Nicom Extends Port Experience to Longshore Industry
November 17, 2008 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nicom IT Solutions is using its knowledge of Information Technology in the seaport industry abroad to find new customers at home.
After having spent most of the year developing logistics software for the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay of Philadelphia, the Halifax-based IT shop won a contract to build new software to manage the Halifax Employers Association.
The HEA is a non-profit organization who acts as the bargaining representative for all workers in the Longshore Industry in the Port of Halifax.
HEA membership consists of companies such as Atlantic Container Lines, Ceres Corp, and Halterm, and is responsible for the overall training of employees in the longshore industry in Halifax.
The new system will replace an aging and outdated system currently used by the HEA, and will manage all the billing to shippers entering the Port, including an electronic commerce component accessible over the Internet, something Nicom specializes in.
Besides their electronic commerce capabilities, Nicom was chosen because of its strong partnership with Microsoft as well as past experience in the seaport industry. In addition to their work in Philadelphia, Nicom also developed a billing system for the Saint John Port Authority as well as a Container Dwell Time Management System for the Port of Halifax. The Container Dwell Time Management System recently won an award from the American Association of Port Authorities.
Nicom Partner David Nicholson also points out that they have many other associations as customers, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Paramedics, and the Offshore/Onshore Technology Association of Nova Scotia.
Nicholson is quick to point out that although foreign contracts catch people’s attention, Atlantic Canadian organizations are Nicom’s bread and butter. “By far the majority of our revenues are domestic,” says Nicholson, “and it’s wonderful to be able to find new customers like the Halifax Employers Association right here at home.”
Pat d’Entremont, Nicom Maritime