Online Dredging Monitoring System ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ launched

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Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MOPSW) and AYUSH Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launched ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ – Online Dredging Monitoring System on June 9, 2023 to accelerate the ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative of the Ministry.

The online dredging monitoring system “Sagar Samriddhi” aims to accelerate the “Waste to Wealth” campaign of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. Speaking at the launch, Union Minister Sonowal said that the system has been designed to minimize human error. This framework follows Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Zero Defect and Zero Effect. The launch event of the online dredging monitoring system attended by Shri Sudhansh Pant, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways along with other senior officials of the Ministry, major ports and organizations.

Important Points of ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ Online Dredging Monitoring System

  • The Sagar Samriddhi system has been develope by the National Technology Center for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), the technical arm of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
  • This new technology will bring an improvement over the Draft and Loading Monitor (DLM) system.
  • The system will bring coordination between multiple input reports such as daily dredging reports, processing pre and post dredging survey data and generate real time dredging reports.
  • The ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ monitoring system will also enable daily and monthly progress visualization, dredger performance and downtime monitoring, easy location track data with snapshots of loading, unloading and idle time.

The following are the capabilities of the ‘Sagar Samriddhi’ system:

  • Real time dredging progress report
  • Daily and monthly progress visualization
  • Dredger performance and downtime monitoring
  • Easy location track data with snapshots of loading, unloading and idle time

The use of online dredging monitoring system will help in sustainability of the environment and reduce the operational cost of ports. Which will bring more transparency and efficiency. Presently Cochin Port and Mumbai Port have adopted this system. Trials of the system are underway at New Mangalore Port and Deendayal Port.

About National Center for Ports, Waterways and Coastal Technology

The National Port Waterways and Coast Technology Center (NTCPWC) was establish at IIT Madras. A total investment of Rs 77 crore has been made for its establishment under the Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Shipping and Waterways. The NTCPWC was inaugurate on 24 April 2023 by Union Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal. The objective of this center is to enable research and development for the maritime sector while enabling it to come up with solutions towards achieving the ultimate goal of building a strong maritime industry in the country.

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