SMS Notches Another First in Cruise Ship Handling

Ocean Nova In Portsmouth

Ocean Nova is the latest new cruise ship visitor to Portsmouth to be handled by SMS

Cruise specialists Southern Maritime Services (SMS) have notched another first in ships handled with the maiden visits to Portsmouth International Port (PIP) by the exclusive Noble Caledonia vessel Ocean Nova.

The specialist expedition ship, with capacity for only 84 passengers, has made two calls at PIP as part of her itinerary of round Britain cruises.

SMS, the exclusive cruise handler at PIP, handled passenger baggage and loaded stores such as fresh produce during the Ocean Nova’s turnarounds, completing her second call before sailing on a ten-day cruise to various bird islands around the UK West Coast, including the Isles of Scilly, Lundy, Portrush and St.Kilda before completing the voyage in Oban.

Ocean Nova is one of more than 30 cruise ship calls at PIP this season, all being handled by SMS. General Manager Alex Fernandez explained: “The cruise ship season is now fully underway. PIP is attracting a number of new visitors and SMS is delighted to play its part in helping the port’s cruise business to expand.”

SMS Handles Maiden Call at Portsmouth by Noble Caledonia’s Sea Explorer

Noble Caledonia

SMS handled Noble Caledonia’s Sea Explorer on her maiden call at Portsmouth

Cruise ship specialists Southern Maritime Services (SMS) have handled the Noble Caledonia vessel Sea Explorer for the first time at Portsmouth International Port (PIP).

The luxury cruise ship, with capacity for just 114 passengers, made her maiden call at PIP when she started a UK and Ireland cruise. It was the first of two calls she is due to make this season with both being supported by SMS as PIP’s exclusive cruise ship handling company.

SMS provided ship’s agency, stevedoring and baggage handling services to Sea Explorer, including loading stores for the six-day voyage.

Sea Explorer’s two calls are among nearly 40 cruise ships that SMS will handle in PIP this year.

“Sea Explorer is a small and exclusive ship whose passengers expect premium service and a smooth turnaround operation is essential to maintain the standards that the ship sets,” explained SMS Director Paul Kempton.