Following the development, Shri Mandaviya commented that the indigenous system is a key requirement for the region, as there is no need to rely on high costing foreign made software solutions for Traffic Managements of the Indian Ports.

Development of the indigenous VTS software will reduce the expenditure of foreign exchange on this issue and also minimize the dependence on foreign support for VTS software. Accordingly, indigenous development of VTS software will benefit with respect to:

  • Saving of foreign exchange for various VTSs in India.
  • VTS Software can be provided to Indian trade friendly nations viz. Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Gulf countries.
  • Will also minimize the cost for future upgradations of software.
  • Shall be easier to interconnect with MIS/ERP softwares of ports.
  • Availability of Indian VTS software shall make Indian companies to be competitive commercially in global bids.

For the records, VTS and VTMS is a software which determines vessel positions, position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings and extensive management of traffic within a port or waterway.

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) contribute to safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment, adjacent shore areas, work sites and offshore installations from possible adverse effects of maritime traffic.

Concluding, Vessels Traffic Management Systems are installed in some of the busiest waters in the world, and are making valuable contribution to safer navigation, more efficient traffic flow, and protection of the environment.