Shri Sarbananda Sonowal Launches Port Health Organisation (PHO) under Sagar Setu to Promote Ease of Doing Business

The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, introduced the Port Health Organisation (PHO) module as part of the Sagar Setu – National Logistics Portal (Marine). The goal is to create a quicker and simpler system that promotes Ease of Doing Business (EODB) in the maritime sector.

The PHO module will be responsible for monitoring diseases, conducting health inspections, and implementing quarantine measures to ensure the safety of citizens and port workers. This digital initiative was launched in the presence of Shri T K Ramachandra, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, and other senior officials of the ministry.

This new system aims to streamline health-related processes and enhance efficiency in the maritime industry, ultimately benefiting businesses and improving the overall logistics ecosystem.

About Port Health Organisation (PHO) Module

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways is dedicated to modernizing and transforming our ports to be future-ready. The launch of the PHO module is a significant step towards digitalization and modernization, making it easier to do business in the country.

  • The PHO module is designed to improve the ease of doing business by providing features like requesting PHO clearance certificates, online certification generation, and tracking the status of requests.
  • It will facilitate collaboration between Shipping Agents, PHOs, Port Authorities, Customs, and other agencies, making the process more efficient and transparent.
  • With a focus on public health, the PHO will conduct disease surveillance, health inspections, and quarantine measures to protect citizens and port workers.
  • The module will ensure paperless and transparent approvals and monitoring, enhancing data mobility.
  • For Custodians like Ports Authorities and Customs, this module will enable seamless communication, streamline processes, and enhance efficiency.

Overall, the PHO module of Sagar Setu (NLP-M) will boost maritime trade and facilitate digitization in the maritime process, further improving the ease of doing business in the maritime sector.

About Sagar Setu

Sagar Setu is a national maritime single window platform that was launched by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways in April 2023. It is a web-based and mobile-based platform that provides a single point of access for all maritime-related services.

  • Sagar Setu (National Logistic Portal – Marine) is a valuable tool that will benefit Shipping Agents by allowing them to submit requests for Free Pratique and Health Declaration Certificates to PHOs at Ports through an online platform.
  • This streamlined process applies to vessels arriving and departing from the Ports. PHOs can efficiently approve and issue certificates using the PHO module, and notifications will be sent to Port Officials.
  • In addition, a mobile app version called ‘SAGAR-SETU’ was launched in April 2023.
  • This app provides real-time information on vessel-related details, gate information, container freight stations, and transactions.
  • It also facilitates digital payments for charges associated with import and export clearance processes, including shipping line charges, transportation fees, and container freight station charges.

With the integration of these digital tools, the maritime sector is embracing modernization and enhancing efficiency in operations, making it easier for stakeholders to manage vessel-related processes and transactions at Ports.

Benefits of Sagar Setu

  • Reduced paperwork: Sagar Setu eliminates the need for businesses to submit multiple copies of documents. This saves time and money.
  • Faster clearances: Sagar Setu allows businesses to get clearances faster. This can help them to improve their efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Increased transparency: Sagar Setu provides businesses with greater transparency into the maritime supply chain. This can help them to make better decisions and reduce risks.
  • Improved security: Sagar Setu has enhanced security features that can help to protect businesses from fraud and other risks.

Overall, Sagar Setu is a valuable tool for businesses that are involved in maritime trade. It can help them to save time, and money, and improve their efficiency.


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