault vehicles arrive from Europe. SCH is the port of Southampton’s leading handler of deep-sea ro-ro cargoes

The company, which handled a total of 220,000 ro-ro units in 2017, is now looking forward to a strong end to the year as volumes in the final few months continue to climb.

Director Lee Davis explained: “We’re gearing up for another busy month in October with our volumes during the current period probably as high as they have been at any time during the year.”

SCH HOSTS VISIT FROM WORLDWIDE GROUP OF PORT MANAGERS

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 CPS CONTRIBUTE TO SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE SUCCESS

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.”

SCH SUPPORTS CHRISTENING CALL OF AZAMARA PURSUIT

SCH pulled out all the stops to ensure that the visit to Southampton of Azamara Club Cruises’ new ship for her official christening ceremony was a success.

Having handled the Azamara Pursuit on two previous visits to Southampton earlier this summer, SCH was on hand to ensure a smooth disembark for hundreds of passengers as they left the ship after a  voyage to Iceland via ports in the UK and Ireland.

Then came the preparations for a spectacular christening ceremony in Southampton before the ship, which can accommodate over 700, made a short Channel cruise for specially invited guests.

Once Azamara Pursuit returned to port, SCH swung into action to get the ship ready for her final UK-based voyage of the season with baggage and stores needing to be loaded before she sailed  from Southampton for a cruise to the Iberian Peninsula.

With a hectic three days of moves within the port and a short cruise before the wide range of preparations needed for her departure for Western Europe, it was a case of three days of intense activity for the SCH teams.

Cruise Operations Manager Paulo Oliveira explained: “It was a demanding series of operations but a great opportunity for Azamara to highlight the qualities of their new ship and we were delighted to support Azamara Pursuit for this special call in Southampton .”

AZAMARA PURSUIT MAIDEN CALL TOPS BUSY SPELL OF CRUISE SHIP ACTVITY FOR SCH

Southampton Cargo Handling (SCH) has added another prestigious ship to its fleet of cruise ship clients after Azamara Club Cruises vessel Azamara Pursuit arrived in Southampton for the first time.

Azamara Pursuit, which can accommodate over 700 passengers, is the former P&O Cruises vessel Adonia and arrived in Southampton following an extensive refurbishment in Northern Ireland, which transformed her into the style of sister ships Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey.

Azamara Pursuit was introduced to hundreds of special guests before preparing for  her  inaugural cruise to Norway, with SCH providing baggage and storing services. She is scheduled for two further calls at the port in August, which will include a ceremony to officially christen her later in the month.

Cruise Ship Services

SCH and sister company Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) saw one of their busiest cruise ship weekends of the season at the end of July, providing  stevedoring and valet parking services for some  ten ships calling in the Port of Southampton.

Besides Azamara Pursuit, SCH supported Royal Caribbean International ships Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas while CPS provided car parking services for thousands of passengers joining a wide range of P&O, Cunard and Princess Voyages ships sailing from Southampton.

SCH Director Lee Davis explained: “The last weekend in July represented one of our busiest periods of the cruise ship season and we were particularly thrilled to support Azamara Pursuit for her inaugural call. She is another prestigious addition to the fleet of cruise ships that we handle.”

CUPCAKE CHEFS COOK UP A SUCCESSFUL FUND-RAISER IN PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON

Selling delicious cupcakes around the Port of Southampton was just the recipe for staff at SCH and sister company Pathfinder Personnel when they raised nearly £200 for national Alzheimer’s cupcake day.

Organisers gave hundreds of workers the chance to sample the decorated delights as they sold the home made cakes around the various ro-ro and cruise ship berths of the port.

The response was fantastic with port workers digging deep to enjoy the tasty cakes and at the same time contribute to a truly worthwhile cause. Organisers were delighted with the outcome, the latest in a series of charity fund-raising initiatives by SCH and Pathfinder.

SCH AND PATHFINDER HOPING FOR SWEET TASTE OF CHARITY SUCCESS

Staff at SCH and sister company Pathfinder Personnel are cooking up a sweet deal for June 14 when they take part in the national Alzheimer’s cupcake day.

