Helm Operations, ShipTracks announce integration partnership

(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — Marine operations software developer Helm Operations has launched a new partnership with AIS data services provider ShipTracks. The partnership will integrate the platforms developed by the two companies, allowing users of Helm CONNECT to access vessel location and route data provided by ShipTracks. The move is the first partnership between the two North American software companies.
Helm CONNECT provides vessel dispatch and billing, maintenance, compliance, and personnel management to some 3,000 assets globally. Helm CONNECT is used by more than 40 percent of the American Waterways Operators fleet, the largest vessel-owning organization in North America.
New Orleans-based ShipTracks helps the maritime industry make better decisions with real-time vessel position information through AIS mapping. The company works with seven of the top 10 inland towing companies in the U.S., including Foss and Enterprise, as well as major oil companies and shipping companies such as Mediterranean Shipping Co.
The first version of the integrated features will be available to all customers of Helm CONNECT in the company’s summer update, slated for release in early August. This integration is the only the first step in collaboration for the company.
“Working with ShipTracks, we’ve developed an infrastructure that will allow us to expand the capabilities of our integration going forward, and we’re actively exploring integrating more advanced ShipTracks’ features like geo-fencing and operational alarms into Helm CONNECT as we move forward,” said Helm CONNECT product manager Andrew Kroesen.

For more information, visit www.helmoperations.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff