New marine travel service formed

May 10 2019

Travel management company BCD Travel and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), have formed a new joint venture to create a specialised global marine travel services offering.

The joint venture boosts BCD’s expansion of its global Energy, Resources & Marine practice, by adding specialised services for the marine sector.

This partnership offers additional value to clients through the synergies shared between the companies, including:

•             Comprehensive crew management applications and digital marine solutions developed through BSM’s technology division MariApps, which make it easier and more efficient to manage seafarers’ travel and logistic requirements.

•             BSM’s deep understanding of seafarer needs based on over 30 years of experience managing challenging crew changes and travel for seafarers, and a heritage of over 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, featuring itinerary management, relevant messages to travelers, safety information, and hotel booking functionality (when applicable by policy) to keep travelers engaged and organised.

•             BCD’s DecisionSource analytics and intelligence platform, enabling maritime operations to gain insights and drive better decisions across both crew and corporate travel spend.

“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,” said Stewart Harvey, BCD Travel President–EMEA.

“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,” said Yiannis Sykas, BSM Director of Strategy and Product Development.


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