Shipping companies are paying out unnecessary high costs by continuing to pay seafarers with cash, says leading financial services provider ShipMoney who is currently attending the ACI HR and Crew Management Summit in London.
EVP of European Business Development, Greg O’Connell says that on an average fleet of 50 ships, operators face spending nearly $500,000 in delivering cash to vessels. Annually more than $6 billion in hard currency is delivered to the global merchant fleet.
With the cost of delivering cash ranging from 3% to 10% of the value being transported in some markets, shipping companies are losing significant amounts of money by paying crew via hard cash or wire transfers, ShipMoney says.
The company offers shipping operators an alternative method for paying their crews, through a specialized maritime prepaid payroll Visa payroll card that eliminates the cash management challenges for both the seafarer and ship owner/manager.
Mr. O’Connell stated, “These are really alarming figures. A lot of companies we are talking to don’t even realize the amounts they are paying just to pay seafarers in cash. In today’s world, where many ship operations are moving towards digitalization, it really doesn’t need to be that way, as nearly everything a seafarer does when they get off a ship can be paid for with a card.”
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.