Grand Finale of 61st National Maritime Day highlights Sustainable Shipping

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6Th April by PIB Mumbai

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




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