Extracted 07SEP2011 from http://logisticsweek.com/news/2011/09/government-adopts-modern-technology-to-...
To overcome the problems of congestion and collision in ports and minimize the accidents, a Management Information System called Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) has been developed. This was stated by the Union Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan in a supplementary reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Shri Vasan further stated that the system has various sensors like Radars, Automatic Identification System (AIS), Meteorological and Hydrological Sensors, computers and communication link to provide up to-date picture of the Harbour & Waterways to effectively monitor the navigation of vessels.
By ensuring movement of orderly traffic, VTMS helps reduce risk to human lives, severity of accidents and environmental pollution besides increasing shipping efficiency and facilitating enhanced commerce and traffic.