Minister of State for Shipping in India, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, launched the Indigenous Software solution for Vessel traffic services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) in New Delhi.
India digitalizes its bills of lading and additional trade documentation workflows by using blockchain technology as part of its Port Community System.
India claims that it has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial bio-metric data of seafarers. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, initiated the project in New Delhi, on August 28. He also handed over the new BSID cards to five Indian seafarers.
As the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai informed, it has issued a circular on August 21 regarding its grievance redressal mechanism, as well as registration of complaints from Indian seafarers. In order to overcome procedural delays and expedite resolution of seafarers, grievances, the grievance redressal mechanism is being launched online for registering grievance and obtaining response thereon.
Maersk will be cooperating with BlackBuck, an Indian online marketplace for trucking, aiming to provide an online marketplace for containerized trucking in export/import logistics in India. The platform will be open to the whole industry. This move comes as India plans to decrease logistics costs from 14% of the GDP, to no more than 9% by 2022.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping signed a Memorandum of Agreement with IIT Kharagpur for establishing the Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur. The centre will be a hub for latest technology tools for maritime sector and will reduce India’s dependence on foreign institutions.
DP World will start its first hyperloop project in India. During 2018, DP World collaborated with Virgin Hyperloop One to create a cargo transporter. Now, the first project destination will take place in India. However, it is not yet known when the project will start. Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of passenger and freight transportation in which a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a near-vacuum steel tube.
With the portal Forum of Cargo Owners and Logistics Operators (FOCAL), operators will have direct interaction with shippers and cargo owners. It will also enable responses from the logistics operators against the requirement raised by cargo owners.
The classification society, Indian Register of Shipping informed that it has secured ISO/IEC 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System from the British Standards Institution. The ISO 27001 standard requires the management to examine its organisation’s information security risks, vulnerabilities and impacts, implement a set of information security controls to address risks that is considered unacceptable.
In a bid to address the cyber risks of emerging technologies that are being introduced to the Indian maritime industry, Indian Register of Shipping has developed class rules based on guidelines set by IMO, as well as appropriate standards, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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