Helm Operations announces tie up with the ACTion group

Leading SubM consultancy partners with top maritime software company to help ease the burden of new regulations while digitizing fleet operations.

08 August 2019 – Helm Operations (Victoria, BC, Canada) and the ACTion group (Channelview, TX) have signed a new partnership agreement to help inland marine companies address the challenges of SubM and implement new software to reduce the costs of compliance. As part of the agreement, the ACTion group will begin offering safety management services via Helm CONNECT and provide consulting and training to companies moving to the industry standard platform.

Based in Channelview, the ACTion group is one of the inland marine industry’s leading safety management and certification companies. Since its founding in 1999 by Capt. David A. Foret, Jr, the company has been providing various compliance, vetting, training, and related services to the maritime industry. In recent years, the ACTion group has moved to the forefront of digitalization in the industry, developing its own software solutions and most recently forming a partnership with Seamen’s Church Institute to support online training for mariners and shore staff. Working with Helm Operations, the ACTion group will phase out its legacy document management software and begin deploying its services through Helm CONNECT, helping its customers progress in their everyday operations.

“We’ve been incredibly impressed by the growth of Helm” says Adam Foret, Vice President, ACTion group. “Helm CONNECT is quickly becoming the industry standard for safety management software. Between our expertise in safety management systems and Helm CONNECT’s data management abilities, we will be able to provide a complete Subchapter M compliance solution.”

Helm Operations is the creator of Helm CONNECT, which has become the world’s fastest-growing marine software platform since its launch in 2016. Today, more than 180 companies rely on Helm CONNECT to manage vessel maintenance, compliance, operations, and personnel management including seven of North America’s top ten marine operators. Helm Operations recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and passed the major milestone of 4,000 vessels now using the software platform.

“Our goal at Helm isn’t just to provide great software, it’s to work alongside other industry leaders to help our customers address the challenges of new regulations and technology. The ACTion group has been at the forefront of the industry for 20 years, and it’s fantastic to be able to work alongside them to help support our industry as it moves forward.” says Helm Operations CEO and founder Ron deBruyne.


For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Cheng
Marketing Manager
Helm Operations
250-360-1991 x122

Adam Foret
Vice President
ACTion group


About Helm Operations

Since 1999, Helm Operations has been developing software to help marine companies better manage their vessel operations, maintenance, compliance and crewing. Its flagship product, Helm CONNECT, has emerged as the leading software platform for marine operations and vessel management. Today, more than 180 customers and 4000 vessels around the world use Helm CONNECT, including seven of North America’s top ten marine operators, and some of the world’s largest and most respected harbor docking and oil transportation companies.



About the ACTion group

The ACTion group was founded in April 1999. Their personnel have over 150 years of operational and functional industry experience and are known for developing and implementing safety management systems such as those required by TMSA, Subchapter M, ISM, AWO RCP.  The ACTion group also provides instructor lead training and has a robust mobile learning platform.