Fresh Produce Handling - Southampton

Solent Stevedores provide the first choice for handling and quayside storage of fresh produce imports for distribution across the UK.

Based alongside deep water at the Port of Southampton with a flexible temperature controlled storage facility, we operate in a key strategic position for international shipping and enjoy excellent road and rail distribution links to the rest of the UK.

Fresh Produce Handling and Storage

The Canary Island Produce trade has been running into Southampton for the past 22 years. The fresh produce which includes tomatoes and cucumbers arrives from Tenerife and Las Palmas on vessels twice weekly between November and May.

Our temperature controlled holding facility at the Canary Island Terminal in Southampton covers 14,500 square metres divided into three separate chambers capable of handling a variety of temperatures and products.

Since assuming responsibility for operating the Terminal, Solent Stevedores has commenced a training programme tailored to the terminal and its trade, which will create a more flexible workforce and improve the services that it can deliver.

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"since the transition Solent Stevedores have faced a variety of challenges some new to the operation itself, however the experience and skill of the labour force in handling the palletised fruit proved invaluable to achieve a very fast and safe discharge operation and ensure the ships sail on time".