Sarbananda Sonowal opens “SAGAR SAMPARK”

The Department of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is committed to innovation, building the best infrastructure and strengthening India’s maritime transport sector. To advance the digital initiative in the maritime sector, the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways of the Union, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, today inaugurated the indigenous Differential Global Navigation Satellite System (DGNSS) “SAGAR SAMPARK” in the presence of Minister Shri Shripad Y. Naik of the State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Shri TK Ramachandran, IAS Secretary, MoPSW and other senior officials from the Ministry and the General Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships. DGNSS is a terrestrial enhancement system that corrects errors and inaccuracies in the global navigation satellite system (GNSS), allowing for more accurate position information.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said on the occasion, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri.” Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, has made shipping safety a high priority, especially given the significant increase in shipping volume in the recent past. He said that the introduction of “Sagar Sampark – Differential Global Navigation Satellite System (DGNSS)” at 06 sites under the DGLL will definitely improve the capability of the DGLL in the field of radio aids for maritime navigation.

The DGNSS service will help seafarers navigate safely and reduce the risk of collisions, groundings and accidents in port and port areas. This results in safe and efficient ship movement.

On that occasion, Shri Shripad Y. Naik said: “DGNSS is an essential radio aid for navigation to fulfill the international obligations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation. “Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)“.

After recapitalization with multiple satellite constellations such as GPS and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), DGNSS further increases availability and redundancy according to international standards, helping seafarers to improve their positioning within 5 meters.

The latest DGNSS system is now able to transmit corrections from GPS and GLONASS. The DGNSS greatly improves GPS positioning accuracy and reduces errors caused by atmospheric inferences, satellite clock drift and other factors. This is achieved with the help of the most modern receivers and the latest software. Error correction accuracy has been improved from 5-10 meters to less than 5 meters for 100 nautical miles from the coasts of India.

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