Shipping Secretary to grace ‘Day of the Seafarer’ celebrations today

June 25, 2015 11:34 am Published by

The National Maritime Day Celebrations (NMDC) Central Committee is celebrating the 5th ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The theme of this year’s celebrations is “Careers at Sea”. As a part of the celebrations, a function is scheduled to be held at the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Auditorium, Shivaji Park, Dadar (W), Mumbai, which will be graced by Mr Rajive Kumar, IAS, Secretary Shipping, as Chief Guest and Capt. J. C. Anand, Chairman Emeritus, Indian Register of Shipping, as Guest of Honour.

Mr Deepak Shetty, IRS, Chairman of NMDC (Central) Committee and Director-General of Shipping, will welcome the august gathering, which would be followed by a talk by serving seafarers. Mr Pawan Kapoor, Chairman and Managing Director, ISF Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd, and Capt. K. N. Deboo, Director and Principal, Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre, would also enlighten the gathering with their experiences

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has identified June 25 of each year as the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognising the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.

The ‘Day of the Seafarer’ provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers for the unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of society at large.

This day is also an opportunity to educate the public about issues facing the modern day seafarer, such as piracy, criminalisation, etc. The aim of the day is to:

* Recognise all the seafarers around the world

* Raise awareness of seafarers’ demanding working environment, challenges faced and sacrifices made

* Raise awareness of seafarers’ contribution to the global economy

India has emerged as a major supplier of seafarers to the world fleet. Indian seafarers constitute around 7 per cent of the total in the world.

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