INTEGRATED maritime solutions company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has teamed up with BCD Travel to create a specialised global marine travel services business.

The joint venture seeks to expand BCD’s expansion of its global Energy, Resources & Marine practice, adding specialized services for the marine sector.

Special features include:

  • Crew management applications and digital marine solutions developed through BSM’s technology division MariApps;
  • Provision of global travel management services;
  • In-country servicing with marine expertise in key shipping locations;
  • Access to specialised marine and offshore content.

BCD Travel president Stewart Harvey said BCD recognised the marine sector had nuances.

“Our new joint venture with BSM not only brings specialized expertise in the maritime industry to our current and prospective clients, it allows both companies to utilize the best technology and service offerings available in their respective sectors—all at the optimal level of service and cost,” Mr Harvey said.

BSM director of strategy and product development Yiannis Sykas said the maritime sector was rich in history and tradition, and those operating within it must understand that.

“Our new joint venture couples BSM’s specialised technology and deep understanding of the needs of clients in the maritime industry with BCD’s global scale and highly regarded corporate travel expertise, bringing to the market an unparalleled service offering,” Mr Sykas said.