Berlin-based logistics company Zeitfracht has acquired a majority stake in Hamburg-headquartered OPUS Marine GmbH, a main service provider for the offshore industry. This way, a seldom-found combination of two specialists is in the making, offering customers tailored land, air and sea solutions along the entire supply chain.
Opus Marine’s business is focused on service provisions for enterprises engaged in offshore activities such as installation and maintenance of windmill farms in the North Sea or Baltic Sea or
heavy lift operations with floating cranes. What they lack so far is a partner, covering the entire supply chain from beginning to end securing the timely supply of goods.
This is where Zeitfracht comes into play, offering air services, trucking solutions and administrative as well as marketing support. Therefore, the company’s going together might not be a marriage in heaven but one that makes sense seen from a logistics and cost angle.
States head of Zeitfracht Wolfram Simon: “The activities of both partners perfectly complement each other and offer our clients added value by streamlining the supply chains.” According to him both companies aim to expand their activities particularly in the sector of renewable energies, thus catering for integrated overall solutions. He went on to say that a large number of components needed for operating offshore wind turbines profitably and safely stem from producers in Fareast or North America. “We organize the air transports of these items, including customs clearance and trucking, with Opus taking over responsibility for the last mile by shipping them to the offshore wind turbines.”
According to Bernhard Messer, Managing Director of the OPUS Group, "The opportunities arising from our two company’s partnership are huge. Not only can we deliver the entire logistics chain from one and the same source but our combined service guarantees wind farm operators turnkey solutions for a safe and reliable overall operation of their offshore wind turbines."
As both firms state, they intend to further grow the fleet of special-purpose vessels operated by OPUS.