National Maritime Day observed on board MV Coral Queen

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
6 Apr 2018

Castle Ships Private Ltd celebrated 55th National Maritime Day on board MV Coral Queen on Thursday on the theme ‘Indian Shipping – An Ocean of opportunity’. The day is celebrated to illustrate awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and 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.
The Master of MV Coral Queen, Mr Rohit Lall said that the management decided to celebrate the occasion in a different manner this year. “To sensitize people on the importance of Swachh Bharat Mission and Beti Bachao Beti Padao, two female staff were appointed by the management for MV Coral Queen. Among others, beach cleaning drive, contests like cricket match, drawing etc were organized for passengers on board during voyage to Havelock. Altogether 24 children participated in the competitions and were awarded prizes in different categories. Such diverse activities were probably organized for the first time on board a passenger vessel here,” he said.
The National Maritime Day (NMD) is observed every year on 5th April to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian owned ship “SS Loyalty”  sailed from Bombay to London on 5th April 1919 . It was a crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British. This year is it is 54th edition of NMD and theme is “Connecting India through Shipping”. The NMD was first celebrated on 5th April, 1964. It should be noted that the World Maritime Day (WMD) is observed on September 29 to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.