CUTTACK, APRIL 7
The members of the Seafarers’ Association of Odisha (SAO) and Forum for River & Ocean Scientists and Technologists (FROST) in association with the Odisha State Maritime Museum observed the 56th National Maritime Day in Cuttack to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian owned steam ship “SS Loyalty” which had sailed from Bombay (now Mumbai) to London on April 5, 1919.
SAO and FROST jointly organized a seminar, along with quiz and painting competitions for school children of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar at the State Maritime Museum complex to commemorate the 56th National Maritime Day marking Odisha’s presence and contribution in the rich maritime heritage; and art of navigation and marine trade by Indian seafarers especially from the ancient kingdom of Kalinga.
Eminent seafarers from Merchant Navy and Indian Navy, and marine engineers and shipping industry experts graced the function to pledge their solidarity towards the purpose of SAO and FROST, and to bring Odisha and its marine diaspora to the forefront of Indian maritime industry.
Speakers from the industry presented their views and thoughts about the history of National Maritime Day and Odisha’s role in Indian maritime history.
Prizes and mementos were distributed to the winners of various competitions.
The gathering was addressed by Vice Admiral Harilal Sharma who lauded the efforts and hard work put in by SAO and FROST. The Function was presided over by Capt. Navin Sharma, President of SAO and Prof. S.C Mishra, President of FROST and hosted by Capt. Alok Patra, Secretary of SAO.