Maritime Single Window and MMD Modules Launched

  • Launched by Union Minister for the Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Mr Sarbananda Sonowal.
  • Launched two digital modules within the SagarSetu (NLP-Marine) platform.
  • The Maritime Single Window (MSW) and the Mercantile Maritime Department (MMD).

Key Highlights:

  • MoPSW now aligns with global standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • Adheres to the processes mandated by the FAL Convention of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Maritime Single Window (Msw) Module

  • It is a cutting-edge digital platform designed to revolutionize the exchange of maritime-related information and documents.
  • It facilitates electronic submission, processing, and communication between government authorities, port operators, shipping agents, trade associations, and other stakeholders involved in international maritime trade.
  • It has undergone successful testing with officials from the Directorate General of Shipping, along with active participation from Shipping Agents, Trade Associations, and Port Officials of all Major Ports.
  • It will eliminate the reliance on paper-based and manual processes.
  • It facilitates the online submission of documents related to the Arrival, Stay, and Departure of Ships, allowing fast approval by various authorities, including Ports, Immigration, and Customs.
  • It will contribute to faster turnaround times for vessels.

Mercantile Marine Department (Mmd) Module

  • It encompasses two core functionalities in the Maritime Mobile Domain process.
  • The Vessel Detention function allows MMD officials to efficiently monitor the status of ships at ports, facilitating the planning of vessel inspections.
  • It empowers officials to update inspection reports and statuses, with the capability to designate a vessel as “Detained” in cases of identified discrepancies.
  • Notifications of vessel detentions are communicated to relevant authorities such as Ports, Customs, and Immigration, guiding their actions based on real-time vessel statuses before allowing ships to sail from the port.
  • The Vessel Release functionality comes after a re-inspection process.
  • This feature helps to update the release status of the vessel, signalling its readiness to depart the port.
  • Notifications of vessel releases are sent to Ports, Customs, and Immigration.
  • Authorities then take appropriate actions, ensuring that ships are allowed to sail based on the current real-time status of the vessel.

Background:

  • Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) is a government body under the Directorate General of Shipping of the Ministry of Ports, Waterways & Shipping.
  • Launched in April 2023, the ‘SAGAR-SETU’ mobile app, an extension of NLP-Marine, offers real-time information on vessels, gate details, container freight stations, and transactions.
  • It streamlines import and export clearances by enabling digital payments for associated charges like shipping fees, transportation costs, and container freight station fees.
  • The Maritime Vision 2030 charts a course for India to excel in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) and operational efficiency through technology.
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