SCH (Southampton Cargo Handling)
SCH is the UK’s most extensive provider of cruise ship services with operations centred on ports including Southampton and Liverpool, while sister company Southern Maritime Services (SMS) provides services in Portsmouth International Port (PIP). SCH supplies mooring, baggage handling and stores loading and is part of the Independent Ports Handling (IPH) group, which also includes Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) and security specialists Viper Maritime Security (VMS). CPS carries out valet car parking services in Southampton, Liverpool, Oban and Portsmouth, with Carnival UK the major customer in Southampton. SCH is scheduled to handle around 150 turnaround calls into the UK during 2018 with customers including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Cruise and Maritime Voyages and Fred Olsen Line. The most prestigious cruise celebrations to be supported by SCH in Southampton this year are the re-launch of RCI’s Independence of the Seas, following a major refit that will see additional cabins and other exciting features added, and the naming and inaugural call in August of Azamara’s new ship Azamara Pursuit, formerly P&O’s Adonia.