This month, the 47th National Maritime Day was celebrated all over the country. Celebrations were also seen in Mumbai where the National Maritime Day Celebrations committee organized a seminar which spoke on Sea Faring – A Career of Opportunities. Another feature of this celebration was the photo exhibition organized by Training Ship Rehaman in Nhava Sheva which took the visitors back in time when shipping started in India. National maritime celebrations are weeklong celebrations, which culminate on 5 of April to commemorate the voyage of the first Indian Ship “S.S. Loyalty” from Mumbai to London on 5 April 1919. The principal objective of celebrating the Day is to enable the public to know more intimately about the activities of the Indian Shipping Industry and the important role it plays in the economy of the country. On this day officers, Seafarers and representatives of the national shipping industry gathered at Y B Chavan auditorium Mumbai to celebrate the 47th National Maritime Day. The theme this year was Seafaring- A Career of Opportunities. Present for the occasion was Union Minister for Shipping G K Vasan. On the occasion awards were also given to officers for their outstanding contribution to the Shipping industry. The most prestigious award, the Varuna Award was given to Late Jit Paul, Founder Director & Chairman Apeejay Shipping Ltd and Michael P Pinto IAS, Ex Secretary Ministry of Shipping. Apart from the seminar, a photo exhibition was also held by Training Ship Rahaman of Nhava. Training Ship Rahaman is one of the oldest maritime institutes of the country. Through its exhibition it took the dignitaries back in time when shipping started in India. Speaking to the media, Union Minister for Shipping G K Vasan said that Indian maritime sector plays an important role in the country’s international trade and today there is a need to develop the ports at an international level. This was followed by a band concert by the officers, their musical talent mesmerized the audience. Shipping has been called as ‘Silent Service’ as most of the shipping activity takes place away from the land. The observance of the National Maritime Day has, therefore served in enabling the people to participate in the celebrations and to share in the sense of pride and achievement of every cadet and sailor. With cameraperson Praveen Ithape, Jan Cabral for NMTV News.
November 19, 2011