Dispatches No. 303

Further to our message sent 2 weeks ago, 02nd of August , we would like to inform you that InterManager member – Brightwell advises as follows:

Attractive Option for Payments to Crew from the Ukraine and Crimea

Use of Brightwell Payments’ services (OceanPay and DirectPay via the Brightwell Navigator Platform)

Brightwell Payments has distributed maritime payroll for nearly ten years and understands the unique needs of seafarers working away from home.

Maritime companies as large as Carnival and Norwegian rely on Brightwell to distribute payroll to over 75,000 seafarers worldwide.

Brightwell Navigator is a self-managed payments platform that enables seafarers to elect how they would like to be paid.  Allotments can be paid via money transfer directly to their home bank accounts (the DirectPay service) and/or to the OceanPay MasterCard® Prepaid Card, which can be used everywhere MasterCard is accepted.

At present, DirectPay money transfers can be made to the Ukraine as long as the physical address of the beneficiary and the beneficiary’s bank branch use a postal code that is outside the Crimea region.

In addition, given the present challenges within that region’s banking system, the OceanPay Card is a particularly attractive payment mechanism for seafarers.  OceanPay enables seafarers to access funds that they can accumulate in a USD- or euro-denominated card account that is maintained within the UK banking environment.

Seafarers enjoy very competitive exchange rates when using the OceanPay Card, whether they are using an ATM to withdraw local currency or spending their funds by making purchases online or shore-side.  The OceanPay Card is more secure than cash, and it can be used to transfer funds for cash pickup to Western Union agent locations around the globe.

Brightwell provides seafarers complete flexibility in how they are paid and enables them to enjoy substantial savings in conducting their personal financial transactions.

Above adds to the already existing options as laid down in update No. 2 of the 02nd of August 2016

Aa/ Members of InterManager agreed that there is INDEED an issue with USD payments to Ukraine especially Crimea area.

Bb/ Especially using banks

JP Morgan Chase

HSBC

Bank of New York

 

Reasons:

It was suspected a seafarer resides in Crimea

It was suspected that seafarer’s might be in the sanction list imposed by UN (or USA, or EU)

Solutions developed by members:

1

Ask all Seafarers with addresses in the disputed Crimea region, to register alternative addresses outside of this region.

2

Ask all Seafarers to ensure that the Banks and Bank addresses they register for salary payments, are outside of the disputed region. This will avoid the bank being identified on the OFAC list.

3

Pay seafarers in EURO

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Use of MarTrust (Please also see two attachments):

MarTrust is part of a large group, the Marcura Group, which serves nearly 300 shipping companies. The largest company in our Group, DA-Desk, focuses on the disbursement account

process and the payments of port expenses. As of today, DA-Desk process almost 5 USD billion in port expenses across 60 different currencies.

MarTrust was born in response to a request from our customers to extend the range of our payments beyond port expenses. Low transaction costs, exchange rates, efficiency and responsiveness led to this. MarTrust focuses on crew payments, supplier invoice payments and FX.

For the crew payments, their goal is to make sure ship managers, ship owners and crew members benefit from MarTrust services. As it can be appreciated crew payments are considered by banks as low value/low priority and they are affected by unwanted delays which create problems in the organization and eventually impact company reputation and crew retention.
 
MarTrust
managed to increase payment rate from an industry average of 90% to 99.9% and thus eliminate the complains from the crew members.

MarTrust service complies with MLC requirements, specifically with respect to Regulation 2.2 on seafarers’ wages. 
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/@ed_norm/@normes/documents/normativeinstrument/wcms_090250.pdf      (page 27).”

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Use of Safepay – more information expected very soon.

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Last Week:

Working from IOM and London

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This Week:

Working from IOM and London

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Looking forward:

Traveling and Holidays

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Discounts and offers for members:
Special 15% discount for InterManager members in the Piraeus GLAROS Hotel. The Hotel Management has confirmed it is willing to offer InterManager members (15%) off its internet prices if booked from their web site, www.glaros-hotel.gr/ This discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. You only need to mention you are an “InterManager member” in the “Comments and Special Requests” section of the web site and/or mention your company is an “InterManager member” when you check into the hotel.

