Grand Finale of 61st National Maritime Day highlights Sustainable Shipping

Mumbai, April 5th, 2024: The grand finale of the 61st National Maritime Day, centered around the theme "Sustainable Shipping: Opportunities and Challenges," unfolded at the prestigious Yashwantrao Chavan Centre in Nariman Point. Organized by the National Maritime Day Celebrations Central Committee, the event witnessed the convergence of eminent maritime personalities from India and abroad, alongside seafarers and their families, to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian-owned vessel, the "S S Loyalty," which set sail from Mumbai to London on this day in 1919.

Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, AVSM, NM, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, extending felicitations to all stakeholders in the maritime fraternity. Highlighting the symbiotic relationship between the Navy and Merchant Marine, Vice Admiral Bhalla underscored their joint mission to safeguard the Indian seafaring community and maritime interests against a myriad of threats.

In his keynote address, Shri Shyam Jagannathan, Director General of Shipping & Chairman, NMDC (Central) Committee, invoked India's historical dominance in shipping and seaborne trade. Emphasizing the pivotal role of seafarers, Jagannathan applauded initiatives such as 'Sagar Main Yog' for their well-being and skill development, alongside 'Sagar Main Samman' to honor women seafarers.

Dr. Raut Pandurang, Deputy Director General of Shipping and Member Secretary, NMCDC (Central) Committee delivered the vote of thanks.

The program also featured the presentation of the prestigious Sagar Samman Awards, acknowledging exemplary contributions within the maritime sector.

1. Sagar Samman Varuna Award:

   - Recipient: Shri. Dhirendra Kumar Sanyal

   -Contribution: Highest honor for outstanding and sustained contributions to the Indian maritime sector.

 2. Sagar Samman Award for Excellence:

   - Recipient: Capt. Kamal Kant Choudhury

   -Contribution: Recognizes consistently excellent contributions to the maritime sector.

 3. Sagar Samman Award for Gallantry:

   - Recipients: Capt. Subir Saha, Capt. OM Dutta

   - Contribution: Honors acts of gallantry by Indian seafarers, encouraging emulation of their exemplary conduct.

 The NMDC Awards for Outstanding Maritime Training Institutes and Recognitions are as follows:

Recognition for Outstanding Maritime Training Institutes:

Pre-sea training institutes conducting courses for Officer Cadets (Nautical & Engineering):

Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy - 1st Rank

Tolani Maritime Institute, Talegaon, Pune - 2nd Rank

The Great Eastern Institutes of Marine Studies - 3rd Rank

Post-sea training institutes conducting Competency Courses:

Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training, Tidal Park, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 1st Rank

Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training, Kilpauk, Chennai - 2nd Rank

FOSMA Maritime Institute And Research Organisations, Kolkata - 3rd Rank

Recognition of Outstanding Indian Employers of Seafarers:

The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI)

Recognition of Outstanding Foreign Employers of Indian Seafarers:

Shipboard berth between 501 to 1000 GT:

BW Maritime Pvt Ltd. – 1st Rank

Suntech Crew Management Pvt. Ltd – 2nd Rank

Shipboard berth above 1000 GT:

Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd – 1st Rank

Anglo Eastern Ship Management Pvt Ltd. - 2nd Rank

MSC Crewing Services Private Limited – 3rd Rank

'Sagar Ki Pukar’ Maritime Exhibition Unveiled at Mumbai's CSMT Station

'Sagar Ki Pukar' exhibition was inaugurated by Shashi Bhushan IRTS, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) Central Railway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on 04th April 2024 at 12 noon, as a part of National Maritime Week Celebrations, which is being observed from 30th March 2024 to 05th April 2024. The exhibition was organized by National Maritime Day Celebrations Committee Shyam Jagannathan, IAS, Director General of Shipping and Chairman of the National Maritime Day Celebrations (NMDC) (Central) Committee along with Captain B.K. Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India and Vice-Chairman of the NMDC (Central) Committee, played instrumental roles in orchestrating the event. 

In his address, Shri Bhushan highlighted the pivotal role of multimodal transport within the framework of the PM Gatishakti National Master Plan, emphasizing the harmonious integration of roadways, waterways, and airways for efficient logistics. 

Shri Jagannathan elucidated the historical significance of National Maritime Day. Commemorating the maiden voyage of ‘SS Loyalty’ to London on April 5th, this day serves as a poignant reminder of India's maritime heritage. Atul Ubale, Chairman of the NMDC (Organizing) Committee and Director at Shipping Corporation of India, Dr. Pandurang Raut, Deputy Director General of Shipping and Member Secretary NMDC (Central) Committee and Shri Rajesh H Mendhe, Director, Seamen’s Employment Office along with his team ensured the seamless execution of the exhibition.

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Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) Achieves Record Throughput of 6.43 Million TEUs

 Total Traffic for FY 2023-24 Reaches 85.82 Million Metric Tons

Mumbai, April 2, 2024: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), one of India’s leading container ports, achieved a historic milestone by recording it’s highest-ever throughput of 6.43 million TEUs in the fiscal year 2023-24. Surpassing the 6.05 million TEU mark of 2022-23, the Port continues its upward trajectory. In comparison, the corresponding period last year witnessed a record throughput, marking a notable 6.27% increase in total throughput.

The total traffic handled at JNPA during the period from April-2023 to Mar-2024, is 85.82

Million tonnes, which is 2.33% higher, as against the 83.86 million tonnes handled during corresponding period in previous financial year. This includes 78.13 million tonnes of container traffic and 7.70 million tonnes of Bulk Cargo as against 76.19 million tonnes of container traffic and 7.67 million tonnes of bulk traffic in the corresponding period of last year respectively.

Breakdown of container traffic shows that 2.03 million2027781 TEUs were handled at BMCT, 1.59 million TEUs at APMT, 1.13 million TEUs at NSICT, 1.11 million TEUs at NSIGT, 0.56 million TEUs at NSFT and 7,978 TEUs at NSDT.

Mr.UnmeshSharadWagh, IRS, Chairman of JNPA, expressed his delight at the achievement, stating, “We take immense pride in announcing this significant milestone. It underscores our dedication to establishing the Port as a premier gateway for EXIM trade. This accomplishment reflects the unwavering commitment of our team to delivering top-notch services, including the centralized parking plaza, single window clearance and various other initiatives, which facilitate the ease of doing business. I extend my gratitude to all our partners and stakeholders for their continued trust and support. JNPA remains steadfast in its mission to contribute to the nation's economic advancement.”

This historic milestone was celebrated today with a cake cutting ceremony in the presence ofall JNPA terminal operators and trade bodies. 

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