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Volaris Group acquires Helm Operations from ClassNK

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Ateet Patel, Portfolio CFO of Volaris Group, shakes hands with Ron deBruyne, CEO of Helm Operations

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 — Victoria, BC, headquartered marine operations software company Helm Operations has been acquired by Toronto based Volaris Group Inc.

Volaris specializes in strengthening and growing vertical market technology companies and its marine software companies include SpecTec, ShipNet and Idea Yacht.

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

Since its launch, the Helm CONNECT platform has grown to support the management of vessel maintenance, regulatory compliance, operations, and personnel. It is currently used by 150 companies and 3,000 vessels worldwide

“Our commitment to providing modern, user-friendly, powerful systems for marine operations has helped us achieve incredible growth over the past two years,” says 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, 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.

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