Monday, May 26, 2014

Cochin Port Day

steamships berthed at busy Mattanncherry wharf 1950

The Cochin port trust is observing the ‘Cochin Port Day’ on May 26, to commemorate the entry of the first ship into the inner harbour. 
The construction of the inner harbour from 1921 is deemed as the transformation of Cochin as a modern and safe Port. The first ship – S.S. PADMA- entered the inner harbour through widened and deepened Cochin Gut on 26th May, 1928.
The objective of the observance will be to instill a sense of oneness and inspire collective morale among the Port fraternity. The observance will be also towards reaching out to the society.
The observance commences with a business seminar from 2 PM in Samudrika  convention centre of the Port Trust. Sri V J Kurien IAS Chief Secretary Govt of Kerala & MD CIAL will deliver the key note address in the seminar. Awards will be given in the seminar toport users forbest EXIM business achievements through Cochin Port in the FY 2013-14.
The business seminar will be followed by the commemorative meeting in which outstanding performance by the Port personnel during the previous financial year will be recognized. This will befollowed by music programme by talented port personnel.
A ship will be kept open for visit to the general public at the BTP berth near Samudrika from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Highlight of this year’s celebration will be commencement of a ‘Cochin Maritime heritage Museum’ which houses a collection of photographs on various stages of construction and developments during the Bristow period.
The museum has a rich display of navigational instruments used in the early decades of twentieth century.
The museum is functioning under the ‘Bristow Memorial Society’ with support from the port trust. The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on working days.

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