German Harbor Docking Company URAG Signs with Helm

Accountancy, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Ship Conversions, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shipmanagement, Shiprepair, Technical, Technology — By on September 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

LS-URAGVictoria, BC – Today, Helm Operations announced that it has signed on German harbor docking company Unterweser Reederei GmbH (URAG) to Helm Dispatch Manager™ and Helm Onboard™ to manage its jobs and obtain synergies between its two operation centers and an automatic integration with its finance system invoicing on its vessels and shore.

“Having spent two years on board URAG being specifically focused on the operational excellence of our services, it was clear to me that we were in need of a simple, and in particular, user-friendly platform that would work for both our shore-based personnel as well as for those on-board, ” said Michael Staufeldt, Managing Director and COO with URAG. “Having explored the market as well lately having feed-back from two of our vessels being chartered to a user of Helm, it was an obvious choice for us to investigate further in Helm.”

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations said he was excited to be partnering with URAG. “We are inspired to work with companies like URAG who want to bring efficiency and accountability to their operations.” deBruyne also mentioned he was pleased to introduce Helm’s expertise in Harbor Docking solutions to a new market.

Said Staufeldt, “We have already established contact with the Helm Project Team. We were confronted with people who clearly understood our problem, and asked questions that even surprised ourselves. We are confident the Helm team will see us safely through this project.”

Unterweser Reederei GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Linnhoff Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG (“Linnhoff”). Linnhoff is a German family-owned company headquartered in Buxtehude and holding a portfolio of specialist companies servicing the Maritime Industry. URAG, established in 1890 in Bremen and since 2013 being based in Bremerhaven, is a leading German towage provider, operating today a diversified fleet of 17 tugs directly and through its affiliated companies.

About Helm Operations:

Since 1999 Helm Operations (formerly Edoc Systems Group) has been developing operations software for the tug and barge and OSV industries. Helm CONNECT is the flagship product of Helm Operations. Whether it’s managing safety and compliance, preventive maintenance work, billing, or jobs, Helm CONNECT gives you the information you need to do your job. It is the workboat industry’s first app-based, web-based, workflow-based software system designed through user experience principles, which makes it intuitive for use by everyone in a workboat company, from the crew right down to the CEO.

Helm Operations works with some of the largest and most respected workboat companies in the world, including SVITZER A/S, Seaspan, SMIT (Canada), Florida Marine Transporters and Blessey Marine.

Helm Operations was recently acquired by ClassNK, one of the world’s leading classification societies, dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the maritime industry, and ensuring the safety of ships, their crews, and the marine environment.

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