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August 2019

Solent Stevedores celebrates diversity at Southampton Pride 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!

#pride2019 #solentpride #teamsolent #portofsouthampton

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June 2019

Congratulations to the Ditton Minors Rangers this season

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 and we wish them all the best for the next season.

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...

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Solent Stevedores invests in future of cruise at their Southampton Terminals
solent stevedores invests in track loader for use in the vessel holds at silvertown sugar refinery

May 2019

Solent Stevedores makes equipment investment to improve discharge efficiency at Silvertown refinery

Solent Stevedores have recently acquired a new CAT 953K Track Loader for use at the Tate & Lyle Sugar Refinery on the River Thames at Silvertown, at a cost of over £160K

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January 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.

This latest investment by the company which currently provides a service for over 80% of the cruise vessels calling in Southampton, has been made to further improve safety for operators, increase efficiency for customers and reduce emissions.

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Solent Stevedores invests in future of cruise at their Southampton Terminals
solent stevedores wins two awards at the IBJ Awards ceremony 2016

January 2019

Kate Thompson Peace interviews Fiona Robson in the ABP Report

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November 2018

Solent Stevedores delighted to win People Development Award at the IBJ Awards ceremony 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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solent stevedores wins two awards at the IBJ Awards ceremony 2016

September 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 from Solent Stevedores at 05:07, before arriving at iPort Rail at 14.33 on Tuesday afternoon, where its intermodal cargo was unloaded. New containers were loaded on, and the train departed at 18:04 back to Southampton, a service that will now run five days a week.

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GB Railfreight operates first commercial service from Port of Southamton to iRail Doncaster
solent stevedores opens new container storage yard at Lodon Gateway

May 2018

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

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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April 2018

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solent stevedores extend cruise contract with MSC Cruises

solent stevedores to open new empty container facility at London Gateway port, Thurrock

January 2018

The services provided will include mooring, baggage handling, and mobility assistance to guests, alongside loading stores and provisions to the vessels.

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November 2017

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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solent stevedores to open new empty container facility at London Gateway port, Thurrock

solent stevedores to open new empty container facility at London Gateway port, Thurrock

October 2017

Solent Stevedores have 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.


May 2017

Development work will commence next month, with the new yard due to be operational by the first quarter of 2018.

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solent stevedores to open new empty container facility at London Gateway port, Thurrock

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April 2017

The cruise ships involved will be 'Norwegian Jade', 'Nautica', 'Seven Seas Explorer', 'Marina', 'Norwegian Gateway', 'Norwegian Bliss', 'Norwegian Breakaway' and 'Norwegian Joy'.

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March 2017

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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thomson tui discovery at the port of southampton 2018

November 2016

stuart cullen from solent stevedores and Mr Fernando Clavijo, president of the Canary Islands goverment with latest tomato imports

Solent Stevedores and ABP have given an exclusive preview of Southampton port's upgraded fresh produce terminal to VIP clients from the Canary Islands.

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 on Tuesday 8 November.

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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October 2016

stuart cullen from solent stevedores and Mr Fernando Clavijo, president of the Canary Islands goverment with latest tomato imports

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.

In recent years the annual tonnage handled through the Southampton Bulk Terminal has been around the 850,000 mark.

However, due to the demand from bulk ship operators, and the productivity of the workforce, the magical 1 million tonne mark has been reached with 10 weeks remaining in 2016.

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October 2016

new fork truck fleet for fruit terminal southampton

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.

The trucks will help change the way we operate and improve productivity; the new machines are a more efficient design and fitted with batteries that last longer than our current machines - breakdowns will also be reduced.

The purchase of the new truck fleet is indicative of Solent Stevedores continued commitment to the Canary Islands fresh produce cargo coming through the Port of Southampton.

September 2016

pulverised fuel ash cargo at the port of immingham, uk - solent stevedores

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. The ship is equipped with a fully automated pneumatic loading and unloading system which is based on the fluidisation of cementitious products through the use of compressed air.

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September 2016

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

The new 3 year deal will see Solent Stevedores provide specialist turnaround services to all Fred Olsen vessel calls to Southampton until 2020. The contract underlines Solent Stevedores' position as a market leader in the cruise stevedoring industry, handling over 70% of all cruise calls to Southampton in 2016.

"We are delighted to renew our agreement with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Over the last 3 years our team has worked very hard to provide Fred Olsen guests with the highest level of customer service. Fred Olsen has an excellent product and we are excited to be part of their success in Southampton."

