“We have a long standing relationship with SCH for cruise ship handling that reflects the efficient and flexible performance that they provide for our UK operations. They play a valuable role in ensuring a seamless port operations service for our customers.”

Lotfi Trabelsi, Manager, Port Operations & Guest Port Services, Royal Caribbean International.

Southampton Cargo Handling, part of the Independent Port Handling Group (IPH), is the most extensive provider of stevedoring services in the UK.

We have supported the port and logistics sectors for more then 30 years and our expertise spans the full range of port services, including cruise and passenger services, discharging and loading cargoes and port terminal management which includes receiving and distributing cargoes.

Our skilled stevedores specialise in handling Cruise Operations, RORO and Project Cargo vessels, working closely with shipping lines to ensure smooth, punctual ship turnarounds.

SCH is the most experienced stevedore in the Port of Southampton and is the major handler of for deep-sea RORO shipments in the port, including both vehicles and high and heavy cargoes. We take pride in our commitment to delivering unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and precision in every aspect of your cargo handling needs. 

At SCH, we believe that exceptional talent is the cornerstone of our success, and that’s why we’ve gone the extra mile by establishing our own in-house specialist recruitment agency.  Our specialist labour agency Pathfinder Personnel enables us to respond to peaks in demand and this strategic initiative sets us apart.

IPH also comprises cruise valet parking specialists  Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS), which is responsible for parking some 90,000 passenger vehicles each year in Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Dover and Tilbury.