58th National Maritime Day (5th April):
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways celebrated the 58th National Maritime Day (5th April).
- Maritime India Vision-2030, was also discussed at the occasion.
- National Maritime Day is celebrated every year on 5th April to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian flag merchant vessel ‘S.S LOYALTY’ from Mumbai to London, on April 5th, 1919.
2021 Theme: ‘Sustainable Shipping beyond Covid-19’.
- It is celebrated to encourage the merchant shipping industry of India. Shipping contributes a lot to the country’s economy.
- At present, 90% of India’s international trade in terms of volume and 77% in terms of value is moved by sea.