Helm CONNECT Blog

Culture Matters: Transformation of Culture from the Inside Out

“In organizational transformation, if you’re not focusing on culture you’re leaving tremendous potential on the table.” Gregg Cochlan, President and Managing Director of The Pacific Institute Canada, was the keynote speaker for this year’s Helm Conference in Victoria,...

Meet the Release: Helm CONNECT 1.12

It's that time again! It's time for another major release, with major improvements and new features for you and your operations. Here are some things you'll find in our winter release: Meet the new and improved Requisitions module Since we released Helm CONNECT in...

Helm Conference 2018. That’s a wrap!

A huge Thank You to everyone who attended Helm Conference 2018! With more than 100 attendees from all over the world—including companies representing harbor docking, inland barging, passenger vessels, and fishing—it was definitely our biggest conference ever. Our goal...

Helm Operations Joins Volaris Group

Ateet Patel, Portfolio CFO of Volaris Group, and Ron deBruyne, CEO of Helm Operations Leading developer of marine software looks to accelerate growth with new backing from global technology firm Victoria, BC - Leading marine operations software company Helm Operations...

Helm CONNECT hits 3000 vessel milestone 

Leading marine software platform achieves record growth in just 24 months  Victoria, BC - Leading marine software company, Helm Operations, announced today that it now has more than 3000 vessels subscribing to Helm CONNECT, its industry-leading maintenance,...

Meet the Release: Helm CONNECT 1.11

It’s been a busy summer here at Helm. We are ramping up for the fall, football season, the school year, and the return of Helm Conference! On top of all that, we’re also rolling out another release of Helm CONNECT, chock full of new features and improvements to make...

Choosing Support Vendors: Considerations beyond Price

When it comes to choosing a support vendor, workboat companies have a lot of considerations to make. However, with help from John Truitt, President of Kalleo Technologies, an IT consulting and support services firm, this does not have to be a painful process. Truitt...

Dupre Marine Transportation launches Helm CONNECT Personnel

  Houma, Louisiana-based towing operator becomes first company to roll out new Helm Operations software for crew management. Houma, LA - Leading marine software company Helm Operations announced today that Houma, LA-based Dupre Marine Transportation is the first...

Why one of the oldest towing companies in Germany chose Helm

URAG is a leading German towage provider that was established in Bremen, Germany in 1890. Today, they operate a diversified fleet of 17 tugs in Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven, and Hamburg. Before 2012, URAG used a software that was specially developed to fit their needs...

Helm Operations and ShipTracks Announce Integration Partnership

US industry heavyweights team up to integrate marine operations and AIS platforms, allowing better data-based decision-making in vessel operations. Victoria, BC - Marine operations software developer Helm Operations announced today that it has launched a new...

Summer’s here with the latest update to Helm CONNECT!

Summer's finally here in Helm Country! That doesn't just mean hotter weather, it also means we've got another batch of cool new features and improvements to Helm CONNECT ready for you. In every update, we build great features based on your requests, and this update is...

Getting your Crew Engaged with Safety in the Workboat Industry

Are you looking to transform your crews workboat safety practices in your organization? With the growing number of rules and regulations businesses must comply with in the workboat industry, developing a safety culture has become an essential part of operations. Ron...

Five regulations you should know now that Subchapter M is here

Happy Subchapter M Day! Our partners Tug and Barge Solutions have put together five subchapter m regulations within Sub M you should know now that the regulation is officially in effect. Here's what they had to say: Today Federal Regulation 46 CFR Subchapter M goes in...

Subchapter M is finally here. Are you ready?

We’re just weeks away from Subchapter M coming into effect. Starting July 20th, all tugboats and towboats in the US above 26 feet, must comply with the regulation. As enforcement approaches, many operators are focused on receiving their first Certificates of...

Helm Operations is growing!

Since we launched Helm CONNECT two years ago, things have taken off at lightning speed. In the US, almost 40% of the fleet of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) now use Helm CONNECT, and more than 126 customers with some 3000 vessels use our software around the...

Foss Maritime Centralizes Vessel Operations with Helm CONNECT

U.S. Marine Transportation and Logistics Services Provider Streamlines Fleet Management with Innovative Software Platform SEATTLE, Wash., June 27, 2018 - Foss Maritime has announced that they have kicked off a company-wide project to centralize fleet management and...

The ease of implementing Helm CONNECT

Tug and Barge Solutions (TBS) offer a turn-key solution for Subchapter M inclusive of all TSMS manuals and procedures for fleet and annual vessel surveys. TBS partnered with Helm Operations in 2016 so they could provide services to their clients using Helm CONNECT as...

How Wood Towing benefits from Helm CONNECT

Wood Towing, LLC. has provided towing, barge fleeting, and shifting in the Lower Mississippi River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways for over 60 years. They operate seven towboats, working for several of the largest barge lines in the nation. We recently visited their...

Meet the Release: Helm CONNECT 1.9

Hey everyone, I’m Rachel Aylard, Product Manager for Helm CONNECT Personnel, and I’m excited to introduce you to the latest release of Helm CONNECT!   Helm CONNECT version 1.9 is coming your way fast. As always, we're excited to share our latest release with you...

Choose your own HR Solution

Remember the days before cell phones? When people planned their conversations, took time to prepare, and chose the right words to express themselves? By the time a conversation happened, its message was clear. Today, information moves fast. It's ever...

The Marine Industry’s Best Conference is Back!

September 27-28, Victoria BC Back by popular demand, Helm Conference is the learning and development event of the year for Helm CONNECT users. You’ll meet and learn from industry experts and Helm CONNECT users from all over the world - all to make you and your company...

Come visit us at the Inland Marine Expo!

The Inland Marine Expo is almost here! Join us May 21st - 24th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Dome at America’s Center for one of the best inland and intracoastal events in the marine industry. We’ll be at booth 523. Come by and say hello, see what’s new in Helm...

How Blue Harvest used Helm CONNECT to organize their operations

Blue Harvest Fisheries operates a fleet of 15 commercial fishing vessels in the US. They are committed to transforming commercial fishing into an industry that is defined by sustainability, governed by transparency, and bound to careful management of fishery...

Meet the Release: Helm CONNECT 1.8

Hey everyone! I'm Cooper Barry, Director of Product Development, and I’m excited to highlight some great features in our latest Helm CONNECT release - version 1.8!   Assign tasks to multiple assets One of our most requested features is the ability to assign a task to...

A look at 2018 for Helm Operations

I wanted to take a moment to say a big ‘Thank You!’ to all our customers for your incredible support last year.  It’s been just over 18 months since we released Helm CONNECT 1.0, and we already have more than 100 companies and over 2,400 assets using our...

Release 1.7 coming right up!

Hey, I'm Sarah Adams from the Product Marketing team. It’s that time again – get ready for another major update to Helm CONNECT! To give you more value, we combined our 1.6 and 1.7 releases into a single update. Here's your inside scoop on what’s coming. Helm CONNECT...

Helm CONNECT is getting an update!

We’re excited to share the latest release of Helm CONNECT with you. The Helm team has been working hard since the last release to build features you’ve been asking for and we can’t wait for you to try them out! Here’s what to expect in this release  New and improved...

Helm at Pacific Marine Expo

Attention Seattle! Helm Operations will be exhibiting at the Pacific Marine Expo, November 17-19. Come by and visit us at our booth, where you can check out our latest release of Helm CONNECT Compliance and win a cool prize in the process. We'd love to tell you what...