VOC Port signed MoU with NTCPWC of IIT Madras

Published on May 29, 2021
Current Context: The VO Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOC Port Trust), Tuticorin signed MoU with National Technology Centre for Ports Waterways & Coasts (NTCPWC), IIT Madras.
VOC Port signed MoU with NTCPWC of IIT Madras
  • The MoU was signed for Operation and Maintenance of Vessel Traffic System & Development of Indigenous Vessel Traffic Software (VTS) at VOC Port Trust.
  • The MoU was signed for 5 years and can be extended for another 5 years.
  • Under the MoU, the NTCPWC unit of IIT Madras will work to maintain existing VTS and will develop an indigenous Vessel Traffic System software for VOC Port.
  • The system software which will be developed by NTCPWC will provide identification, tracking, analysis of shipping traffic, real-time information for Pilots, monitoring of meteorological warnings, and integration of existing Automatic Identification System (AIS).
  • The IIT Madras unit NTCPWX will also analyse existing VTS functionalities, hardware, software and will suggest suitable upgradation.
  • The VTS is important under IMO Convention ‘SOLAS’ (Safety of Life at Sea). The VTS traffic image is compiled and collected by advanced sensors like radar, AIS, direction-finding devices, CCTV and VHF. A modern VTS integrates all the information into a single operator working environment for ease of use and in order to allow for effective Maritime traffic organization and communication.

Question: 

Q.1 VO Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOC Port Trust), Tuticorin signed MoU with National Technology Centre for Ports Waterways & Coasts (NTCPWC)to maintain existing VTS and develop an indigenous Vessel Traffic System software for VOC Port. The NTCPWC unit belongs to which institute?
a. IIT Bombay
b. IIT Madras
c. IIT Kanpur
d. IIT Kharagpur

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