5 April observed as a National Maritime Day every year in India. The National Maritime Day was celebrated since 1964. The day is dedicated to seafarers.

About the Day

The National Maritime Day is celebrated to support global economy through sea transport. It also supports safe and sound environmentally responsive way of transporting goods from one part of the world to the other.

Theme for 2021 National Maritime Day: ‘Sustainable Shipping beyond COVID-19’ on the lines of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ initiative 

History

On 5th April 1919, Indian shipping began. This is why India celebrates National Maritime Day on 5th April every year. The first ship of India The SS Loyalty sailed from Mumbai to the UK. It was manufactured by the Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd. This is highly historic as the sea routes were completely under the British control in those days.

Awards

On that Day, the National Maritime Day Awards are presented. The awards recognise the efforts of people from the Indian Maritime Sector. Varuna award is presented for their long and exceptional contribution. The award consists of a statue of Lord Varuna. Also, the NMD Award of Excellence is presented on this day.

Maritime Day in other countries

The other countries that celebrate Maritime Day are the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Pakistan, the United States of America.

World Maritime Day

The Day is celebrated on 30th September every year by UN and also by other international organisations. Just like National Maritime Day, the World Maritime Day is also dedicated to the seafarers.

Theme for 2021 World Maritime Day is : Seafarers at the core of Shipping’s future

Significance

India has 43 shipping companies that own more than 1400 ships. They have a capacity of 12.69 million tonnes. Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of transportation of goods. Therefore, India focuses on maritime security, maritime infrastructure, maritime education and development of maritime standards in its policies.

Day of Seafarer

It is celebrated on 25th June. The Day of Seafarer is celebrated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and also by other international organisations.

About International Maritime Organisation

It is responsible for maritime protection and preventing pollution from ships. India became the member of IMO in the year 1959.

5 April National Maritime Day