Friday, November 9, 2012

Marine and Logistics Group Joins Travel Experts to Manage Crew Services

New Company Will Arrange Door to Deck Staff Movements
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Global shipping, logistics and marine services group, GAC and crew travel specialist Griffin have joined forces to create G2 Crew Services to provide fully integrated door-to-deck transportation services for joining crew. This joint venture aims to provide a total transportation package for crew members joining ships worldwide, including the 'last mile' between their arrival airport and their vessel. The company combines the expertise of Griffin with the contact and resources of the GAC network. The agreement was signed by Griffin's Executive Chairman Simon Morse and GAC Group President Lars Safverstrom. Morse says:

"Our partnership with GAC marks an important milestone in the fulfilment of our mission to extend the scope and value of the service we provide our clients from point-to-point travel to a full crew rotation management service. This partnership with Griffin is in line with GAC's strategy of working with best-in-class specialists in the shipping, logistics and marine sectors to offer high standard, innovative services delivered through our global network of offices worldwide."

A central control tower in Mumbai monitors the safe movement of crew and coordinates flight schedules, land transportation and vessels' estimated time of arrivals to provide the best on-time arrival of joining crew at their final destination and Griffin's unique HomePort concierge service provides around the clock support to crew. Payment and cost control is simplified through a QuickBill sent within seven days of the crew's arrival, detailing the cost of all services in a single currency, eliminating the need for 'prefunding' and the reconciliation with a 'final disbursement' account.

The broader crew rotation management service, which will be launched in February 2013, will incorporate the new Homeport dashport. The IT system will enable clients to monitor all crew movements against their planned rotation, from the minute they leave home to the moment they arrive on deck, and they will also receive alerts confirming arrival times