In 2011 German Renewables Shipbrokers GmbH was established by industrial engineer Philippe Schönefeld and naval architect Matthias Mross. After a period of rapid growth, GRS quickly became the market leader in Europe, and in 2015 the company was renamed Global Renewables Shipbrokers GmbH. The Hamburg-based company owes this success mainly to its diverse team of outstanding and dedicated experts who support client projects every day. Thanks to their skills and in-depth knowledge, we can offer our customers a broad range of services.
In 2021, GRS became GRS.GROUP with the business units GRS.Offshore Renewables and GRS.Ferry+Cruise.
GRS.Offshore Renewables focuses on Strategy+Sourcing as turnkey consultancy providing project management and tender support, on Marine Assets such as Chartering, Sale and Purchase, offshore Equipment and INVEST+FINANCE.
MEANWHILE GRS.Ferry+Cruise provides professional services in Chartering, Sale and Purchase and “MICE” specifically for ferry and cruise vessels.
Since 2011, the GRS story has been picking up pace. From two to over twenty team members. From one to five global offices. From newcomer to the world market leader. From ship brokerage to a full service provider.
Here are some of the milestones that have shaped us and spurred us onwards as we continue to evolve in a time of global change.
Founded by Matthias Mroß and Philippe Schönefeld as German Renewables Shipbrokers GmbH
Becomes world market leader in the field of offshore renewables brokerage
Brokers their first transport and installation commission for a complete wind farm
The service portfolio is expanded with the addition of brokerage of offshore equipment (chartering and selling) service portfolio
The company is renamed to reflect its global alignment better, becoming GRS Global Renewables Shipbrokers GmbH
Establishes an office in Aberdeen, Scotland
Establishes an office in Paris, France
Portfolio expansion with turnkey brokerage (full-service solutions to minimize interfaces)
GRS obtains the exclusive turnkey brokerage commission for the DC platform BORWIN 3 and brokers 12 different vessels into the project
First conclusion of a charter contract for an offshore project in Asia
First turnkey brokerage (transport and installation) commission for a converter station
First turnkey brokerage (transport, installation, and removal) commission for a tidal power station
First turnkey brokerage (transport and installation of foundations) for a wind farm in Asia
Strategic partnership with development consultancy SerFac in South Korea
GRS establishes an office in Taipei, Taiwan
Start of strategic partnership with COLI Schiffahrt & Transport GmbH & Co. KG in the offshore renewables market in Japan
for further diversification and portfolio expansion, GRS.Ferry+Cruise is founded as a new area of expertise
as a portfolio expansion, GRS.Invest+Finance is founded as a new business unit, advising on financial or strategic investments in Offshore Wind and Maritime Projects
as a portfolio expansion, GRS.Strategy+Sourcing is founded as a new business unit, offering consultancy from early concept development through tender to closing for Offshore Renewables projects
GRS.Group is founded to organize the areas of expertise GRS.Offshore Renewables and GRS.Ferry+Cruise under one umbrella
new website is launched to reflect GRS Group with its areas of expertise, GRS.Offshore Renewables and GRS.Ferry+Cruise
Lausanne headquartered shipbroker IFCHOR becomes a strategic partner and investor in GRS.
the company is renamed GRS.OFFSHORE RENEWABLES GmbH. This name emphasises the holistic approach of all services in the value chain of an offshore wind farm.
GRS Establishes a sales representation Office in Melbourne – Australia.
GRS Establishes a sales representation Office in New York CITY – USA.