IT Firm Lands U.S Port Deal
January 22, 2008 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nicom IT Solutions of Halifax has won a contract to rebuild the port logistics system for the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a Philadelphia organization that promotes trade at the world’s largest freshwater port.
The web-based Maritime On-Line system will collect and report vessel movements, cargo manifests, customs and border requirements, and advanced arrival/departure schedules. Nicom, which beat out bidders from across North America for the Delaware River contract, has developed similar logistic systems for the ports of Halifax and Saint John, N.B. “(It) is the foot in the door we’ve been working so hard to establish into the U.S. marketplace,” Nicom partner Pat d’Entremont said in a release Monday. “We will be able to use this win as a springboard to many other new opportunities.”
Nicom, which is in discussions with the Maritime Exchange about marketing the logistics system to other ports, has visited eastern U.S. markets recently with government organizations like Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s business marketing agency, and the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. “Opportunities like this don’t come every day and we fully intend to capitalize on it,” said Mr. d’Entremont.
Last year, a container dwell time management system that Nicom developed for the Port of Halifax won an award from the American Association of Port Authorities for improvements in intermodal freight transportation. The company said that award caught the attention of the Maritime Exchange.
Pat d’Entremont, Nicom Maritime