PANAJI: ‘Day of the Seafarer-2021’ was celebrated virtually on 25th June 2021 in the presence of a huge number of maritime personalities, seafarers and families in India and abroad by remembering the great efforts made by the seafarers to the civil society, giving thanks to them for their contribution to the world economy and appreciating the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.
Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Minister of Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, offered his greetings to seafarers in his video message. The Minister assured that Advanced Seafarers Wellness Centres will be provided at all the ports. He mentioned that the government has planned Maritime Vision 2030 for raising the number of Seafarers from 2,40,000 to above 5 Lakhs in the next ten years. Mandaviya also wished that the share of the women seafarers shall be increased and the Maritime Training Institutes in India shall be prepared to impart the best training to the seafarers considering the new challenges in the shipping sector. The Minister also mentioned that the government has created a fund of welfare of the seafarers, says a press release by the ministry.
‘M.T. Swarna Krishan’ being the 1st Indian Flag Vessel of Shipping Corporation of India with all Women Officers onboard, was awarded in this function and the crew members shared their experience of the voyage on this historic vessel in India.
The meritorious seafarers were awarded for their excellent academic achievements in the year 2020. The seafarers and their family members presented lovely cultural performances.
The Chief Guest of the function, Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways greeted all the seafarers and their families on this day and appreciated the tremendous contribution made by maritime community in keeping the global supply chain intact during the challenging times. He expressed that development of new skill sets in the shipping industry shall be encouraged in the youngsters to create skilled manpower.
While addressing the gathering, Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping, informed the steps taken by the Government for the benefits of seafarers and their families. He mentioned that the seafarers will be helped in getting complete doses of COVID vaccination in time. He informed that dual degree courses in nautical and engineering disciplines having emphasis on the new technology will be introduced from next academic year to make the seafarers ready to accept new challenges to bridge the gap in traditional and modern technology in the shipping sector and keep their employability intact. He expressed that there is a need of increased participation of the women in maritime sector for enhancing the productivity, efficiency and discipline.
A video message of Kitack Lim, Secretary General of International Maritime Organization (IMO), was played wherein he expressed that seafarers continue to deliver for all of us and now, let’s ensure that we deliver for them.