The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Aids to Navigation (AtoN) between the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) and the Department of Shipping, Government of Bangladesh, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The MoU envisages cooperation between the two countries in extending advice on lighthouses and beacons; on Vessel Traffic Service and chain of Automatic Identification System (AIS); and to impart training as per International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) training module to AtoN Managers and Technicians for Bangladesh.
As per International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) requirement, countries provide appropriate Aids to Navigation in their waters as per international recommendations and guidelines. Marine aids to navigation such as lighthouses, beacons, navigational and mooring buoys are operated to enhance the safe and efficient navigation of vessels and/or vessel traffic. India and Bangladesh’s geographical location presents an opportunity to develop mutual economies as well as enhance maritime security. The naval cooperation between both navies spans a wide spectrum of maritime activities. The MoU will further boost maritime cooperation between the two countries.