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National Maritime Day in India 2019: Theme, History and Significance

National Maritime Day in India is observed on 5 April every year. First time it was celebrated on 5 April, 1964. Let us study through this article why National Maritime Day is celebrated, how it is celebrated, objective behind the celebration etc.
Apr 5, 2019 11:00 IST
National Maritime Day in India 2018

In the India's navigation a history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd journeyed to the United Kingdom. This was a crucial step in India's shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British. Let us tell you that for the first time this day was celebrated on 5 April, 1964 to inform people and spread awareness about intercontinental commerce and the economy worldwide.

Theme of National Maritime Day of India 2019

The theme of 56th edition of the National Maritime Day 2019 celebrations is “Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity". This day is celebrated to support the global economy, the most well-organized, safe and sound environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the world.

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Some interesting facts about National Maritime Day celebrations

- It was first celebrated on 5 April, 1964.

- On National Maritime Day 2019 in India an award ceremony is also organised for those who have given an outstanding contribution to Indian Maritime Sector. Last year the Committee of this year celebration instituted the highest award to recognise and honour persons for their sustained and unimaginable contribution. This award is known as Varuna Award which consists of a statue of Lord Varuna and a Citation.

- The ‘NMD Award of Excellence’ shall also be given during celebrations which consist of a trophy and a citation. It is given to recognize and honour persons for their life time exceptional and distinguished achievements or performance at the senior functional level in Indian Maritime sector.

- The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maritime Education and Training’ award shall consist of a Trophy and a Citation. It is given to recognise and honour distinguished individuals for their sustained contribution to the Maritime Education and training.

- In post-independence era the country has scheduled a notable growth in shipping. In the Maritime history, United Kingdom has nominated International Maritime Organisation for maritime protection and to prevent pollution from ships. In 1959 India became an associate of this agency.

- This association convenes maritime conferences and drafts worldwide maritime conventions on a standard basis.

No doubt for all-round development of the country sea route maturity and preservation is extremely essential. 5 April marks the inevitability of shielding, preserving and defending our maritime zone.

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