Valet parking specialist Cruise and Passengers Services (CPS), in conjunction with its sister companies, are scheduled to handle some 450 cruise ship calls at ports throughout the UK in 2022.
The increased volumes, which are expected to restore business to pre-pandemic levels, will include port operations at Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Dover. CPS operates services for all four ports, while sister companies SCH and Southern Maritime Services (SMS) carry out stevedoring operations in Southampton, Liverpool and Portsmouth.
Last year marked the return of cruising in the UK after an empty 2020, although the nature of cruising changed with intra-UK and shorter cruises taking the lion‘s share of business at major cruise ports.
Getting back to normal overseas itineraries is likely to produce an increase in passenger numbers, with a resulting beneficial effect on CPS, SCH and SMS.
Operations have been adapted to ensure a high level of health and safety regulations are implemented to minimise Covid infection risks, with CPS working closely with each individual port to meet requirements.
CPS’ expanding network of valet parking operations at UK cruise ports has also seen the company take on a bookings role for cruise facilities at Tilbury.
Director Lee Davis explains: “Our focus going forward is on expanding the range of cruise ship support that we can provide to produce a seamless offering including baggage handling, stevedoring, mooring and valet parking.”