MariApps acquires majority stake in OnboarD – Joining forces for the cruise market
The digital technology company MariApps Marine Solutions (MariApps), focused on providing solutions to maritime enterprises, announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S. based OnboarD, a provider of software solutions for the global cruise industry.
Under the terms of the agreement, MariApps, member of the Schulte Group, acquired 60% of the shares while existing shareholders Chris Daly and Jimmy Lopez retain the remaining shares and continue to lead the company. MariApps and OnboarD have obtained a new office space in Miami, Florida together with other Schulte Group entities, including cruise software specialist Rescompany Systems (Resco). All the companies will collaborate and further enable OnboarD and its partners to offer its customers and the industry a comprehensive range of maritime solutions and state of the art shipboard products. The strategic investment provides the opportunity to integrate and expand the established product portfolio to achieve innovative end-to-end solutions to a global cruise market.
“MariApps is delighted to add OnboarD to our portfolio of companies as we find a good synergy between Resco and OnboarD, both focusing on the cruise market. This also opens the door for MariApps and Resco to expand their marketing and business development capabilities in the US, which is one of the largest markets for ship management and cruise operations,” said Sankar Ragavan, CEO, MariApps Marine Solutions group.
“We are pleased and excited to have reached an agreement with MariApps, which positions OnboarD to continue meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers,” said Jimmy Lopez, OnboarD’s Managing Partner. “The agreement is an exciting milestone for OnboarD as we begin the next phase of our evolution. With MariApps’ support we are confident that OnboarD can expand its market reach and be better positioned to deliver value to our customers.” Chris Daly, Managing Partner at OnboarD adds “We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the technical teams of MariApps and Resco to enhance our suite of products and bring innovating new products to market.”
About MariApps Marine Solutions
A member of the Schulte Group, MariApps Marine Solutions is a digital technology company focused on providing maritime enterprises customized applications and software solutions, including its flagship product smartPAL. With over 700 dedicated experts across the globe, MariApps strives to develop solutions that support maritime businesses to succeed in the rapidly transforming industry they operate in.
OnboarD is an established provider of software solutions for the global cruise ship industry with key software products that include: IssuTrax™, a suite of web and mobile facility and service automation tools, CyberCafe@Sea™ Internet Café, and CurrencyXchange™. www.onbts.com
About Rescompany Systems (Resco)
Resco develops shore to ship software solutions and web applications for the cruise industry, providing cruise operators with a 360-degree view of operations and customer interaction.
The company’s integrated Customer Relation Management (CRM) and Central Reservation Systems (CRS) cover all aspects of operations, from customer enquiries to complex bookings, payments, and sales invoices, to marketing and loyalty management systems. Resco’s ship Property Management Systems (PMS) and Point of Sale Systems (POS) enable seamless and smooth passenger management onboard vessels of all sizes. www.rescompany.com