Project Cargo Handling - Southampton

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

Yacht 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.


Catamaran loading

loading catamaran at port of southamptonSolent 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

heavy machinery loading - port of southamptonWorking 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

heavy plant lifts port of southamptonMost 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

heavy equipment loadingBeer 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.

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"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"

GP Shipping

"Whilst the majority of cargoes moving through the Solent Stevedores Terminal in Southampton's Western Docks consist of bulk products, the company has a growing reputation for handling large project cargoes.

As a consequence, GP Shipping chose Solent Stevedores to load 4 heavy pieces, with a combined weight of 254 tonnes, containing pumps and parts, supplied by Switzer of Leeds and destined for a project in Singapore.

The cargo was loaded direct to ships hold from specialised transport on the quay using one of the port's heavy lift capacity mobile cranes.



"...your assistance and flexibility to the last minute requirements have been precious and therefore highly appreciated."

Peters and May

"I have now got back in control of my desk and my email inbox and, as promised to Jerry, I wanted to drop a couple of lines to thank all of you for the exceptional support during the yacht loading operation to the MV Flintermar on Sunday 1st June.

Given the late hours and the difficult situation encountered, your assistance and flexibility to the last minute requirements have been precious and therefore highly appreciated.

Thank you all and please pass this message on to the two crane operators who assisted us."


"As ever we could not fault the positive 'can do' attitude and flexibility that we, as vessel agents, have come to rely upon."

Denholm Wilhelmsen

"Thorco Cloud arrived at Southampton on 26th March 2014 to load a consignment of Gas Turbine Generators and Solent Stevedores was contracted initially to provide labour only from road transport to hook. As always Solent Stevedores performed these tasks with professionalism and care.

However, Solent Stevedores' strength has always been their flexibility and when a requirement for additional labour for on-board lashing was requested they were able to provide the man-power at very short notice. The Solent Stevedores team worked beyond their agreed 1900 hrs overtime shift completion time to ensure the vessel sailed ahead of schedule and helpfully provided loading slings on completion of the operation to assist the vessel with cargo discharge at its destination port.

As ever we could not fault the positive 'can do' attitude that they bring to a job and the flexibility that we, as vessel agents, have come to rely upon."


"A big thanks to Solent Stevedores and all those involved..."

DP World Southampton

"May I take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the recent discharge of Liebherr container crane components from the 'Palembang'. The original expectation was to complete the discharge and sail the ship on Sunday 29th September. However the discharge was completed this evening (Saturday 28th)

A big thanks to Solent Stevedores and all those involved in transporting the crane components to the crane build site over the course of the discharge, especially to those involved today to achieve the completion of discharge operation ahead of schedule."