Höegh Autoliners, one of SCH’s major ro-ro customers in the Port of Southampton, has announced that its Europe to Middle East service has been extended by adding further port calls in Asia to the schedule.

The service now offers shippers two direct sailings per month from Höegh’s main ports in Europe, to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Japan and South Korea are offered via transhipment in Singapore.

The first sailing on the new schedules commenced with Höegh Chiba, which was loaded by SCH in Southampton on January 22.


Roll-on/roll-off cargo specialists SCH have secured a contract to discharge Ford vehicles arriving at the port of Liverpool from the US and Europe.

SCH, which handles more than 200,000 ro-ro units a year, discharges twice weekly shipments of Ford cars and vans to adjacent port standing, for onward transport to Ford dealers.

The shipments from Ford’s factories in the US and Europe are carried on Atlantic Container Line con-ro ships, with predicted volumes of over 25,000 vehicles per annum.

SCH already carries out cruise ship work in Liverpool, turning round or handling the transit calls of more than 50 ships a year through the Merseyside port using local labour.

The same personnel now have the opportunity to join the ro-ro team, which is supplemented by additional local agency staff.

SCH Director Ian Morrison commented: “Throughout the group, we handle over 200,000 ro-ro units a year in addition to port terminal and railhead management activities. This extension of our business to include Ford models arriving in Liverpool further underlines our credentials as a leading UK handler of vehicle cargoes.”


SCH has completed a successful summer season for cruise ship services with some 150 ships handled around the UK.

The biggest number of ships was handled in Southampton were Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises provided the mainstay of the eight-month season, with RCI’s Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas operating a full programme of cruises throughout Northern Europe.

SCH’s expertise in baggage and stores handling also helped to ensure that Liverpool maintained its role as the northern hub of UK cruising with more than 50 turnaround and day calls. Further winter calls are scheduled for Fred Olsen Line’s Black Watch ship.

Portsmouth, where SCH’s sister company Southern Maritime Services provides exclusive cruise ship services, hosted more than 40 turnaround and calling cruise ship calls, while the programme will also continue into the winter with Saga Cruises operating its vessel Saga Pearl II from the port.

SCH Director Lee Davis commented: “This summer’s operations have again demonstrated our role as the UK’s most extensive provider of cruise ship services, with the SCH parent group also responsible for valet parking tens of thousands of passenger cars.”


SCH Motoprep Technical Manager Rob Smith finished a creditable fourth in his Thundersport GB club GP1 Sportsman class after completing three top four finishes in the final races of the season at Snetterton.

Going into round eight of the campaign, Rob rode his BMW S1000RR bike into third in his class in the opening race of the weekend. Reaching speeds of around 180 mph, he then achieved fourth place finishes in his class in the two Sunday races, meaning that he was confirmed in fourth place in the Thundersport class for the season.

Having suffered a broken collar bone and mechanical issues during the summer, it was a good performance in his first season in the class, having won the Freshman Class last year. Rob, who is supported by SCH in his racing endeavours, will now move up a further class next year when he takes on the Elite series.

He explained: “It has been a bit of a mixed season with the injury and engineering challenges but I’ll be working hard to come out fitter, stronger and faster next summer as we step up a class.  Overall, I’m happy with the way things have gone and delighted with the great support that I’ve had. I couldn’t have done it without the people who have backed me all the way.”


SCH has played its part in helping the port of Southampton raise more than £6,000 for three local charities after donating its car park for weekend use by visitors to the Southampton Boat Show.

The car park at Pathfinder House, where SCH’s Motoprep business is based, was one of several Eastern Docks spaces where Boat Show visitors paid to park.

The initiative was organised by port of Southampton security guards Steve Russell and Colin Ferraday.

Of more than £6,000 raised, £2,161 went to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, with just over £2,000 each going to Wessex Cancer Trust and Solent Dolphin, the charity that organises boat trips for people with disabilities.

Through charitable support, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance brings an advanced Critical Care Team to people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight when they need it most.

In a thank you letter to June Furzey, HR Manager at SCH’s Pathfinder personnel agency, Wessex Cancer’s Community Events and Fund Raiser Charlotte von Sicard said: “The Trust aims to help all children, teenagers and adults in the Wessex area who are living with cancer, when and where they need it. Thank you again, your generosity will help us to continue to support those affected by cancer.”


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.”


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.



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 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 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.