Preparations underway for P&O MV Iona

JAN 2020

Solent Stevedores, an award winning Stevedore and Terminal Operator based at the Port of Southampton, UK, is currently making preparations for the arrival of P&O’s new flagship: M/V Iona. The much anticipated largest vessel ever to be purpose built for the UK market is set to arrive at the Port in May 2020 and commence 7 night itineraries sailing to the Norwegian Fjords.

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Solent Stevedores prepares for MV Iona at Port of Southampton
3m new crane investment at port of southampton

Port of Southampton continues infrastructure investment with £3m crane

DEC 2019

ABP in Southampton has added to its quayside infrastructure with the delivery of its eighth quayside crane.

The Gottwald HMK 6507b, manufactured by Kone Cranes, has been delivered to Solent Stevedores’ Bulks Terminal at the Port of Southampton as part of an ongoing investment programme to ensure that ABP can continue to offer its customers the best services available.

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Solent Stevedores celebrates diversity at Southampton Pride 2019

AUG 2019

At Solent Stevedores we are proud of our diverse workforce - everyone is welcome!

Keen to show our support for #SouthamptonPride we asked our friends at Signs Express (Southampton) to help us wrap one of our new JCB Teletruks in some #pride livery!

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Solent Stevedores celebrates diversity for Pride 2019
congratulations to the Ditton Minor Rangers football team

Congratulations to the Ditton Minors Rangers this season

JUN 2019

We are thrilled to hear that the Ditton Minors Rangers came 4th in their league this year. Solent Stevedores sponsors the Ditton Minors Rangers Football kit, it is amazing to hear they are doing so well, only losing 3 games all season. We wish them all the best for the next season.

Solent Stevedores and Carnival UK extend relationship in five-year deal

MAY 2019

Solent Stevedores has recently signed a five-year deal with Carnival UK, one of four operating companies with the world’s largest cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc, that includes P&O Cruises and Cunard Line.

The deal will see Solent Stevedores continue to provide in-port stevedoring and turnaround services to around 300 Carnival Corporation branded ships calling at the Port of Southampton each year until 2024, further establishing the company’s reputation as a leading service provider in the cruise industry.

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Solent Stevedores extends contract with Carnival UK in five year deal
STILL electric fork lifts at Port of Southampton

Solent Stevedores invests in the future of cruise at Southampton

JAN 2019

Solent Stevedores has recently taken delivery of 33 fully electric counter balance fork lift trucks from STILL Materials Handling in preparation for the 2019 cruise season at the Port of Southampton.

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Kate Thompson Peace interviews Fiona Robson in the ABP Report

JAN 2019

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ABP Report Jan 2019 spread
IBJ Awards winners Ghent 2018

Solent Stevedores delighted to win People Development Award at the IBJ Awards ceremony 2018

NOV 2018

Solent Stevedores is proud to be associated with the 2018 International Bulk Journal Awards held in Ghent - celebrating excellence in the Maritime Bulk industry.

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GB Railfreight runs first commercial service to iPort Rail

SEPT 2018

On Tuesday 18th September, GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotive no. 66752, ‘The Hoosier State’ had the privilege of being the first freight train to arrive at the newly-opened iPort Rail inland port in Rossington, Doncaster.

The fully loaded service began its journey on Tuesday morning, departing Solent Stevedores at 05:07am...

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GB Railfreight runs first commercial service to iPort Rail
container storage yard opens at london gateway

Solent Stevedores opens new empty container yard at DP World London Gateway

MAY 2018

Solent Stevedores five-acre off-dock yard will offer a broad range of next-generation empty container handling and storage services from the UK’s most integrated deep-sea port and logistics hub.

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Record year underway for Solent Stevedores as contract extended with MSC Cruises until 2019

April 2018

It's been a busy start to the year for the Cruise Team at Solent Stevedores. Gearing up for a record 450 cruise calls in 2018, we are delighted to announce that we have been confirmed to supply in-port stevedoring and turnaround services to MSC Cruises until 2019.

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saga cruises signs 3yr contract with Solent Stevedores for cruise vessel turnaround services

3 year deal with Saga Cruises ends record year for Solent Stevedores’ cruise division

JAN 2018

Solent Stevedores has recently signed a 3-year agreement with luxury cruise operator, Saga Cruises to provide full in-port stevedoring and turnaround services to Saga Cruise vessels calling at the Port of Southampton until 2020

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New service from Southampton sees GB Railfreight continue to grow

NOV 2017

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has begun operating its first Intermodal service from the Solent Stevedores terminal at ABP Port of Southampton to ABP Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal.

This marks a significant expansion of GBRf's activities as it will be the second deep-sea port from which the company operates rail services.

