National Maritime Day observed in India

Apr 6, 2017 13:01 IST

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.

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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.

Quick Digest

Who: National Maritime Day

What: Observed

When: 5 April 2017

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