25th June 2014 – Day of the Seafarer, Celebrations in Mumbai, India

As you are aware, 25th June every year is celebrated worldwide as the Day of the
Seafarer to appreciate and acknowledge the unique contribution made by seafarers
from all over the world. Seafarers contribute immensely to international sea
borne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

The Day of the Seafarer gives an opportunity to make the society aware of the
important role of seafarers. It is because of the seafarers that the world
survives. Further the society also understands the extraordinary conditions and
circumstances of the profession and send a message to the seafarers that they
will look after and protect the seafarers when the circumstances of life at sea
so warrants.

The fourth “Day of the Seafarers” in India is being celebrated on 25th June in
the august presence of Honourable Shri Nitin J. Gadkari, Minister of Road
Transport, Highways & Shipping, who has very kindly consented to grace the
occasion as Chief Guest. Secretary (Shipping) Govt. of India, Dr.Vishvapati
Trivedi, IAS, will be the Guest of Honour.

The Day will be celebrated with the inauguration of the main function by the
Hon’able Minister of Shipping, at 1500 hours at Swantantryaveer Sarvarkar
Smarak Auditorium, Shivaji park, Dadar (W), Mumbai – 400 028.

To project the contribution made by the seafarers to the society, presentations
will be made on the occasion by representatives of the industry, covering
various aspects of sea borne trade. Captain Ms Anuradha Jha, a Serving Master,
will speak on Life at Sea; Shri Abdulgani.Y. Serang, General Secretary – cum-
Treasurer, NUSI will speak on the Role of seafarers; Capt. Rajesh Tandon on role
of ship management & the seafarers and Shri Anil Devli on shipping with owners’
perspective and the support of the seafarers.

In my presentation representing all the seafarers, I will be focusing on the
important role that Indian seafarers have played in positively shaping the
Indian economy over the years. I will also be focusing and asking for support
from the Government of India on particularly three issues:-

1) Income Tax exemptions for Indian seafarers working on Indian flag ships.

2) Pension for Indian seafarers.

3) Increasing job opportunities on board the ships particularly for both
officers and ratings.

This is the first time that the newly elected Honourable Shri Nitin J. Gadkari,
Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping will be interacting with the
Indian shipping fraternity. You are invited to the function to make it a grand
success. Kindly inform other seafarers also.

Yours sincerely,

(Abdulgani Y. Serang)
General Secretary-cum-Treasurer
Vice Chair, ITF Seafarers Section- Asia Pacific Region
Vice Chair, ITF Asia Pacific Region



1500 hrs : Arrival of the Chief Guest.

1501 hrs. : Guard of honour presented to the Chief Guest by the cadets of the
IMU, Mumbai Campus

1505 hrs: Escorting of the dignitaries to the dais.

1510 hrs: Presentation of Bouquets to the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and
other Dignitaries; Invocation & lighting of the lamp.

1520 hrs: Welcome Address by Shri. Gautam Chatterjee IAS, Director General of
Shipping & Chairman of the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central)

1535 hrs: Presentation by Capt. Anuradha Jha, Serving Master

1545 hrs: Presentation by Shri Abdulgani Y. Serang, General Secretary, NUSI

1555 hrs: Presentation by Capt. Rajesh Tandon, Managing Director, V Ships Ltd.

1605 hrs: Presentation by Shri Anil Devli, COO – Commercial, Indian Register of

1615 hrs: Address by Dr. Vishwapati Trivedi, IAS, Secretary (Shipping),
Ministry of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Govt. of India, Guest of

1630 hrs: Address by Shri Nitin J. Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport,
Highways & Shipping, Govt. of India, Chief Guest.

1645 hrs: Presentation of Mementos.

1650 hrs: Vote of Thanks by Shri A.K. Gupta, CMD, SCI & Chairman of the NMDC
Organizing Committee.

1655 hrs: National Anthem followed by refreshments.


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