Speaking at CrewConnect Europe earlier today, global maritime financial services company ShipMoney has advised maritime leaders that reducing the amount of cash onboard can help in the industry’s drive towards sustainability.
Addressing delegates in Copenhagen, ShipMoney President Stuart Ostrow said: “As the industry continues to look for sustainable initiatives, why are seafarers incurring extra costs just from receiving their wages in cash? Sending money back home and exchanging money at port all add up to unnecessary costs for seafarers, in an age when wire-transfers and card payments are as regular as clockwork. “By adopting a digital payment strategy and reducing the amount of cash onboard, Masters and seafarers can build a sustainable initiative, which will save time and money.
For seafarers, absorbing exchange rates and the cost of sending money can make a huge difference in their monthly pay packet. Using an online porthole and reducing these costs, will give seafarers more power over how much money they send home, and how they spend it. This doesn’t mean to say that vessels should be cashless, rather just have less cash.”
Mr Ostrow’s comments following earlier warnings he gave ship managers and owners about the escalating costs of transporting cash to vessels.
“For an average fleet of 50 vessels and 20 crew onboard each ship, the costs of transporting cash can be in excess of $580,000 per annum,” he said earlier this year.
Maritime Payment Solutions, LLC (d/b/a ShipMoney) is an industry leading provider of payment solutions for maritime companies throughout the world facilitating crew payroll payments, international corporate remittances, money transfers, mobile top-ups, payroll advances, onboard expenses and all other forms of shoreside and onboard payments. The founder of ShipMoney, Stuart Ostrow, was directly responsible for, and instrumental in the initial development of prepaid payment programs for the cruise line industry. ShipMoney is the second generation of that endeavour. ShipMoney is an operating subsidiary of Global Technology Partners, LLC. GTP is one of the largest international prepaid payment processors in the world providing services and programs in over 30 countries.