Marine Services

SCPS provides ship mooring and support services including shipwrights, marine surveys, marine engineering and mooring gangs, 24/7 at the Port of Southampton. We are privileged to supply services to major container facilities and international container shipping lines in the UK.

We have a history of reliable and professional skills provision to port operators on the south coast of the uk. We deliver flexible and cost efficient solutions to all aspects of port operations and have worked with our customers over a number of decades.

We provide a responsive service to meet client needs, however big or small the requirement. In the unlikely event that skills required are not available, we will undertake any training necessary.

We provide a high level of service underpinned by strict Health and Safety application and training which is paramount in container terminal operations. The standards applied reflect our commitment to our employees, our clients and their customers. As a contract stevedore our core principles are to ensure a highly trained and empowered workforce.

Mooring services

Support available from two hours notice

Customers requiring mooring can call on our services with just two hours notice to arrange mooring support at The Port of Southampton. Our experienced boatmen, mooring teams and dedicated mooring launches are available 24/7. Whether you need small or larger scale support, our duty foreman can advise on your requirements.

Our customers and experience

Our mooring services are used by all major shipping lines and one-off callers at the Port of Southampton, UK. South Coast Port Services has been providing mooring services at the Port of Southampton for more than six decades.

Marine surveys

A full range of services including Cargo Surveys, Container Packing/Unpacking Surveys and Draft Surveys for bulk and specialist cargo customers.

Our Marine Surveyors are experienced with all types of cargo including all bulk cargoes, forest products, steel products, fruit cargo, refrigerated cargo, containerised cargo, liquid cargo and roll-on roll-off cargo, to name a few.

Cargo Surveys

Pre-Shipment Survey: (check condition of cargo prior to shipment, note damage and assist master with clauses)

Out-Turn Cargo Surveys: (monitoring condition of cargo during/after discharge, noting any damages)

Damaged Cargo Surveys: (ascertaining the nature, cause and extent of damage)

Project Cargoes: (advising and overseeing loading/discharge of specialist cargoes)

Heavy Lifts: (advising and overseeing loading/discharge of heavy lift cargoes incl. stowage & lashing plans / calculations)

Container packing/unpacking surveys

Hazardous Cargoes: (ensuring correct stowage and separation)

IMDG Container Pre–shipment Inspections

Lashing and Securing: (ensuring cargo is adequately lashed and secured prior to sailing)

Transit Damage: (advising and overseeing loading/discharge of specialist cargoes)

Containerised Cargoes: (ascertaining the nature, cause and extent of damage)

Draft surveys: To establish cargo tonnage loaded / discharged as a result of calculation from the readings of the vessels drafts, tank soundings and the interpolation of the hydrostatic information at the Initial & Final Surveys

Launch assistance

Our launches assist as required by our clients with survey operations at The Port of Southampton. Where required we can also assist with tasks such as fender movements and safety drills.

Our launch services are used by port operators and major shipping lines. As well as being used by the Mooring and Survey teams, our launches are able to provide a variety of services in and around the port.

No job is too big or too small!

Shipwright services

Cargo securing and supplies

SCPS supplies Shipwright support including timber supply and securing for project cargoes, container lines and other clients at the Port of Southampton and London Container Terminal. Whether you need small or larger scale support, our duty foreman or marine surveyor can advise on your requirements.

Our Shipwright services are used by all major shipping lines and one-off callers at the Port of Southampton, UK.

Are you looking for a career in a UK port?

Graypen/GP Shipping has enjoyed many years of outstanding service from SCPS. Recent activity includes superb assistance in re-lashing steel coils on our vessel 'Baltic Skipper'. From quotation to completion of work every aspect was totally professional and completed within the agreed time frame and cost. Your staff are a real asset and a credit to your company.”

Simon Rowe, Dry Cargo Operations Manager - GP Shipping

SCPS has successfully supplied contract stevedoring services to DP World Southampton over many years. We have found their employees well trained, highly skilled and dedicated in supplementing our own highly skilled team.

Chris Lewis, DP World, Southampton

SCPS have been an important component of the integral mechanism that has made the port of Southampton a functional, reliable and cost effective conduit to the UK ’s commercial and private sectors for many years. The services that SCPS provide are diverse and reliable and they are a trusted partner to many businesses working through the port.

Tony Feerick, UK Operations Director - APL (UK)

Solent Stevedores has enjoyed many years of outstanding support from SCPS, affording our company the flexibility to cope with the peaks and troughs of our trade. As a key supplier to Solent Stevedores, SCPS have expanded their skill base in line with the demands of our company. Their open and straightforward approach to business compliments our own philosophy very well. Competitive and reliable with good management, we look forward to many more years of what has been an excellent working relationship.

Stuart Cullen, CEO - Solent Stevedores Ltd

We have enjoyed a close working relationship with South Coast Port Services Ltd at Southampton for over 10 years, utilising their services as linesmen to NYK RoRo vessels under our agency. Their service levels are very professional and have proven themselves to be 100% reliable on a 24/7 basis. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.

Martyn Wilson, Premiership Ltd

We have always found the services of South Coast Port Services to be First Class in all areas. Professional, reliable, and always willing to go the extra mile!

James Comber, Wainwright Group

As a Port agent working within the Port of Southampton, South Coast Port Services offer us a professional, flexible and cost effective solution for all of our vessel Mooring and Unmooring requirements. With a proactive approach we are confident that SCPS will always be able to offer our vessels a service which ensures timely arrival and departure. In recent years SCPS have extended their remit of services to include draft surveys and Dangerous Cargo inspections all of which add great value to the services we can offer to our clients

Paul Cross, Branch Manager - Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd

Do you need specialist port staff?

Our personnel are trained to customer requirements and are available on a temporary or permanent basis. We are proud of our status as the biggest and most successful contract stevedore in the country and continue to provide a high standard and quality of service to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Contact us

Southampton Head Office
Canute Chambers, Ocean Way
Southampton SO14 3TU

Southampton Container Division
204-207 Western Docks
Southampton SO15 1DA

London Gateway
1 London Gateway, Stanford Le Hope
Essex SS17 9DY

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