Indian Coast Guard Salutes Maritime Community on National Maritime Day

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Port Blair, Apr 04: Indian Coast Guard Region(A&N) wishes all seafarers on the National Maritime Day (NMD) which is being observed to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian owned ship “SS Loyalty” from Bombay to London on 5th April 1919. It was the crucial step for modern Indian shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the Britishers. Throughout India this day is observed to highlight the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. Because of cosmic span of the seas in the region of the country, Indian culture always gave a colossal significance of seafaring. The country has scheduled a notable growth in shipping post-independence era. Almost 90 percent of India’s international deal in terms of volume and 77 percent in terms of value is moved by ocean.
The Indian Coast Guard and Directorate General Shipping are the principal arms of the Government of India for formulating and enforcing laws and regulations in the maritime zones of India, including those related to marine safety, security, administration and pollution. Indian Coast Guard has been working round the clock since its inception towards ensuring safety of property and life at sea and has won hearts and confidence of mariners transiting through Indian waters. The most important aim of rejoicing the National Maritime Day is to illustrate the awareness of the social sort towards the very important role essayed by mariners in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy. The maritime sector is presently one of the most well organised, safe & sound and environmentally responsive, engaged in transporting goods from corner to corner of the world.
Indian Coast Guard has been assisting Merchant Vessels at sea saving precious lives, whether it’s the case of fire onboard or a medical emergency. Recently, in early march of this year, Indian Coast Guard Ship Shoor successfully assisted in fire fighting onboard MV Maersk Honam having a serious fire in cargo hold, enroute from Singapore towards Suez. During the incident vessel was 760 Nautical Miles South west of Mumbai. In similar incident, a month prior, Indian Coast Guard Ship assisted in extinguishing fire onboard MV ‘MSC Daniela’ off Colombo and all crew of MSC Daniela were saved.
Indian Coast Guard has also been assisting in evacuating medically critical crew onboard Merchant Vessels whilst transiting through Indian waters. In last one year, five such evacuations were done in A&N region only.
Saving lives of all eleven crew of ill fated Merchant Vessel ITT Panther in Andaman seas had been in news and showed the commitment of Coast Guard to serve and save the mariners. Also, during Cyclone ‘Vardha” which hit Chennai 2016, ICG team assisted Chennai port trust in securing Merchant Ships inside Jawahar dock, many of which were in danger.
It comes as no revelation to know that India has the honour of having a sizable merchant shipping fleet; therefore, Maritime day is fantastic reminder of Nation’s abiding belief in the consequence of maritime zone. Sea route maturity and preservation is extremely essential for the all round development of the country and Indian Coast Guard is committed to assist mariners in distress at all time.
We continue to enhance our preparedness for maintaining safe environment to prosperous marine trade. April 5 repeats the inevitability of shielding, preserving and defending our maritime zone .

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