Under their collaboration, ShipMoney will facilitate Thome Group’s crew payments.

In fact, all Thome Group seafarers will now use ShipMoney’s comprehensive platform of digital payment solutions, including crew payroll payments, international remittances, money transfers, mobile tops-ups, payroll advances, and onboard expenses.

“We care deeply about the struggles that seafarers face every day—and which have been exacerbated by the current crew change crisis. Their wellbeing is our top priority and maritime payments for seafarers are our only focus. This enables us to devote 100% of our attention, resources, and expertise to helping crew and their employers.”

... said Stuart Ostrow, President of ShipMoney.

For the record, Thome Group, which has been nominated for the Tanker Operator Award at the GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards 2021, provides a comprehensive range of integrated maritime services to the international shipping and offshore industries with a global crew pool of around 12,000 seafarers.

Namely, it manages a fleet of more than 400 vessels, providing a mix of full third-party ship management or crew only managed services.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly accelerated the need to switch to card and digital payments, as the industry moves away from the old fashioned cash-to-master system and searches for more convenient digital solutions. This is the first step for Thome in its aim to move towards the ‘cashless vessel’ and I look forward to working with the team at ShipMoney to make this a reality".

....Peter Schellenberger, Vice President – Supply Chain, at the Thome Group concluded.

Overall, Thome Group recently signed up to the Neptune declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change which recognizes that stakeholders from across all sectors of the maritime industry have a shared responsibility to ensure that the current crew change crisis is resolved as quickly as possible.