SCH has seen a significant increase in heavy ro-ro operations in the year to date with loading and discharge operations through the port of Southampton both increasing.

Exports of heavy ro-ro units such as construction equipment grew by 36 per cent in the nine months to the end of September compared to the corresponding period in 2021.

Even more impressive is the rise in discharge operations of heavy ro-ro with totals reaching over 2,000 units – nearly eight times the corresponding period in 2020.

SCH, the port’s leading handler of heavy ro-ro cargoes, serves lines such as Hoegh, NYK and Glovis in Southampton with destinations including the Middle East, Far East, United States and Africa.

Part of the increase results from cargo being transhipped from one deep-sea ro-ro service to another in Southampton but there has also been a rise in both outbound and inbound heavy ro-ro construction equipment as economic activity ramps up post-Pandemic.

SCH Director Lee Davis commented: “After the inevitable global slowdown last year, heavy ro-ro cargo volumes through Southampton have increased steadily this year and we expect to see this maintained to the end of 2021 and hopefully beyond.”