Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) are working on a project to create a vessel targeted traffic software program (VTS) that will support monitor maritime targeted traffic.
The indigenous software program will cater to the rising maritime targeted traffic and support maintain pace with international technological developments in the maritime domain.
Envisaged initially as portion of the Maritime Vision 2030 action plans, the software program development project is portion of a collaboration involving IIT- Madras and VO Chidambaranar (VOC) Port Trust at Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu, for which a MoU was signed lately.
A VTS is necessary beneath the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
The software program could sooner or later be employed for monitoring maritime targeted traffic at ports across India, a statement by IIT-M mentioned.
The investigation project will be led by National Technology Centre for Ports Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), a centre of excellence at IIT Madras that functions as the technologies arm of the Union ministry of ports, shipping and waterways.
TK Ramachandran, chairman, V O Chidambaranar Port Trust, mentioned, “VOC Port is the first Indian major port to sign an MoU with NTCPWC for development of an indigenous software for VTS system. The development of indigenous system by NTCPWC, as per VOC Port’s requirement, instead of relying on proprietary and costly foreign made software solutions, will be a game changer in Indian maritime industry.”
The focus of NTCPWC will be on the operation, manning and upkeep of vessel targeted traffic method and the development of indigenous vessel targeted traffic software program at Tuticorin. It will retain the current vessel targeted traffic service for day-to-day operations and help pilots in true-time information and facts tracking of ships and evaluation of vessel targeted traffic which includes Met-Ocean warnings.
K Murali, professor In-charge, NTCPWC-IIT Madras, mentioned, “The indigenous VTS software system will open up the pathway for India to develop other indigenous technology solutions that maritime severely depends on overseas solutions.”
The present VTS at VOC port has been operational for almost seven years. Given the fast increases in maritime targeted traffic in India and abroad, a more VTS productive method would support build greater security levels.