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Friday, September 21, 2018 

Marine operations software company Helm Operations has been acquired by Toronto-based Volaris Group. Volaris says it specialises in strengthening and growing technology companies and is a leader in the marine software space.

Founded in 1999, Helm Operations is known as a developer of marine operations software for the workboat market. Following an acquisition by ClassNK in 2014, the company released its newest platform, Helm CONNECT, in 2016, achieving significant growth in two years.

Since its launch, the Helm CONNECT platform has grown to support the management of vessel maintenance, regulatory compliance, operations, and personnel, quickly becoming what is claimed to be the leading marine software platform in North America and establishing Helm Operations as a global player in the marine industry. Today, Helm CONNECT is said to be the fastest growing software platform in the marine industry, used by 150 companies and 3000 vessels worldwide in the 24 months since its launch.

“Our commitment to providing modern, user-friendly, powerful systems for marine operations has helped us achieve incredible growth over the past two years,” said Ron deBruyne, CEO of Helm Operations. “Now, as part of Volaris, we look forward to building on that strong foundation, accelerating our growth in North America and internationally, and providing even greater value to our customers.”

In keeping with Volaris’ philosophy of acquiring, strengthening, and growing key technology companies, Helm Operations will maintain its own brand and independence with support and resources from Volaris. CEO Ron deBruyne, along with the existing management team, will continue to lead the business. Helm Operations joins other technology companies, SpecTec, ShipNet, and Idea Yacht, in Volaris’ Marine portfolio.

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