Cochin Port Day was celebrated on 28th May
2019 at Samudrika Hall, North End, Willingdon Island.
Shri K.S. Srinivas, IAS, Chairman, Marine
Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) was the Chief Guest of the
function. Dr. M. Beena IAS, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, Shri A.V. Ramana,
Deputy Chairman, representatives of trade unions & the trade, employees and
families were present.
Best performing port users and outstanding
performers among the employees of the Port were awarded. Entertainment
programmes were staged by employees and their family members.
A dredger of Dredging Corporation of India
was arranged at the BTP berth for public visit from 10 AM to 5 PM.
(The construction of the inner harbour
from 1921 is deemed as the transformation of Cochin as a modern and safe Port.
The first ship-SS Padma entered the inner harbour through the widened and
deepened Cochin gut on 26th May 1928. Cochin Port Day is celebrated in
commemoration of entry of first ship into Cochin Harbour.)
K S Srinivas credited the Cochin port for the development of Kochi as
a commercial hub. “The presence of the port gave the city the importance it
enjoys due to commercial activities. The port distinguishes Kochi from other
coastal cities of the state,” Srinivas said.
Speaking at the function CPT Chairman said she would bring in more
development to the Kochi fisheries harbour by ensuring the further contribution
of MPEDA to the harbour.