Paradip, September 28: With the theme, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” Paradip Port observed the 44th World Maritime Day on Tuesday.
On this occasion, Paradip Port Trust Harbour Master Capt. AC Sahu hoisted the World Maritime Day flag at the Marine Site office in the presence of other senior officials of the Marine Department and students of Odisha Maritime Academy.
Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the celebration of World Maritime Day was conducted in a restricted manner this year.
The significance of this day is to emphasise the importance of the 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.
World Maritime Day was first celebrated on 17th March, 1978 to mark the occasion of enforcing the first convention of IMO in 1958 and since then every year, during the last week of September, the World Maritime Day is observed globally.