National Maritime Day in India is observed on 5 April every year. This year is 57th edition of the National Maritime Day. The National Maritime Day is celebrated every year day to illustrate the awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy as the most well-organized, safe and sound, environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the world.
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History of National Maritime Day of India:
The National Maritime Day was first celebrated on April 5, 1964. The saga of India shipping first started on April 5, 1919, when the SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd travelled from Mumbai to the United Kingdom (London). On this day an award called “Varuna” is conferred to those who made an outstanding contribution to Indian maritime sector.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- World Maritime Day is observed on the last week of September on Thursday annually.
- This year World Maritime Day will be celebrated on September 24, 2020.
- According to the International Maritime Organization, “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” has been selected as the World Maritime theme for 2020.