India launches Mercantile Marine Domain Awareness Centre(MMDAC)

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The government of India has launched Sagar-Manthan: Mercantile Marine Domain Awareness Centre(MMDAC). It is a real-time vessel tracking and seafarers’ help system.

About Sagar-Manthan-MMDAC:

  • It is a Maritime information system. Thus, it will enhance maritime safety, search and rescue capabilities, security, and marine environment protection.
  • Functions:
    • It has a real-time vessel tracking feature that can help seafarers and fishermen in times of need.
    • Apart from tracking Indian vessels globally, it can also track foreign vessels within 1,000-km of India’s coastline.
    • It can also organize help for other countries in case of an emergency.
  • Operated by: It will be operated by the Director-General of Shipping.
  • India will be sharing this information system with Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Source: Hindu Businessline


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