A Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on Technology Cooperation in the Shipping and Ports
Infrastructure was signed today between India and Austria. The MoU was
signed by Shri G. K. Vasan, Minister of Shipping with Mrs. Doris Bures,
Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation & Technology in New
While welcoming the Austrian Minister, Shri Vasan recalled that
traditionally, India – Austria relations have been warm and friendly.
There has been regular exchange of high level visits between the two
countries during which the special emphasis is put on strengthening
economic and commercial cooperation and scientific cooperation.
Austria derives its importance by virtue of its active role in
international organizations. With its central location in the heart of
Europe and historical linkages and legacy with the countries of the
region, Austria is also well placed to serve as a gateway to emerging
market economies in Central & East Europe. Cutting edge technology is
Austria`s forte in several niche areas of interest to us, particularly
Shipping continues to dominate as the world’s most efficient means of
transportation and it is the endeavour of the Ministry of Shipping to
take necessary initiatives to recognize, reward and promote quality
whenever and wherever it is found within the industry.
New technologies for implementation of International Ship & Port
Security code, use of radio frequency identification in logistics and
transport planning and optical character recognition in terminals to
speed up the processing of containers in and out are the areas where
Austrian expertise could be utilized in India.
Realtime Kinematics (RTK) measurements of tides and currents for
facilitations of berth to berth navigation in Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of
Khambat could be developed with Austrian expertise.
Since more than 300km of Danube river in Austria is used for navigation
purpose with a well-developed and regulated inland waterway system their
experience and expertise in the field of Inland Water Transport would be
beneficial to the development of Inland Water Transport in India.
The Minister also hoped that signing of the MoU will pave way for
sharing appropriate know-how, scientific knowledge and research and
development capabilities between the two countries. It will enable the
Indian organizations in the Ports and Shipping Sectors to acquire latest
knowledge and technology etc. from Austria.