Port Wings News Network:
With the theme, “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”, Paradip Port observed the 43rd World Maritime Day, today. Unlike National Maritime Day, there is no fixed date of celebration of World Maritime Day. But, generally it is celebrated on last week of September every year. It depends on the individual Governments to decide a suitable date for celebration during last week of September and DG Shipping, Govt. of India has decided and directed to celebrate World Maritime Day on 24 September 2020 in India for this year.
On this occasion, at PPT, Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator hoisted the World Maritime Day flag at the Marine Site office in presence of other Sr. Officials of Marine Dept. Due to threat of spreading of COVID-19, the celebration of World Maritime Day was conducted in a restricted manner this year.
The significance of this day is to emphasize the importance of International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the maritime sector and to highlight its contribution towards Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Marine Environment. In simple manner, it can be explained that World Maritime Day is celebrated for carrying out commercial sea transport in a safe, secured and environmental friendly manner for the economic growth of the world.
The first celebration of World Maritime Day was done on 17 March 1978 to mark the occasion of enforcing first convention of IMO in 1958 and since then every year, during last week of September, the World Maritime Day is observed globally.