Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Governor lauds India's growing role in ship management solutions

senior mariner Capt Syed Yousuf Shah being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Governor Dr K Rosaiah during the 51st National Maritime Day Celebrations, organised in Chennai on April 5.

Indians play an important part in providing third party ship management solutions to the ship owners, Tamil Nadu Governor Dr. K. Rosaiah has said. 
Delivering the special address at the 51st National Maritime Day celebrations, organised in Chennai on April 5, he said: “It is heartening to note that global shipping is increasingly relying on India as a favoured source of its current and future seafarer demand.”

Dr. Rosaiah stated: “Providing the strongest foundation for building high standards of skills, initiatives, professionalism and leadership skills is required. Enhancing ocean management, ports, logistics, shipbuilding, supply chain management, personnel recruitment and ship-management skills is the need of the hour.

Elaborating about the celebration, the Governor added: “April 5 marks a historical occasion in Indian maritime history. It was on this day in 1919 navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first Indian owned ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company, journeyed to United Kingdom, crossing many hurdles placed by the British.” “It is befitting that to commemorate this event, the Government of India has declared April 5 as the National Maritime Day in 1964,” he added.

Speaking about the growing prominence of the country in international arena, Dr. Rosaiah observed: “It is a matter of great pride that India has positioned herself as a major manpower supplying nation to the world’s maritime industry. Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits to consumers across the world through low and decreasing freight costs. Thanks to the growing efficiency of shipping as a mode of transport and increased economic liberalization, the prospects for the industry’s further growth continue to be strong.” 
Exhorting the maritime fraternity to keep up the standards in the sector, Dr. Rosaiah appealed: “Let us on the Maritime Day renew our abiding faith in the importance of maritime zone as well as sea route to bring about an all-round development and also resolve to protect, preserve and defend our Maritime Zone and underline our right to navigate in the high seas and International zones.”

Earlier, the Governor felicitated senior mariner Capt. Syed Yousuf Shah, Prof. Venugopal, Seaman John Babu and Seaman Thulsidas for their contribution to the maritime sector. Dr. Rosaiah also distributed prizes and trophies to award-winning cadets of different competitions organised as part of NMD celebrations and to cricket players, who won matches organised in connection with the day.

Besides others, Mr. M. A. Bhaskarachar, Chairman-Cum-Managing Director, Kamarajar Port Ltd.;  Mr. A. K. Choudhary, Chairman, National Maritime Day Celebrations Committee; Mr. S. C. Tyagi, Commander Coast Guard  District Tamil Nadu Puducherry; Mr. R. M. Elango, Secretary;  Capt. K. Vivekanand, Vice Chairman, and Mr. V. Mohanan, Convener, participated in the celebrations.

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