Rolta India Ltd. today announced that the Company has been awarded the prestigious contract for establishing “National NAVTEX Network” from a subordinate office under the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Government of India that provides General Aids to Mariner Navigation along the Indian coast. The establishment of NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) network by Rolta will now provide enhanced safety and security for maritime traffic in coastal waters of India. NAVTEX is an international automated medium frequency service for delivery of navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts, as well as urgent marine safety information to ships. NAVTEX is a component of the International Maritime Organization / International Hydrographic Organization, Worldwide Navigation Warning Service (WWNWS) and is also a major element of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS).
The Indian NAVTEX system being deployed by Rolta shall provide coverage upto 250 nautical miles (460 km) from the Indian coast line and will transmit maritime navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts, as well as urgent marine safety information to ships at sea in Indian waters. This network will consist of 7 interlinked broadcasting sites to cover the entire Indian coastline with a Command & Control Centre on the Western coast and an identical Command & Control Center on the Eastern coast.
This Indian NAVTEX Network is the first of its kind for the country. Rolta’s success in winning this project is a part of its foray in the diversified domains of Communications, Optronics and Command & Control for the Defence and HLS markets. This success will open many more opportunities for the Company in the ever growing Defence and HLS domains where government emphasis is shifting from imported solutions to those developed by the Indian industry.
Commenting on the occasion, Chairman and Managing Director of Rolta, Mr. K. K. Singh said, “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to establish such a high-tech communication network system for the safety and security of ships in coastal waters of India. This state-of-the-art solution will place India amongst select developed nations worldwide that have similar sophisticated systems in place.