UK-based SCH handled about 150 calls around the UK this summer
SCH (Southampton Cargo HandlingWarehousing) director Lee Davis commented: “This summer’s operations have again demonstrated our role as the UK’s most extensive provider of cruiseship services, with the SCH parent group also responsible for valet parking tens of thousands of passenger cars.”
The biggest number of ships was handled in Southampton. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises provided the mainstay of the eight-month season, with Independence of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas operating a full programme of cruises throughout Northern Europe.
SCH’s baggage and stores handling capability contributed to Liverpool maintaining its role as the northern hub of UK cruising with more than 50 turnaround and transit calls, according to SCH. Further winter calls are scheduled for Fred Olsen Line’s Black Watch.
SCH’s sister company Southern Maritime Services provides cruiseship services in Portsmouth which hosted more than 40 turnaround and transit calls including Saga Cruises calling in the winter.