Agreement brings new technology advancements such as mobile payroll management to 16,000 crew members
ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Brightwell Payments, Inc. ("Brightwell"), a leading maritime payments and technology company, announced today that Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its agreement and will leverage the Brightwell Navigator payments platform, a web-based technology that delivers access to money transfer services and Brightwell's OceanPay® Visa® Prepaid Card, to meet the needs of 16,000 geographically dispersed, multinational shipboard employees across its fleet.
Already a client for six years, Norwegian Cruise Line'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 Brightwell Navigator platform enables crews 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 around the world.
"We're excited to continue our longstanding, positive partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line," said John Markendorf, SVP 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."