Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the
foundation stone for National
Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC), at IIT Chennai on
February 26th. The Ministry of Shipping
and the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai also signed an MoU for this at
the event today.
NTCPWC, being set up
under the Shipping Ministry’s flagship program Sagarmala, will act as a
technology arm of the Ministry of Shipping for providing engineering and
technological inputs and support for Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India
and other institutions.
It will carry on applied research in the areas
of 2D and 3D Modelling of Ocean, Coastal and Estuarine flows, Sediment
Transport and Morphodynamics, Navigation and Maneuvering, Dredging and
Siltation, Port and Coastal Engineering-Structures and Breakwaters, Autonomous
Platforms and Vehicles, Experimental and CFD modeling of flow and hull
interaction, hydrodynamics of multiple hulls and ocean renewable energy.
The Centre will provide indigenous software and
technology, make technical guidelines and standards and address port and
maritime issues with models and simulations. The centre will not only help
generate new technology and innovations but also work towards their successful
commercialization. It will provide
learning opportunities for the people working in Ministry of Shipping.
NTCPWC is being set up at a cost of Rs 70.53 Crore
to be shared by Ministry of Shipping, Inland Waterways Authority of India and
the Major Ports. Ministry of Shipping’s grant is towards capital expenditure
for creating facilities like Field Research Facility (FRF), Sedimentation and
Erosion Management Test Basin and Ship/Tow Simulator. The Centre will be self
sustainable in three years through industry consultancy projects for Indian and
global port and maritime sector.
The setting up of NTCPWC would give a boost to the
development of indigenous technology relevant to the Port and Maritime sector
in India. This would also be a major shot in the arm for
the Government’s ‘Make in India” program, and provide a push to its Sagar Mala
as a world class state-of-the - art centre, NTCPWC will be a hub for latest
technology tools and reduce our 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.