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IWAI Signs MoU with CSL

Published on November 14, 2022
Current Context: The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to build India’s first hydrogen fuel-cell catamaran vessel.
IWAI Signs MoU with CSL
  • India’s first indigenous hydrogen fuel-cell catamaran vessel will be built for operation in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The agreement was signed in Varanasi in the presence of the Union Minster of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Heavy Industry, Mahendra Nath Pandey, and the CM of UP, Yogi Adityanath.
  • The hydrogen fuel-cell catamaran vessel will have a 100-passenger capacity and will be equipped with air-conditioning system.
  • CSL, in collaboration with Pune-based KPIT Technologies Limited, will design and develop the vessel under the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) standards.
  • After tests and a trial run in Kochi, Kerala, the vessel will be deployed in Varanasi.
  • Another MoU was also signed between the IWAI and CSL for building 8 electric hybrid vessels for Uttar Pradesh (6) and Assam (2) with an outlay of INR 130 crores.
  • IWAI is a statutory regulatory body established in 1986 under the IWAI Act 1985. It has its headquarters in Noida, UP. The current Chairperson of it is Jalaj Shrivastava.
  • CSL is a Kochi-based shipbuilding facility that was established in 1972 with its headquarters in Kochi, Kerala. The current Chairperson and MD of the company are Madhu S Nair.

Question:

Q.1 India’s first indigenous hydrogen fuel-cell catamaran vessel will be built for operation in?
a. Varanasi
b. Haldia
c. Kochi
d. Noida
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