Government to provide more marine visual aids

NEW DELHI, NOV. 29. The Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, T.R. Baalu, today said the Government would make all efforts to provide a marine visual aid every 30 nautical miles along the coast of Indiato ensure seamless movement of marine traffic.

Inaugurating the 35th session of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Council being hosted by India for the first time, Mr. Baalu said all the major ports and some minor ports hadbecome International Ship And Port Security (ISPS) code compliant.

To implement the ISPS code in an effective manner, the National Automatic Identification System (AIS) network will also be established along the coast.

On the occasion he also released a book, `Lighthouses of India'.

IALA, a non-governmental association, brings together services and organisations concerned with the provision or maintenance of marine aids to navigation systems and allied activities. It aims at fostering safe, economical and expeditious movement of vessels.

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