Global TMC BCD Travel has formed a joint venture with integrated maritime solutions provider Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to create a specialised marine travel services offering.

The partnership bolsters BCD’s expansion of its global Energy, Resources and Marine division and the TMC says it will add specialised services for its clients in the marine sector.

BCD says the joint venture with BSM will create added value for clients through synergies shared between the companies, including:

  • Crew management applications and digital marine solutions developed through BSM’s technology division MariApps
  • BSM has 30 years’ experience managing crew changes and travel for seafarers, as well as a heritage of more than 135 years in the maritime industry
  • A global network and the ability to provide comprehensive travel management services at scale
  • Additional in-country servicing with marine expertise in key shipping locations around the world
  • Further access to specialised marine and offshore content
  • BCD’s TripSource trip management platform, which features itinerary management, relevant messages to travellers, safety information and hotel-booking functionality
  • BCD’s DecisionSource analytics and intelligence platform, enabling maritime operations to gain insights and drive better decisions across both crew and corporate travel spend.

Stewart Harvey, BCD Travel president – EMEA, said: “BCD recognises that the marine sector has nuances. Our new joint venture with BSM not only brings specialised expertise in the maritime industry to our current and prospective clients, it allows both companies to utilise the best technology and service offerings available in their respective sectors – all at the optimal level of service and cost.”

Yiannis Sykas, BSM director of strategy and product development, added: “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.”

bcdtravel.com/erm; bs-shipmanagement.com