 

Thursday 1st September 2016 – London – Implementing MRV – a lunchtime seminar hosted by Lloyd’s Register

Date: Venue: 71 Fenchurch Street, London

Please note: Seating is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible by email to:

Jennifer Clarke at london.client-management@lr.org

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13 September – Antwerp – Living with ECDIS – UK  Hydrographic Office –  

 

Venue –

Hilton Antwerp Old Town Groenplaats 32  Antwerpen 2000

gium

Register early to secure your free place at: www.regonline.co.uk/UKHO_Antwerp2016

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21 September – London Living with Ecdis – UK Hydrographic Office

Venue –

UK Chamber of Shipping

30 Park Street London

SE1 9EQ

Register early to secure your free place at www.regonline.co.uk/UKHO_London2016

 

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September 13-15, 2016 – Renaissance Long Beach Hotel – Long Beach, CA

For more information, please visit:
http://infocastinc.com/event/greenships-summit/?utm_source=InterManager&utm_medium=greenships&utm_campaign=mpl

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14 September – London – ‘Respect, Responsibility and Remedy in the Maritime Environment’

The International Maritime Human Rights Conference, taking place on 14 September at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, is a ground-breaking event which, focusing on the title “Respect, Responsibility and Remedy in the Maritime Environment”, will openly tackle human rights requirements, abuses and protections in the maritime industry.

http://mar-rights.com/

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9th Arctic Shipping Summit, 21-22 September 2016, London.
Contact person: Piotr Baziuk, +48 616 467 025, pbaziuk@acieu.net
Follow us on twitter @Arctic_Shipping

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3rd of October – SINGAPORE – 3rd International Ship Owning and Ship Management Summit – (ISSS) – Contact Person: Capt. Kuba Szymanski
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4th od October – SINGAPORE – InterManager AGM and InterManager Members Conference.

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Asia Pacific Marine Conference 2016 is back to Singapore on 6th October. Hear from experts on regulatory affairs, technological developments, LNG & more. APMC 2016 is supported by INTERMANAGER, ASF, SSI & ICS. Key players DNVGL, RINA, ORBCOMM, JTJB & CYBERMARINE are sponsoring the event. Visit www.apacmarineconference.com

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4-7 October 2016 The 19th Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) , Resorts World Sentosa,

Singapore Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is pleased to announce that a refreshed and invigorated programme will include new formats, cutting edge presentations, innovative exhibition hall features and as always, opportunities to do business.

InterManager members entitled to 20% discount. Please contact kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org

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19th & 20th of October 2016,London, UK  19th Maritime HR & Crew Management Summit

Conference Fee:          Full Price £1495

Link to the Website: http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/maritime-hr-crew-management-europe/  

Link to the Agenda:  http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/03/MHRe11-MKG-Agenda.pdf

Notes: 

ACI’s 19th Maritime HR & Crew Management will focus on how shipping companies have successfully coped with the increasing demands of regulations and technology on the modern seafarer’s skill set. Crew competence has never been more highly valued and in today’s climate making sure valuable crew are retained is an absolute priority. Join us in London to learn more of how ship operators are meeting this challenge.

Key Topics:

  • Regulatory Updates & Requirements
  • Crew Competence & Attitude
  • Sourcing, Leadership & Retention of Crew
  • Insurance Challenges connected to Seafarers
  • Cross Training of Seafarers on Various Types of Vessels
  • Challenges of Seafarer Travel
  • Crew Education & Difference
  • Cohesion Between Ship & Shore
  • Technology in HR & Crew Development
  • Who Should Be Attending?

 

For 15% members/subscribers discounted registration or for the updated brochure, please contact Mohammad Ahsan on +44 (0)20 3141 0606 or mahsan@acieu.net


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2 November 2016  – London 6th Capital Link Operating Excellence in Shipping Forum

Senior Executives from leading shipping companies, charterers and financiers will discuss how the implementation of Best Industry Practices translates into tangible commercial, operational and financial competitive advantages. Organized In Cooperation with the Danish & the Norwegian Shipowners Associations.

Mr. Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive of Baltic Exchange presented with Capital Link Maritime CSR Award.

http://forums.capitallink.com/csr/2016london/index.html

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9th-10th November 2016   16th Ballast Water Management Summit

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Website: http://www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/ballast-water-management-conference-europe/

For registration & more information, please contact:

Piotr Baziuk, +48 616 467 025, pbaziuk@acieu.net

 

Brgds Kuba
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Secretary General

Mob: +44 7624 498 266

Kuba.szymanski@intermanager.org

www.intermanager.org

 

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