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Mr Gadkari lays foundation stone for Central Inland & Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 14 Mar 2019

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The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Mr Nitin Gadkari, last week laid the foundation stone for the Central Inland & Coastal Maritime Technology- IIT Kharagpur. Mr Gadkari said that the state-of-the-art Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology being setup at IIT Kharagpur under the Sagarmala programme, is of strategic long-term interest for the port and maritime sector of the country. He said the centre will be a hub for the latest technology tools for the maritime sector and reduce India’s dependence on foreign institutions. It will also reduce the cost of research drastically and result in cost and time savings for work in the port and maritime sector.

An official release said that CICMT is being fully funded under unique and innovative projects under Sagarmala to address the long felt need for applied research and development for the inland waterways sector. At the moment, there is no testing and experimentation facility available in the country for inland and coastal vessels, for which the shipbuilders have to approach various European countries. The CICMT at IIT Kharagpur will provide technological support, research, testing and experimentation facility to the Ministry of Shipping and its subordinate offices such as Inland Waterways Authority of India, Cochin Shipyard Ltd and Major Ports.

The centre will focus on following domain areas:
i. Ship Design for Coastal/Inland waterways
ii. Shipbuilding Technology and Structural Design
iii. Transport Systems & Logistics
iv. Cryogenic Cargo Handling
v. Green/Renewable Energy harvesting from Coastal and Inland waters
vi. Automation and AI for Maritime Operations

The cost of the project is INR 69.20 crore. The funding for CICMT is for 5 years only and once the facility is functional, revenues generated from the end users will make it sustainable. The CICMT set-up signifies a major leap in indigenous innovation and cutting-edge technology support to the port and maritime sector directly contributing to the Sagarmalap programme and supports ‘Make in India’, and is based on close collaboration amongst government, academic institutions and industry to make applied research relevant to day-to-day groundwork in the port and maritime sector.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
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