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At Helm we are dedicated to the betterment of the marine transportation industry. That's why we have a dedicated research team, with years of experience serving the industry, whose sole goal is to uncover insights that can solve real issues in the workboat industry. 

Our knowledge center is replenished consistently and can offer insights into several areas of concern, like Safety and Compliance, Change Management, Data Management, User Experience Design Principles, and Enhancing Communication.

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The Impact of Crew Engagement and Organizational Culture on Maritime Safety in the Workboats and OSV Sectors

This research study aimed to examine the link between the human element and safety
performance on workboats and OSVs, answering the following research question:
How do crew engagement and organizational culture impact on maritime safety on
workboats and OSVs?


Is Your Business Ready for SubM?

While the Certificate of Inspection (COI) under Subchapter M may appear to be just another official document, there are extensive underwritten responsibilities that go along with it. 


Regulation is Half the Battle

Regulation provides a clear pathway toward what is already a successful means in reducing risks to human safety, but miss out on this one key ingredient and your safety record will never meet expectations. 



Good Design Improves Adoption & Usability

Does it really matter what my software looks like? YES! Usability is closely tied to visual appeal. Getting your crew to use software will depend on both how the software looks, and performs. 

Should you Build or Buy your Vessel Management Software? 

The key to making the right decision, ultimately, is to see how your organization lines up with seven key factors when making this evaluation. 



Managing Maintenance Costs in a Down Market

Deferring some maintenance activity can be a legitimate cost saving practice​. This article helps you decide wh​at can wait and what can't.

​6 Lessons from Blue Water Safety Management

Our blue water cousins have a wealth of experience with safety regulations​. Learn how regulation can be managed and even used to your advantage. 


5 Reasons to keep an eye on SOLAS

SOLAS is an international treaty concerning the safety of vessels however smaller vessels have often gone un-noticed within its scope. IMO is now looking to widen the treaty to include all vessels regardless of size/type making it appealing for workboat to keep an eye on.

The Marriage between Safety and ICT

The marriage of safety and informational and communications technologies (ICT) is giving way to a more connected, safer and more efficient maritime industry. 


Building a Safety Culture: The Role of IT

Advanced automation solutions can enhance the safety culture of a company as they are implemented, but merely adopting new automation will not make your practices safer. Read how to enhance your culture of safety through information technology. 

6 Key Facts about the Smart Ship 

While digital ships produce tons of data, smart solutions synthesise this information allowing the user to act upon the information. Uncover how this new smart connectivity could be the next revolution in global shipping.  

Leading Change in the Organization 

Ron deBruyne, CEO & Founder of Helm Operations, discusses the seven key elements of change management and how to apply these when implementing a near miss program.

10 Need to Know Facts About Big Data

‘Big data’ is the new nautical buzzword that has industry talking of a digital revolution. Find out what Big Data really is, how it’s changing the workboat industry as we once knew it, and how embracing it as a valuable asset will help your business in the long term.

Building a Safety Culture

There are three key elements in creating an effective safety culture: People, Process and then IT. Generally companies focus on Process and Technology (IT), but tend not to devote as much attention to their People, who are critical to the success of a safety culture. This whitepaper discusses how to develop a safety culture through People. 

Choosing the Right Technology Vendor

If you're in the market for technology, choosing the right vendor can be a challenge. To help, we've compiled the top key factors, beyond price, that need to be considered before finalizing your vendor selection process.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vessel Communication

In this white paper we discuss the pros and cons of principal vessel communications-  WiFi, GSM, and Satellite.

Get Your Crew Engaged with Safety

Many companies approach safety in terms of policies, procedures, processes, and new IT solutions. While these elements are integral to a company’s safety design, the people component of a safety culture is most important in shifting to a safer mode of operation. 

Improving Crew Retention 

Performance Improvement Consultant, Heather Williams-Cavaretta, worked first-hand with an inland towboat company to identify the reasons why high turnover occurs then delivered solutions to drastically reduce their turnover rate – as much as 58%.

Video Series: Building a Safety Culture 

In collaboration with The Pacific Institute, a global consultancy with over four decades of expertise in delivering solutions to empower organizations and individuals to improve performance and reach their full potential, Helm has created a ten-part video series on developing a safety culture in the workboat industry. 

Choosing the Right IT Solution 

Helm Operations CEO Ron deBruyne and Director of Project Management Diane Doyle discuss essential considerations for planning and implementing new IT solutions for businesses throughout the marine industry.