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Congratulations to our team on their cup final win!

OCT 2017

We were delighted to hear that Beacons FC won - the boys did us proud amongst tough competition from Dartford FC in the U16 Selkent League Cup Final to come out on top 2-0.

The boys also won the Charity Shield, beating Pettswood FC 4-0

Solent Stevedores has sponsored Beacons FC football kit for the last 3 seasons, we're delighted to see the team doing so well and wish them all the best next season.

Solent Stevedores to open five acre container facility at DP World London Gateway

MAY 2017

A new off-dock empty container storage yard is to be opened at DP World London Gateway Port. Development work commences next month and the yard will be operational by the first quarter of 2018.

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Solent Stevedores to provide baggage and stores handling services to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd

Solent Stevedores selected to provide baggage and stores handling to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

APR 2017

Solent Stevedores is delighted to have been selected to provide baggage and stores handling services to all vessels operated out of Southampton in 2017 and 2018 by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Solent Stevedores secures Thomson Cruises' TUI Discovery in Southampton for 2018

MAR 2017

Thomson Cruises has today unveiled its summer 2018 programme which sees TUI Discovery based out of the UK for the first time, as well as the addition of 15 new ports of call, including Monaco, Ancona and Skiathos Town, and 12 brand new itineraries.

In September 2018 and in a first for Thomson Cruises, TUI Discovery moves to Southampton where it will finish its Summer, sailing four itineraries...

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Solent Stevedores to provide baggage and stores handling services to Thomson Cruises
Solent Stevedores showcases upgraded fruit terminsl chill storage facility

Solent Stevedores proudly showcases the upgraded Southampton Fresh Produce Terminal

NOV 2016

The President of the Canary Islands Government, Mr Fernando Clavijo, and representatives of the tomato growing and exporting federation, Fedex, toured the Fresh Produce Terminal.

Chairman and CEO of Solent Stevedores, Stuart Cullen, welcomed the visitors who are at the start of their tomato exporting season.

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Southampton Bulk Terminal breaks the magical million tonne mark in 2016

NOV 2016

Despite losing 15 acres of space to enable the expansion of the container terminal, the Southampton Bulk Terminal, operated by Solent Stevedores, has this week exceeded the magical million tonnes of cargo handled across berths 107-109 and the King George Vth Dock in the port’s Western Docks.

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Solent Stevedores showcases upgraded fruit terminsl chill storage facility
linde fork lift investment

Solent Stevedores takes delivery of new Linde MH Fork Truck fleet for Fruit Terminal at the Port of Southampton

OCT 2016

Solent Stevedores has purchased and taken delivery of a new fleet of 16 counter balance fork trucks from Linde MH, and their continued support in this operation was a major factor in awarding them the contract.

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Solent Stevedores opens new PFA terminal at the Port of Immingham

SEP 2016

The first ship to call at Solent Stevedores new PFA (pulverised fuel ash) terminal discharged her cargo on 23rd September 2016.

MV Ireland, an LNG-powered cement carrier, delivered over 2,200-tonnes of PFA into the new terminal.

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pfa terminal port of immingham
fred olsen cruise line contract extended

Solent Stevedores renews Fred Olsen Cruise Lines agreement

SEP 2016

Solent Stevedores has renewed its agreement with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to provide cruise stevedoring services in the Port of Southampton

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£8.3m boost for Fresh Produce Terminal

Aug 2016

Since commencing operations in the Port of Southampton in 2000, Solent Stevedores has gradually increased its range of activity, working closely with port owners ABP to finance significant improvements to port infrastructure. A recent example of this has been an £8.3m capital investment to upgrade crane and terminal facilities at the 104 berth Fresh Produce Terminal.

The investment will provide two new high capacity harbour mobile cranes plus upgraded Terminal facilities which include expansion of the temperature range available for the storage of fresh produce. The upgraded Fresh Produce Terminal project will increase the number of high capacity harbour mobile cranes operated by Solent Stevedores within the Port of Southampton to eight, which will enable the company to provide an extended service to a number of trades including fresh produce, project cargoes, containers and bulk cargo operations. (News item courtesy of ABP)

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New staff at Head Office

JUL 2016

Jodie Parker-Hall is one of our new members of staff. She came to us on work experience from the National Star College and following her fantastic work, secured a job at Solent Stevedores' Head Office on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Fi and Clare recently attended Jodie's graduation where she received awards for her Art Course and Personal Development. Jodie has also been offered an Internship next year at the National Star College.

