One more Maritime Day has come by… ..
Atleast on this day, let’s make a collective effort to apprise our society and its policy makers, the relevance and significance of shipping industry, which often decides the pace, structure and pattern of development of a fast growing economy like India…….
Atleast on this day, let’s get together to recognise the yeomen service being rendered by our seafarers for the well being of each one of us, while living in a highly hostile environment- one day in the scorching heat of equator and the next in the freezing cold of arctic…. one day in the peaceful waters of Newzealand and the other day in the war zones of Somalia… weeks and months away from their dear and near ones……
Atleast on this day, while enjoying the luxury of our newly built airport, let’s remember that for hundreds of our fellow countrymen in Andaman or Lakshdweep, the small ships reaching their small sea ports after weeks of waiting are their lifelines and the pulse of their social lives….
Friends, as in previous years, we at Kochi are celebrating the National Maritime week which will culminate with the public function at 5:30pm on 5th April 2017, at Merchant Navy Club. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Antony Dominic, High court of Kerala, will be the Chief Guest and Mr. Farroq Khan, Hon’ble Administrator of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep will be the Guest of Honour. Shri. Ranjit Singh, CEO, Essar Shipping, Mumbai will deliver the key-note address.
Following the public function there will be a Dance concert based on Mahakavi Kalidasas’s “Meghdootam” to be presented by renowned Odissi exponent Ms. Debamitra Sengupta of Kolkata Lalt Mayur Academy.
Also, the Lakshadweep Development Corporation & Cochin Port Trust has arranged the passenger ship MV “KAVARATTI”, for the public and the students to visit between 0900 hours and 1700 on 5th April 2017, in connection with the National Maritime Day. The vessel will be berthed at BTP Jetty, Cochin Port (North End), as above. No pass or separate permission is required for the public to visit the ship during the period.
Friends,I am attaching the invitation cards along with this. Please make it convenient to attend the function and extend wide publicity to the events, so that the society knows that a community like ours exists…..