SMS has entered into a partnership arrangement with the SCH Group of companies including Southampton Cargo Handling Ltd (SCH), Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS) and Pathfinder Personnel Ltd to. The SCH Group is owned by Independent Port Handling (IPH) and comprises three companies:

SCH is one of the South Coast’s leading cargo handlers looking after some of the largest deep sea Roll on and Roll off vessels operating in the port of Southampton. All staff are trained to the ITSSAR standard in handling and loading a large variety of Plant, machinery, high and heavy vehicles, and cars. SCH prides itself on its excellent service provision has the best high and heavy cargo loading teams in the port. SCH also services some of the largest cruise ships turning around in the Port of Southampton and handles over 4000 passengers and crew on one ship alone. SCH offers a complete solution to cruise ship and terminal operators for all their turnaround needs, tailoring services to meet the needs of each ship and location from planning through to implementation, working with or controlling existing service suppliers.

Cruise and Passenger Services Ltd (CPS) is a subsidiary of SCH Ltd specialising in support services to the cruise industry. Providing a wide range of services, including carparking facilities, to over 250 passenger ships a year in the Port of Southampton, it is the UK’s largest and most experienced operator in this sector. CPS customers include Cunard, P&O and Princess cruises. CPS offers passenger handling and check-in services, stores and baggage handling, mooring, simple car repairs and car parking.


Pathfinder Personnel is a recruitment agency providing temporary and permanent labour solutions to the Industrial, Commercial and Driving sectors from its three locations in Southampton, Portsmouth and Sheerness. Our head office in Southampton works closely with some of the South Coast’s leading providers of stevedores, cruise services and vehicle logistics in Southampton Docks but also supporting clients within a 25-mile radius of Southampton. The Portsmouth office primarily supports local clients in the cruise and marine industries.

Our Sheerness office provides a wide range of stevedoring and driving services directly to the port authority in Sheerness as well as to local ports at Ridham, Shoreham and Thames Wharfingers.