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National Maritime Day Celebrations in Chandigarh

Maritime is one of the most important sectors in the development of every country as it is related to sea trade, naval matters etc. Many people want to pursue their career in this industry but only a few make the cut.

Indian Maritime industry is important for India to emerge as a major center for trade and commerce.

Talking about Indian Maritime sector, 5th April is marked as an important day for every citizen as on this day in 1919 first Indian ship owned by Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd. journeyed to the United Kingdom.

Every year people connected to maritime sector organize events to celebrate this day as well as to salute the mariners who lost their lives at sea.

National Maritime Day Celebrations at Chandigarh

Chandigarh Committee of the National Maritime Day headed by Capt. M.S. Kahlon every year organizes an event with the support of Government of India’s Central Committee in the city.

25th March 2018

A courtesy call on His Excellency Sh. V.P.Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh appraise the efforts on the Maritime Scenario of Chandigarh, its environs and the large reason.

29th March 2018

We visited Panjab University’s (PU) department of ”Defence and International Studies”,”Public Administration” and ”Political Sciences” and motivated Post Graduate students to participate in an essay competition GoI NMD Theme ”Indian Shipping- An Ocean of Opportunity”.

30th March to 1st April 2018

The first ever display of Maritime Backdrop, Equipment, a sailing boat and authentic models of Indian Warships, with a Titanic Selfie point was held in association with local NCC Naval wing. The display was positioned at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh. The major attraction was Titanic Selfie point, Captain Bist Indian Navy visited the display on the first day, NMDC Chandigarh Committee on 31st March 2018 and serving Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana Indian Navy, an ex MN seafarer paid a visit on Sunday 1st April 2018.

First ever display of Titanic Selfie Point

2nd  April 2018

The seminar was organized on the topic “Indian Navy: An Ocean of Opportunity” where a series of activities took place.

This year the event was sponsored by TMC Shipping and The Nautical Institute, Chandigarh. The guest of honor on this occasion was Captain Vivek S. Anand, Director, NYK Line (India) who said that Indian Merchant Navy plays a vital role in the growth of Indian economy as almost 90 percent of trade is done by sea. He also stated that Indian Merchant Shipping fleet is largest among the developing nations.

Apart from this, Rear admiral Mukul Asthana, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) the other Chief Guest said that Indian Shipping industry is a facilitator of growth in the country.  Vice Admiral H.S. Malhi, AVSM, VSM of Indian Navy, Capt. K.J. Sujlana also shared their thoughts on the topic “Indian Navy: An Ocean of Opportunity”. Additionally a display of Uniforms under the initiative ” Wear with Pride” was also a highlight of the seminar.

4th April 2018

Chandigarh Committee of the National Maritime Day headed by Capt. M.S. Kahlon continued the celebrations on 4th April. They organized a career counseling session in the NCC headquarter of the 1st Chd Naval Unit in the city.

5th April 2018 National Maritime Day, India

A final event was organized on 5th April. The committee and its sponsors called on people of Chandigarh to join them for “Wreath Laying to Commemorate National Maritime Day” at Bougainvillea Garden and War Memorial, Chandigarh.  The event was attended by Advisor to the Administrator Shri .Parimal Rai and the Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal to pay respect to seafarers who lost their lives at sea.

17th April 2018

The seminar was organized by Chandigarh Committee of the National Maritime Day where the university faculty and students discussed the topic “Indian Shipping- An Ocean of Opportunity”. Captian P.S.Bist (Indian Navy), Commanding Officer, 1 Naval NCC Unit of Chandigarh was the Chief Guest at the seminar. The cash awards worth INR 18,000 were distributed to the three winners of the essay competition who had been adjudged by the member Vice Admiral (Retd.) H.S. Malhi MNI. Certificates were also presented. This is the first time where seafarers interacted with the university students and give them the knowledge about career opportunities in sea industry as well as about life at sea.


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Saahil Walia

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