celebrates National Maritime Day every year on April 05. The country is
celebrating the 58th edition of National Maritime Day this year, the first of
which was celebrated in 1964, to spread awareness about the intercontinental
commerce and the economy.
Genesis of National Maritime Day
historical significance of the day remains as it was on this day in 1919 (i.e.
about a century ago) that the history of Indian Shipping started when SS
Loyalty – the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd – sailed
to London (UK) from Mumbai. Besides this historic significance, the day also
focusses on defending and preserving the maritime zone of the country.
Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) - a Government of Gujarat undertaking, and the
first maritime board of India responsible for development, administration,
operation and regulation of all the Non-Major Ports in Gujarat - commemorates
this occasion every year.
This day also marks the GMB’s
this day also marks the GMB’s foundation day. Thus, every year GMB celebrates
this day with double the zeal. However, it did not do so this year due to the
COVID 19 pandemic. Although the COVID 19 outbreak has dampened the festivities
at GMB, the spirit of GMB’s employees remains untouched.
along with its employees remain energetic to thrive against the challenges,
while adapting to the current scenario.
behalf of the GMB’s leadership, Smt. Avantika Singh, IAS, Vice Chairperson
& CEO, addressed the gathering of the employees by reflecting on
the GMB’s journey so far as well as highlighting the various strategic
initiatives that the organization has embarked upon which are beneficial in
fortifying the maritime sector of Gujarat. She informed the gathering about the
key successes achieved by GMB in the preceding year, both in terms of
development of the state’s maritime sector, as well as international
organizational development at GMB.
expressed great pride at the fact that, despite the slowdown in global maritime
trade in FY 2020-21, mostly weighed down by the COVID 19 pandemic outbreak
which started in the late 2019, the Non-Major ports in Gujarat collectively
handled about ~ 388 MMT (FY2020-21), down by only 6% as compared to last year.
However, when speaking in terms of Indian context, despite the challenges
weighed down by the COVID 19 pandemic outbreak, GMB has been successful in
retaining its substantial contribution to the nation’s maritime trade which is
likely to be about ~30% as it was in the preceding year.
various innovative and strategic projects
the ambiguous future in these distressed times, GMB acknowledges the changing
landscape of the global maritime trade. It, nevertheless, looks to surge ahead
and further strengthen Gujarat’s position in the maritime industry and support
the holistic development & upliftment of the sector by facilitating various
innovative and strategic projects (which are in various stages of
implementation), such as Gujarat Maritime University, Gujarat
Maritime Cluster, Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre .
Avantika Singh lastly called upon the employees to maintain their valuable
contribution to the organization’s success in the times to come.
GMB steps into the 40th year of its operations, it pledges to remain committed
in providing business friendly environment which will assist in the overall
development of the maritime industry as well as the economy, thereby, bringing
more laurels to the state as well as the nation.