Maritime Payment Solutions (ShipMoney), a digital maritime payment solutions provider, has become a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
As a CLIA member partner, ShipMoney said that it supported the organisation’s advocacy efforts, as the industry moves towards a restart, as well as initiatives that enhance health and security measures on ships.
In addition, membership offers ShipMoney access to the latest cruise line research and exclusive events.
The company is based in Miami, Florida, a strategic location given ShipMoney’s involvement with the industry.
ShipMoney’s Founder and President, Stuart Ostrow (pictured), said: “Joining CLIA was a natural step in light of our long history with the industry. The cruise industry is where we first started when we pioneered the development and introduction of payroll card programmes for crew members.
“A major cruise line adopted our programme, setting the standard for the entire industry to adopt payroll cards as an efficient and advantageous alternative to cash.
“We have since evolved the business to provide a comprehensive crew and corporate payment platform, offering our digital solutions to cruise and commercial maritime companies, including MSC Cruises, Maersk and V. Ships.
“As the cruise line industry prepares to launch on a new beginning, companies are re-evaluating all aspects of the market, as well as their own operations, including vendors and crew-related payroll card programmes. Having introduced the first maritime payroll programme, we were there from the inception, and it is fitting that we are there now as the industry starts anew.
“Becoming a CLIA member helps us support the cruise line industry along with initiatives and policies that will advance its objectives. We are committed to helping the industry in every way possible and have never veered from our exclusive focus on maritime,” he concluded.