Maritime payments and technology company Brightwell Payments has extended its contract with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
NCL will use the Brightwell Navigator payments platform, a web-based technology that delivers access to money transfer services and Brightwell’s patented OceanPay Visa Prepaid Card, to meet the needs of 16,000, multinational shipboard employees across the fleet.
Working together for six years, NCL’s decision to extend its agreement with Brightwell will further simplify its payroll process and bring new technology advances, including online wage statements and a mobile app for managing and transferring payroll funds from virtually anywhere in the world, to crew members, the company said.
Brightwell’s Navigator platform enables crew to self-manage how they wish to be paid by maintaining instructions for automatic transfers to home bank accounts, payment directly to the OceanPay Card, and/or the transmission of funds to over 500,000 retail money transfer agents worldwide.
“We’re excited to continue our long standing, positive partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line,” said John Markendorf, Seniro Vice President Client Services and Implementations, Brightwell Payments. “Last year brought opportunities for us to take part in Norwegian’s success, including its continued expansion into the China market. We look forward to continuing to help simplify payroll for crew members as the Norwegian fleet continues to grow across the globe.”
“The decision to extend our agreement is based purely on the positive impact Brightwell Payments has had on the crew experience,” said Faye Ashby, Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Giving our team the tools they need to manage life away from home is incredibly important and we’re confident that Brightwell offers the best product on the market to help us do that.”