Nicom Signs Second Agreement with Delaware River Organization
November 24, 2008 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nicom IT Solutions of Halifax has barely completed rebuilding a ports logistics system for a client in Philadelphia, and already the client wants to take the relationship further.
The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay wants to make its software available to other seaports throughout the world, and has chosen Nicom to lead the process.
Nicom knows the system well, having spent the past 10 months turning a collection of diverse software applications into an integrated web-based electronic commerce suite, after having beat out contenders from across North America to win the contract.
“Nicom has demonstrated to us that their knowledge of the Seaport and the IT industry, coupled with their international marketing capabilities, makes for a great partner to help us move our agenda forward,” says Dennis Rochford, President of the Maritime Exchange. “We’ve always intended to take our system to other seaports, and Nicom is the organization to do it.”
Called Maritime On-Line, the system enables marine exchanges and port authorities to capture and report on vessel movement, cargo manifests, Customs and Border requirements, and advanced arrival/departure schedules.
Nicom’s intention is to market Maritime On-Line along with its own seaport-related systems and services, including software to track containers, hazardous goods, port property leases, and marine pilots. “We’re going there anyway,” says Pat d’Entremont, Partner at Nicom, “and we’re thrilled to be taking the Maritime Exchange along with us. They’ve been a delight to work with.”
Security is high on the list of priorities for implementing a system such as Maritime On-Line. “It’s not just about perimeter fencing, cameras, and guards,” notes d’Entremont. “Also of great importance are the information networks that ensure all partners in the transportation chain are aware of the shipping and transit information necessary to promote the secure, efficient and safe movement of goods.”
Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Wilson, helped seal the deal between the two organizations—one from each side of the border—by presiding over the original contract signing ceremony earlier this year. Mr. Wilson noted how the partnership is a good example of how Canada and the United States are working together to better secure North America.
Nicom IT Solutions is an IT professional services firm based in Halifax which specializes in web design, electronic commerce application development, technical support services, and IT consulting. Other customers include the Halifax Port Authority, the Saint John Port Authority, and the Atlantic Pilotage Authority.
Pat d’Entremont, Nicom Maritime