5 April: National Maritime Day
India on 5 April 2017 observed the 54th edition of the National Maritime Day.
At the inaugural function at the Tuticorin Port, Port Trust chairman S Anantha Chandra Bose placed a wreath on the memorial for sailors who sacrificed their lives at sea.
Significance of the day
• On this day in 1919, navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, journeyed to the United Kingdom.
• It was a crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British.
About National Maritime Day
• The National Maritime Day was first celebrated on 5 April 1964.
• India is strategically located in the Indian sub-continent and has about 7516 kilometres of coastline.
• The long coastline is serviced by a total of 182 ports, 12 of them under a special status as Major Ports.
• At present, 90% of India’s international trade in terms of volume and 77% in terms of value is moved by sea.