COV ports sign a pact with the IIT-Madras branch for the development of maritime traffic
VO Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOC Port Trust), Tuticorin, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Technology Center for Ports Waterways & Coasts (NTCPWC), IIT Madras, for the operation, management and Native Vessel Traffic Software (VTS) Vessel Traffic System maintenance at VOC Port Trust.
VTS is mandatory under the IMO SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention. The image of VTS traffic is compiled and collected using advanced sensors such as radar, AIS, direction finding devices, CCTV and VHF or other cooperative systems and services. A modern VTS integrates all information into a single working environment for ease of use and to enable efficient organization and communication of maritime traffic.
The MoU was signed on behalf of VOC Port Trust by Pravin K. Singh, Deputy Curator, VOC Port Trust, and on behalf of NTCPWC by K Murali, Lead Professor, NTCPWC, in the presence of TK Ramachandran, Chairman, VOC Port Trust and Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT, Madras.
The duration of the MoU for maintaining and updating the entire system will be five years, extendable for another five years, a press release from VOC Port Trust said.
NTCPWC would maintain the existing vessel traffic service, develop vessel traffic system software for the VOC port, which would facilitate identification, tracking, analysis of vessel traffic, real-time information for pilots, monitoring of weather warnings and integration of the existing automatic identification system (AIS). In addition, NTCPWC will also conduct an evaluation of existing VTS functionality, hardware and software, identify appropriate upgrades, and provide a technical proposal to the VOC port for the upgrade and maintenance of the VTS system.
The current VTS has been operational for over seven years and with the increase in maritime traffic and the advent of technological developments that have taken place globally in a rapidly evolving maritime field, the need for a more efficient system offering higher levels of security and throughput was felt, and as a result, the Port offered to upgrade the existing VTS system and develop a native VTS system, the statement said.