National Maritime Day Current Affairs - 2020

National Maritime Day 2019

The National Maritime Day 2019 was observed on April 5, 2019. The theme of the National Maritime Day 2019 was “Indian Ocean – An Ocean of opportunity”.

National Maritime Day

National Maritime Day (NMD) first observed on April 5, 1964, aims to spread awareness in supporting safe and environmentally sound commerce between the continents across the world.

Awards Conferred during the National Maritime Day
  • NMD Varuna Award to recognize persons for their sustained and outstanding contribution.
  • NMD Award of Excellence to recognize and persons for their lifetime exceptional and distinguished achievements or performance at the senior functional level in the Indian Maritime Sector.
  • Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maritime Education and Training’ shall be given by the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central) Committee for the sustained contribution made by an individual to the Maritime Education and training.

It has to be noted that the World Maritime Day is celebrated on last thursday of every year to highlight the importance of shipping, maritime security and environment.

5 April: National Maritime Day

The National Maritime Day (NMD) is observed every year on 5 April to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian owned ship “SS Loyalty” (the first ship of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd) sailed from Bombay to London on 5th April 1919. It was crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British.  It marked red letter day in maritime history of India, a country known for its seafaring abilities since ancient days.

This year is it is 55th edition of NMD and theme is “Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity”. The NMD is being observed annually since 1964. It provides opportunity to spread awareness in supporting safe and environmentally sound commerce between continents across the world. It should be noted that World Maritime Day (WMD) is observed on September 29 to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.