Port Wings News Network:
The 55th National Maritime Day was observed with gusto by Paradip Port Trust on 5 April, 2018. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust unfurled the National Maritime Day flag at the function held at Wet Basin of the Port in the morning.
Addressing on the occasion Shri Roy, highlighted how PPT inspite of handling dry bulk cargo, became the 2nd Major Port in India by achieving coveted 102 MMT mark in terms of cargo handling in the last fiscal. He made some worthy mentions of innovations put into place by some PPT Officials and employees to realize the dream of 100 MMT mark and thus by PPT joined an exclusive club of Ports to achieve the record fate. He commended the efforts put forth despite significant reduction in staff strength. He called upon all the stakeholders to put up their best efforts, so that PPT can achieve the mission of No. 1 Port in India and the coveted 120 MMT cargo handling mark in the current fiscal.
Guest of Honour Shri N. Vaiyapuri, Dy. Chairman, PPT elucidated on the importance of celebration of Maritime day and emphasized how PPT is offering the lowest cost freight services. Presiding over the function, Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT in his welcome address said that the 5th April is celebrated as National Maritime Day in India because history was created on this day in the year 1919, when the first Indian owned ship SS Loyalty, sailed from Bombay to London. Guest of Honour Shri Prithiviraj Patnaik, Sr. Chief Engineer, Marine (Retd.) was felicitated on the occasion.
Several competitions relating to marine jobs were conducted amongst the employees of Paradip Port Trust, ladies present on the occasion, Indian Coast Guard, CISF and the trainees of Orissa Maritime Academy. Chief Guest Shri Roy gave away the prizes to the winners. Shri B. Sikdar, Sr. Marine Engineer of PPT tendered Vote of thanks. Last evening, a seminar was organised by Marine Deptt. with the theme “Indian Shipping – An Ocean of Opportunities” as part of Merchant Navy Week celebrations from 29th March to 5th April, 2018. Around 200 participants from the State & Central Govt. Agencies, Port Users, PPT Officials and cadets from Orissa Maritime Academy participated in the seminar.