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.

The services provided will including mooring and baggage handling to MSC Magnifica which is homeporting in Southampton for between April – October and sailing on itineraries to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Two other ships, MSC Preziosa and MSC Meraviglia, will be calling to the Port on Transit itineraries, and our services will culminate in March 2019 with the naming ceremony of their latest mega-ship – MSC Belissima – capable of carrying up to 5700 passengers.

Solent Stevedores’ cruise business has grown significantly in recent years and the company now handle 86% of the cruise vessels calling to Southampton.

Operations for 2018 are well underway: it is estimated that Solent Stevedores will provide in-port services to some 450 cruise ships1.8 million cruise passengerhandle 2.7 million suitcases, and load in excess of 100,000 tonnes of ship’s stores, cementing the company’s position as one of top cruise stevedoring suppliers globally.

solent stevedores extend contract with msc cruises

“It is fantastic to be working with MSC Cruises for another year and we look forward to further developing our relationship with them as we strive to provide the best possible service to their guests.”

Tom Dynes
General Manager - Solent Stevedores