New telestacker saves time and improves safety at Silvertown, London

JUN 2016

40ft containers are loaded with raw sugar at the Tate & Lyle Sugars refinery on the River Thames using Solent Stevedores' recently purchased £100k telestacker

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solent stevedores telestacker at silvertown refinery, london
linde fork lift investment port of jersey

Solent Stevedores Jersey takes delivery of 18 ton Linde forklift

APR 2016

Solent Stevedores Jersey Ltd has recently purchased and taken delivery of an 18ton counter balanced forklift from Linde, to build in resilience and complement the existing fleet of heavy forklifts for the LO/LO operations.

The purchase of this new forklift shows our continued commitment to provide an excellent service to the LO/LO operators and Ports of Jersey.

Customer Feedback

NOV 2015

"Solent Stevedores has the expertise and equipment to handle this type of cargo and, as usual, the job was undertaken in a timely and professional way.

Well done to all concerned!"

Simon Rowe - Shipping Agent, GP Shipping

unloading on behalf of gp shipping
new ABP contract at Port of Immingham

Solent Stevedores awarded new ABP contract at the Port of Immingham

OCT 2016

Solent Stevedores has been awarded a 3-year contract to provide dry bulk stevedoring services to Associated British Ports at the Port of Immingham.

From 6th July Solent Stevedores will commence the provision of stevedoring services to ABP at its in-dock berths at the Port of Immingham.

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Robert retires from Jersey operation after 50 years in Shipping

AUG 2015

As Robert Pallot retires from our Jersey Operation, we take a brief look back at his 50 years in Shipping.

Robert officially retired at the end of July, but has kindly offered to return for a couple of guest appearances a month to assist Greg and Glen in the office.

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seawork 2015 closes it's doors

Seawork closes its doors on another successful event at the Port of Southampton

JUL 2015

The Port of Southampton has hosted the event since 1998, originally at the QE11 Cruise Terminal, and more recently at the Canary Isles Fruit Terminal in the Western Docks, which provided more covered space for exhibitors as well as a larger area for on water displays.

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Openfield at the Port of Southampton

JUL 2015

Southampton is a strategic port in the Openfield portfolio, perfectly placed to service the company's central stores and grain suppliers and providing access to global export markets, primarily the many near-continent maltsters and brewers served by Openfield.

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openfield grain store southampton
curbridge football team wins the league

Curbridge football team wins the league!

JUN 2015

Curbridge is a local team that primarily consists of a group of close school friends who see football as a way of keeping fit, having a laugh and staying in touch.

This is only their second season together and after winning promotion in their first season they finished off as runners up in the cup final and won a league title where they had the best defence in the league and had the most clean sheets.

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Nigel Graham retires after 47 years at the Port of Southampton

MAY 2015

It's not every day we have to say goodbye to someone with nearly five decades of service, but that's what happened last week when Nigel Graham, Terminal Manager at the Ocean Terminal, hung up his hi-vis jacket for the last time after an incredible 47 years of service at the Port of Southampton.

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Brittania receives warm welcome at Port of Southampton - photo credit Richard Spake

A royal welcome for MV Britannia

MAR 2015

It's been a busy week for our Cruise Division at Solent Stevedores. P&O's latest addition and flagship to the fleet, MV Britannia, glided into Southampton Water last Friday after departing from the yard at Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy, where the £473 Million vessel was handed over to P&O days earlier.

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Chancellor George Osborne visits the Port of Southampton

FEB 2015

Solent Stevedores was delighted to welcome the Chancellor, George Osborne for a tour of our facilities on his recent visit to the port as part of a funding announcement of 27m for the area. The chancellor visited the bulk and fruit terminals during his visit.

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manuel kadi welcomes chancellor to the fruit terminal  - image courtesy of ABP

Canary Isles Federation Port Agent retires

FEB 2015

Manuel Kadi has worked for the Canary Islands Federation in Southampton for 25 years.

Manuel wrote to Solent Stevedores ahead of his retirement this year.

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Retirement of three long standing staff from the Cruise division

JAN 2015

On 30th January 2015 staff at our Southampton office gathered to say goodbye to 3 members of staff from our Cruise Division, who had between them achieved an incredible 138 years of service in the Port of Southampton.

Mick Patterson, Alan Randell, and Dave Wilson, all started working together in the Port of Southampton in 1969, and since then each of them has achieved an outstanding 46 years of service in the Port.

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CAT wheel loaders Silvertown, London

Shifting Sugar: Solent Stevedores makes first CAT® purchase, investing in two 950K Wheel Loaders

OCT 2014

Solent Stevedores Limited has made its first investment of CAT® wheel loaders from Finning, with the purchase of two 950K's. After re-negotiating its contract with the Tate & Lyle Sugars refinery, now owned by ASR Group, the port bulk handling specialists process sugar cane shipments from across the world, shifting raw sugar into the plant based on the Thames' edge in East London.

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