Union Ministry of Shipping has signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with IIT Kharagpur for setting up Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology (CICMT) at IIT Kharagpur. It will be first of its kind centre in India focusiing on indigenisation of ship designing, building and testing.
Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology (CICMT)
- It will provide technological support, research, testing and experimentation facility to agencies involved in inland water transport, shipbuilding, ports. etc.
- It will focus on ship design for coastal and inland waterways, shipbuilding technology and structural design, transport systems & logistics, cryogenic cargo handling.
- It will also foucus on green/renewable energy harvesting from coastal and inland waters and automation and artificial intelligence (AI) for maritime operations.
- Funding: The cost of this project around Rs 69.20 crore is being funded under the Sagarmala programme. The funding will be for 5 years after which revenues generated from end users will make it sustainable
- Significance: Its establishment signifies major leap in indigenous innovation and cutting edge technology support to port and maritime sector directly contributing to Sagarmala programme.
- It is based on close collaboration amongst government, academic institutions and industry to make applied research relevant to day to day ground work in the port and maritime sector.
- Benefits: It will serve as hub for latest technology tools for maritime sector and reduce India’s dependence on foreign institutions. It will also reduce cost of research drastically and result in cost and time savings for work in the port and maritime sector. It will provide much required impetus to development of inland waterways and coastal shipping in the country. It will enable India to become key player in ship modal testing facility as only four other Eurpoean countries (Germany, Netherlands, Russia and Belgium) in the world have this testing facility at present.