Tom Dynes
Operations Manager - Solent Stevedores

"Solent Stevedores has been providing our turnaround stevedoring services in Southampton since 2013. They have proven themselves to be a trusted supplier and we look forward to continuing to work with them to deliver in-port services to our guests in Southampton."

Angela Arnold
Port Operations Manager - Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

August 2016

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)

July 2016

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

June 2016

new telecaster at Silvertown refinery, londonSolent Stevedores 40ft containers are loaded with raw sugar using the £100k telestacker recently purchased by Solent Stevedores.

The containers - destined for Sweden at extremely short notice, were fitted with tarpaulin covers that are usually required to be removed by hand using a cherry picker and ladders. By using the telestacker, the tarpaulins were not required to be removed, estimated to save Solent Stevedores at least an hour and a half on loading time.

Using the telestacker not only saves time but reduces the risks associated with personnel having to climb ladders and manually remove tarpaulins. From start to finish, both containers were fully loaded with 25mt of Raw Sugar in less than an hour.

April 2016

openfield at the Port of Southampton


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.

November 2015

openfield at the Port of Southampton

"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

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July 2015

port of immingham - solent stevedoresFrom 6th July Solent Stevedores will commence the provision of stevedoring services to ABP at its in-dock berths at the Port of Immingham. This contract will involve Solent Stevedores providing stevedoring labour, management and mobile equipment to ABP to handle some 1.3 million tonnes each year of fertilizer, animal feed, coal, pet coke, gypsum, salt, scrap metal etc.

Stuart Cullen, Chairman and CEO of Solent Stevedores commented:

"This is an important new contract for Solent Stevedores. It enables us to further develop our relationship with Associated British Ports and gives a platform in the UK's largest port from where we can further grow our business.

We are an ambitious company that maintains great pride in the delivery of quality service to our clients as well as continually seeking to enhance employment opportunities for our workforce."


To find out more, please visit our Port of Immingham page >>

August 2015

Robert started working for Commodore and Condor Ferries Ltd in 1965 as a Part Time Office Junior, being made Permanent in 1966. 50 years later he completed his fabulous career as Office Manager for Solent Stevedores (Jersey) Ltd.

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July 2015

seawork at the Port of Southampton


Seawork, Europe's largest commercial marine exhibition and conference, recently closed its doors after another very successful event.

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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July 2015

openfield at the Port of Southampton


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.

In 2008 Openfield entered into an agreement with Solent Stevedores to redevelop one of the original Western Docks cargo sheds, built in the 1930's, as a TASSC approved grain store.

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June 2015


nigel graham retiresThe Curbridge football team is kindly sponsored by Solent Stevedores. They are a local team that primarily consists of a group of close school friends who saw this 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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May 2015

nigel graham retiresIt's not every day at Solent Stevedores when 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 Ocean Terminal, hung up his Hi-Vis jacket for the last time..

Nigel originally started work in the Port in 1967 when he left school. After gaining experience in a number of different roles he was promoted to the role of supervisor at 38/9 berth in 1978. Nigel supervised both Cruise and RoRo operations here, and has since continued to work servicing the cruise industry for a further impressive 37 years.

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March 2015

A Royal welcome for Britannia - photo courtesy of R.Spake

Looking resplendent in the afternoon sunlight, Solent Stevedores was on hand to tie her up and start the final preparations for what has been an action packed week of events showcasing the new ship. At 330m long, towering 70m high, and capacity to carry 4324 passengers, she really is a sight to behold.


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February 2015

manuel kadi welcomes Chancellor George Osbourne to the Fruit Terminal at the Port of Southampton

The chancellor visited the bulk and fruit terminals during his visit.


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February 2015

manuel kadi welcomes Chancellor George Osbourne to the Fruit Terminal at the Port of Southampton

Dear Perry and all at Solent Stevedores

After almost 25 years working for the Canary Islands Federation in Southampton, leaving will not be entirely easy but after taking the decision I am looking forward to my retirement.

It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with so many people from different teams under different flags. I am very proud of what we have collectively achieved.

Without the support and dedication of all those involved in the Canaries trade in Southampton, it would not have been possible to overcome all the difficult challenges we encountered along the way.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone at Solent Stevedores for the incredible support that you have given me. I thank you and I wish you all good health and the very best for the future.

Kind regards,
Manuel Kadi

January 2015

cruise division retirementsOn 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, meaning that each of them have achieved an outstanding 46 years of service in the Port. Over the years they have worked on a huge variety of different projects, and have seen a huge amount of change in the Port, which is a very different place today.

