Helm CONNECT integrates with ShipTracks AIS to automate harbour activities

Marine software developer Helm Operations and AIS service provider ShipTracks have launched a new set of integrated features for harbour docking companies to assist in the management and automation of harbour operations.

The new integration links Helm CONNECT Jobs, a dispatch software for the harbour docking market, with ShipTracks’ AIS technology to automate the creation of towage orders directly from the AIS system.

Integrating the systems will allow dispatchers to receive automated notifications of vessels entering port, and immediately allow them to check if their company has a contract with the vessel and if towage work has been scheduled.

The user can also automatically import the vessel and related jobs into the dispatch schedule as required, working from the same AIS screen.

“On the commercial side, many companies still have staff who watch AIS screens throughout the day to identify when new ships are arriving in port. With this integration we can automate that,” said Paul Cyr, Senior Account & Integration Manager at Helm Operations.

“On the dispatch side as well, we can automatically populate jobs for inbound vessels for review and approval by the dispatcher, reducing human error and saving hours of manual data entry.”

“Even better, we can improve the dispatcher’s cost awareness by letting them know if tugs are moving without assigned work or if vessels are going too fast while mobilising. This really makes it possible for dispatchers to reduce operational costs in port.”

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