ational Maritime Day is celebrated on April 5 every year. The saga of India shipping first started on April 5, 1919, when the SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd travelled from Mumbai to the United Kingdom (London).
Today is the 56th edition of the National Maritime Day 2019 and the theme of celebrations is “Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity”.
This main propose to celebrate the day to illustrate the awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy as the most well-organized, safe and sound, environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the world.
Here are seven interesting facts about National Maritime Day:
1. The National Maritime Day was first celebrated on April 5, 1964.
2. Today is the 56th edition of the National Maritime Day and the theme of the National Maritime Day 2019 celebrations is “Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity”.
3. According to the Directorate General of Shipping– ‘India now has 43 shipping companies owning 1,401 ships with a combined 12.69 million gross tonnage’ as of December 2018.
4. From the last year, the Central Committee of the National Maritime instituted the highest award to recognize and persons for their sustained and outstanding contribution. The award is called ‘Varuna Award’.
5. The ‘NMD Varuna Award’ shall consist of the statue of Lord Varuna and a Citation. The award shall be given on the occasion of National Maritime Day Celebrations of the relevant year, at the ceremony conducted in Mumbai.
6. The National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central) Committee has also instituted an “NMD Award of Excellence” to recognize and persons for their lifetime exceptional and distinguished achievements or performance at the senior functional level in the Indian Maritime Sector.
7. Even the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maritime Education and Training’ shall be given by the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central) Committee for the sustained contribution made by an individual to the Maritime Education and training.
8. India’s first shipping company had been found a few days earlier, on March 27. The company consisting of four Gujarati businessmen – Walchand Hirachand, Narottam Morarjee, Kilachand Devchand and Lallubhai Samaldas.
9. Walchand Hirachand, who was the Chairman of Scindia Steam Navigation, was also the first president of the Indian National Shipowners Association (INSA).