Mick, Alan and Dave all worked as General Duties or 'GD' operatives as part of our Cruise Division, a key role during Cruise Turnaround operations requiring a high degree of skill, knowledge, and experience. As a result, they were hugely valued members of the team, both for their depth of experience and also the ability to calmly solve practically any problem which they faced!

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October 2014

new CAT wheel loaders at Silvertown refinerySolent Stevedores has made its first investment of Cat® wheel loaders from Finning, with the purchase of two 950Ks. After re-negotiating its contract with the Tate and Lyle sugar 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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September 2014

In early August, Condor Ferries called upon Solent Stevedores to assist them with an operational crisis when the 'Commodore Clipper' ran aground in Guernsey. With this event occurring at the peak holiday time, the pressure was really on for Condor Ferries to maintain their summer schedule for both Passenger & Freight services. Solent Stevedores was asked to provide Stevedoring assistance both in Portsmouth and Guernsey and immediately mobilised teams to both venues to assist with the chartered vessel 'Toucan'.

Ian Jacobs CEO commented;

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June 2014

Solent Stevedores welcomes new appointments.

We were delighted to be joined by Tom Dynes who will take up the role of Operations Manager, and Zak McElvenny, Environmental Officer in June 2014 as part of company expansion.

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August 2014

Hollywood calls for Solent Stevedores

live another dayFollowing the completion of a successful season handling Canary Isles tomatoes, Solent Stevedores staff at the Western Docks Fresh Produce Terminal were asked, at very short notice, to provide facilities for filming of the well known TV series '24: Live Another Day' starring Keifer Sutherland (as Jack Bauer), Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Cheng Zhi (Tzi Ma) and Steven Fry as the British Prime Minister.

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July 2014

Workers all of a Twitter over rescue dog Bentley - Daily Echo

search and rescue dog bentleyAs reported by the Southampton Daily Echo, Trainee 'Search & Rescue' dog Bentley is a regular at The Port of Southampton with owner Nick Wright of Solent Stevedores.

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June 2014

Short term palletised storage space available - Western Docks, Port of Southampton

Solent Stevedores has 14,500sq.m of short term storage space available for palletised cargo between now and mid October 2014.

The space is in a secure and dry undercover warehouse facility for a minimum of one week's rental.

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January 2014

Solent Stevedores welcome LSLC Young Marine Professionals to Port of Southampton

Solent Stevedores was recently asked to host a visit of the LSLC Young Marine Professionals to the Port of Southampton, along with the main sponsors BMT Surveys and the Institute of Maritime Law. The visit took place on Friday 5th July and the 47 visitors witnessed the Port of Southampton in full operation on a glorious summer`s day.

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January 2014

Solent Stevedores wins twice-weekly Produce cargo contract at the Port of Southampton

fresh produce cargo handling - port of southamptonIt was announced in November 2013 that Solent Stevedores secured the Canary Island Fruit Contract.

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

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Wear it Pink!

Wear It Pink!When the Solent Stevedores team decided to join 'Wear it Pink' on 26 October to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, the team all played their part to help with the fundraising.

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Shipping & Marine Magazine: 'Solent Stevedores has achieved great success since last feature'

Shipping & Marine Magazine"Since being featured in Shipping and Marine in 2011, Solent Stevedores has achieved great success in its performance and contracts..." writes Shipping and Marine.

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Ship to Shore Crane Stretcher Rescue London

On 21st May 2013 whilst berthing the Mv Genco Bay alongside the Raw Sugar Jetty at Tate and Lyle, London, the Pilot called a medical emergency and asked for shore side emergency response as the Captain of the ship was having a suspected heart attack.

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Solent Stevedores discharges 1,000 tonnes of cable reels.

CableUntil relatively recently the export of cable and cable reels through the Port of Southampton was a regular event as the port was home to three cable ship operations.

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AFC Grains wins Senior 1 League Championship at first attempt.

AFC GrainsThe AFC Grains team was formed 6 years ago when Luke Osman, weighbridge operator at Solent Stevedores got a group of friends together to play in the bottom rung of the Southampton Saturday League.

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Surplus buses shipped from Jersey following new Liberty Bus contract

Connex BusesAfter the States of Jersey awarded the contract to LibertyBus to run the bus service in Jersey, the fleet of Connex buses which was surplus to requirements were shipped off the Island.

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Gottwald choose Solent Stevedores in Southampton to host customer visit

GottwaldSolent Stevedores operate a number of Gottwald Cranes at the Port of Southampton and were recently approached by Gottwald to show a prospective client around.

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