Solent Stevedores provide the first choice for handling UK project cargo imports and exports. Based alongside deep water at the Port of Southampton, we operate in a key strategic position for international shipping lanes. Located within a short distance of the UK motorway network, we enjoy excellent road links to the rest of the UK.
With a wide range of equipment and a fully trained, experienced and flexible work force, Solent Stevedores is well placed to meet the lift-on, lift-off requirements of all types of project and general cargo.
Project Cargo Lifts
Using high capacity Port Harbour mobile cranes, Solent Stevedores regularly transfer yachts and other pleasure craft from vessel deck to quay/water or vice-versa. Similar cargoes have included hovercraft and passengercraft for the Red Funnel Ferry Company.
Our modular spreader lifting frame has a capacity of 100 Tonnes at lengths of up to 11m - ideal for Yachts and Heavy LoLo lifts.
Solent Stevedores successfully loaded two large Catarmarans previously used to transport passengers between Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight which were subsequently sold to a Russian company operating passenger services on the Black Sea.
The Catarmarans which had been laid up in Southampton Water for several months, were sailed over from Marchwood, and loaded direct from water to the vessel "OXYL Fantasy" which was berthed in the King George V Dock.
Heavy machinery loading
Working in close co-operation with local Port Agent, Denholm Barwil, Solent Stevedores loaded 18x40 tonne Terex excavators onto the deck of 'Atlantic Regine'
The machinery, built in Scotland, was safely loaded and secured ready for despatch to the port of Bata in Equatorial Guinea
Heavy Plant loading
Most of Solent Stevedores cargo handling work is undertaken within the confines of the 20 acre bulk terminal. However the company’s experienced staff were called upon to load three pre used CAT manufactured earth moving machines and 4 pieces of rock crushing machinery, with a total weight of 221 tonnes, at berth 41 in the Eastern Docks using the heavy lift cranes aboard the UAL Angola
Heavy equipment loading
Beer drinkers in Lithuania were no doubt raising their glasses to toast Solent Stevedores, as the company loaded a cargo of monster brewing vats to the MV Moana in the King George Dock. The vats, which came from a redundant brewery in Reading, were so large that specialist transport had to deliver them in under the plumb of the Port's 100 tonne Harbour Mobile Crane from where they were lifted and stowed safely on board.