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54TH Maritime Day Celebration at RLINS

National Maritime Day is observed every year on 5th April to commemorate the sacrifices of the unknown sailors who have made invaluable contributions in the field of merchant navy. The maritime day is usually celebrated as a week-long programme from 30th March to 5th April consisting of various co-curricular activities participated by our cadets. All these activities are meticulously planned and executed diligently to encourage a sense of participation among the students in various events such as Just a Minute (JAM), Film Making, Maiming, Dance, Singing etc.

Origin of Maritime Day

The development of the nation rests with the volume of trade it makes internally as well as in a global level. The nation is considered as a developed one when it successfully makes inroads in the volume of trade utilizing the precious in- land water ways and international sea route. Presently, 90 per cent of India’s international trade in terms of volume and 77 per cent in terms of value is moved by sea. India continues to have the largest merchant shipping fleet among the developing countries and ranks 17th in the world in terms of shipping tonnage. Hence, the importance of Maritime Day. On this day, the country renews its abiding faith in the importance of maritime zone as well as sea route for an all-round development of the nation. The country also resolves to protect, preserve and defend its maritime zone and right to navigate in the high seas and international zones. The history of all the nations brings out the fact that if a nation wants to achieve economic independence and prosperity, surely it should venture in to sea borne trade which our nation started even before 3000 years. The strategic geographical position of the Indian sub-continent with vast expanse of the seas around naturally led to seafaring even in the days of the Indus Valley civilization. Since time immemorial Indians have displayed a remarkable interest in seafaring and maritime activities. The shipbuilding industry in India had shown great progress so long as sailing ships with wooden hull were in vogue. Surely India is blessed with the demographic dividends of having perennial rivers criss crossing across the length and breadth of the nation and also India has about 7516 kilometres of coastline serviced by a total of 182 ports, 12 of them under a special status as Major Ports being under the purview of the Central Government. Seventy other ports termed as minor ones come under the jurisdiction of the respective State Governments. Ennore in Tamil Nadu has been declared as the 12th Major Port.


54th Indian Maritime Day at RLINS

RLINS keeps its tradition of celebrating the maritime day with pride and dignity. The chief guest of this function was Ms. Victoria Gowri, Director, Kamarajar Port Trust, Ennore, Chennai. Earlier the chief guest was received by our principal Mr. C.Chandrasekar and the chief guest was introduced to our president Dr. R. Lakshmipathy, Management Executive Mr. Ram Kumar and Advisor-Technical, Mr. M.Subramanian by our principal. The chief guest hoisted the national flag and laid the wreath to pay homage for the unknown sailors and she also took the guard of honour given by our cadets. The principal addressed on the dais and informed this year’s theme of Maritime Day declared by IMO as the year of ‘’ Connecting Ships, Ports and People’’ Then as a mark of respect for the unknown sailors two minute silence was observed.

In the function at the auditorium, the dignitaries on the stage lighted the Kuthuvilaku (Traditional Lamp). The principal welcomed the gathering; Advisor-Technical introduced the chief guest. Our president delivered presidential address. In his address he highlighted the importance of the right attitude to reap success in their chosen career and advised the cadets to be disciplined and not to fall a prey in the hands of middle men while searching for a job. Our president emphasized the efforts taken by the institute for bringing on-campus recruitment for the meritorious students. The chief guest during her address touched upon the origin of the maritime day and brought out the historical moments with which India marched towards the progress in the maritime industry. She was in full praise of the government which has brought sea change in modernizing all the ports of our country this leading to immense benefits to the marine engineers in the near future. She also pointed out that our country was thriving even in ancient times by establishing the Lothal port in the bay of Cambay in Gujarat.

Later the prize distribution took the centre stage in which many students received prizes for participating in various events. The function culminated in the cultural events in which gala of events staged by our cadets were all mesmerizing and enthralling. The 54th Indian Maritime Day celebration came to a close with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. M. Kumaraswamy and followed by the national anthem.


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