Organisers are hoping the day has all the ingredients for raising plenty of cake cash as they set about baking their sponge delights to sell throughout the port of Southampton.

The plan is for the cupcake cooks to market their confectionary throughout the port’s berths where hundreds of workers will get the chance to sample the decorated delights as they work. It’s an opportunity for SCH and Pathfinder staff to support a truly worthwhile cause and organisers are hoping that their efforts will lead to significant sums being raised for the charity following previous money-raising successes for similar good causes.

SCH KICKS OFF 2018 SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE SEASON BY HANDLING FIRST UK CALL OF CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE

SCH has kicked off its 2018 cruise season in Southampton by supporting the first call in the UK by Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette.

The 2,886-passenger ship was launched in 2011 as the fourth of Celebrity Cruises’ five Solstice-class ships and boasts a number of new features compared to its sister ship Celebrity Eclipse, which SCH supported throughout her Southampton season last year.

Celebrity Eclipse was based in the UK for eight years and proved hugely popular, winning numerous best ship awards. Celebrity Silhouette will make more than a dozen calls in Southampton, offering a mix of seven- to 14-night Norwegian fjords, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean, Canaries and Azores, and Iceland and Ireland sailings until October.

Wide Range of SCH Cruise Services

SCH will supply a wide range of services, including mooring, baggage handling and stevedoring. The company will offer a similar rage of services to Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas, which will also use Southampton as their base UK ports this year, and Azamara Club Cruises.

Director Lee Davis commented: “We are delighted to add Celebrity Silhouette to the fleet of cruise ships that we handle and we are committed to ensuring that 2018 is a successful season for all our cruise customers calling in Southampton.”

 

SCH HANDLES FIRST OF MORE THAN 50 CRUISE SHIP OPERATIONS IN LIVERPOOL

SCH has handled the first of more than 50 cruise ship calls due in the port of Liverpool this year with the turnaround operation of Fred Olsen Line’s Black Watch.

The arrival of the first cruise visitor of 2018 saw a small number of passengers disembark Black Watch before 700 passengers were welcomed on board for an eight-night voyage to the Norwegian fjords.

SCH provided full mooring, baggage, stevedoring and car parking arrangements, the latter through its subsidiary Cruise and Passenger Services. This year, a new facility has been secured and adapted for valet parking services, which ensure peace of mind for passengers while they enjoy their cruise.

Black Watch will make 13 turnaround calls in Liverpool this season in using  the port as its UK hub of operations. SCH will also be handling turnaround calls by Cruise and Maritime Voyages, along with a host of transit calls by lines including Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Regent Cruise s and Holland America Line.

SCH Director Kevin Hulme explained: “We have  a well trained and experienced workforce in Liverpool who can provide a full service for ships calling in the port and we are committed to providing a first class operation that will continue to support Liverpool’s growth as a centre for cruise business.”

SCH TECHNICAL MANAGER ROB SMITH MAKES PROMISING START TO MOTORCYCLE RACE SEASON

SCH Motor

SCH Motoprep Technical Manager and Rob Smith made a promising start to this year’s motorcycle race season by securing three top five class finishes at Donnington in the first meeting of the season.


Rob was making his debut in the Thundersport GB club GP1 sportsman class after winning the Freshman class last season and his challenge this season will be boosted by riding an updated BMW S1000RR.

Having started 26th out of 40 on the grid after a frustrating qualifying session, Rob worked his way through the field in the first of the weekend’s  three races to finish third in his class and 18th overall, with his lap times ensuring a higher starting place on the grid for the second race.

Rob, who is supported by SCH in his racing endeavours, overcame a disappointing start to bag a fifth place in the second race and, after getting off to a better start in race three, had a great battle with Callum O’Shea for a few laps to eventually hold him off, securing a finish fourth in class and 17th overall.

It was a successful first outing on the SCH Motoprep BMW S1000RR and Rob is now looking forward to the next round at Oulton Park on April 21-22.