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HELM CONNECT REACHES 3000 SHIP MILESTONE

Thursday, September 13, 2018 

More than 3000 vessels are now subscribing to Helm CONNECT following the launch of the ship maintenance software in July 2016.

According to Helm Operations CEO Ron deBruyne, it has been the company’s ability to develop powerful tools that address all aspects of vessel operations yet are easy-to-use that has sparked its rapid growth.

“With Helm CONNECT, we focused on combining powerful features necessary to run complex vessel operations, with an easy-to-use interface that is quick to learn and train. The fact that we have nearly 150 companies and more than 3000 vessels using Helm CONNECT just two years after our launch is a clear testament to the success of our approach.”

According to the marine software provider, Helm CONNECT is the most widely-used marine software in the North American market, where seven out of the top 10 companies by fleet size now use the software. Growth, deBruyne says, is now being replicated around the world.
 
To respond to that demand and help serve a global audience, Helm established operations in Europe and South America earlier this year. These operations, says deBruyne, are a key part of Helm’s rapid growth. “While we’ve always had global customers, the growth of our team in these regions has increased our number of customers in Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia, while allowing us to offer services like 24-hour support.”

Beyond geographic expansion, the strongest force driving Helm’s expansion is the company’s commitment to partnerships. This approach was highlighted by its August 2018 announcement of a new partnership with AIS provider, ShipTracks, to provide advanced AIS tracking functionality from within Helm CONNECT. It is an approach that, according to deBruyne, will be essential for all software providers.  
 
“Technology is moving incredibly quickly. From telematics to artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), we must provide our customers with the best technology and tools if we're to continue to grow. No company can do this alone, and our approach has always been to partner with the best companies. With ShipTracks, we brought advanced AIS-based vessel tracking capabilities to our customers. Over the next few months, we’ll be making similar announcements about partnerships with other leading companies that will make Helm CONNECT even better.”

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