Formally Government of India has launched the “Real-time Vessel Tracking System” in order to help the seafarers and fishermen as and when they need. The system has been named as “Sagar-Manthan: Mercantile Marine Domain Awareness Centre”.
- The system was launched by PM Modi at the Maritime India Summit 2021. While inaugurating the system, PM Modi highlighted that the India is developing “Mega ports with world-class infrastructure at Paradip, Vadhavan, and Deendayal Ports”.
- PM Modi also said that domestic waterways are cost effective and environment friendly way of transporting the freight. So, India aims to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030”.
- Modi further stated that, the “Eastern Waterways Connectivity Transport Grid” that establishes the regional connectivity with Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan will also be strengthened in order to boost the effective regional trade and cooperation.
This System have the capability of tracking the Indian vessels on the global level. It can also be used to track foreign vessels within 1,000 kilometer of the coastline of India. Vessel will be operated by DG Shipping. It can provide help in the emergency cases. The Vessel Tracking System also comprises of the elements of security. In order to develop the security elements, the DG Shipping collaborated with the Indian Navy. India will also be sharing this system with the countries like Sri Lanka and Maldives.
About Maritime India Summit 2021
This Summit is one of the largest virtual summits in the world. It is a 3-day summit. The Maritime India Summit observed the participation of 1.7 lakh participants from around 100 nations. The Maritime India Summit will be marked by the presence of the ministers from eight countries, 50 global CEOs and around 160 speakers and 115 international speakers of 24 nations. For the summit, around 1 lakh participants coming from 50 countries have registered online.
About Eastern Waterways Connectivity Transport Grid
The Eastern Waterways Connectivity Transport Grid project was launched with the aim of providing a seamless connectivity between the National Waterway-1 and National Waterway-2 through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol routes. It will also be developing an economic corridor of 4,200 kilometer of waterways and coastal shipping in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, West Bengal and North-Eastern States of India. The project seeks to establish a way for regional integration among the 5 countries namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India and Myanmar.
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