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The In­land Wa­ter­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (IWAI) has launched a ded­i­cated por­tal to con­nect cargo own­ers and ship­pers with real-time data on avail­abil­ity of ves­sels. The land­mark e-con­nect mea­sure will en­able di­rect in­ter­ac­tion among the ves­sel op­er­a­tors, ship­pers and cargo own­ers as cur­rently, there is no plat­form to know the avail­abil­ity of ves­sels in the mar­ket. It has been de­signed and de­vel­oped by the in-house IT depart­ment and the traf­fic wing of IWAI as part of its pre­pared­ness for op­ti­mal use of its on­go­ing ca­pac­ity devel­op­ment on var­i­ous na­tional wa­ter­ways. Nu­tan Guha Biswas, Chair­per­son, IWAI, on the launch re­vealed, “The step is in line with IWAI’s com­mit­ment to pro­mote In­land Wa­ter Trans­port (IWT) in In­dia through crit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions, both phys­i­cal and by cre­at­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.” Named as the Fo­rum of Cargo-Own­ers and Lo­gis­tics-Op­er­a­tors (FO­CAL), it will fa­cil­i­tate re­sponses from the lo­gis­tic op­er­a­tors against the re­quire­ment raised by cargo own­ers and vice-versa. The link of the por­tal is avail­able at: www.iwai.nic.in.

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