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National Maritime Day 2024: Date, theme, history and significance

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 05-04-2024
National Maritime Day 2024: Date, theme, history and significance Important Day 4 min read

‘National Maritime Day’ is celebrated every year on 5 April. Maritime transport has been the cornerstone of global trade since ancient times. It connects different countries, cultures and economies across vast oceans.

  • The day commemorates SS Loyalty's 1919 voyage from Mumbai to London.
  • Whereas the whole world also celebrates 'World Maritime Day'. It is celebrated on the last Thursday of September every year. In 2024 this date will fall on 26 September.

Theme of National Maritime Day 2024:

  • The theme of National Maritime Day in India this year 2024 is “Navigating the Future: Safety First”!
  • The theme of National Maritime Day 2024 has been announced by the ‘Union Shipping Ministry’.

History of National Maritime Day:

  • This date was chosen to commemorate the inaugural voyage of the steamship SS Savannah in 1819. This ship successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time using steam propulsion.
  • The date of National Maritime Day varies from country to country. It is often chosen to commemorate important maritime events or anniversaries. National Maritime Day in the United States is on May 22 annually. Whereas in India it is celebrated on 5th April.
  • National Maritime Day in India celebrates history, progress, and the future vision.
  • The historic voyage of the SS Savannah marks the beginning of a new era in maritime transportation.
  • The maiden voyage of SS Loyalty represents India's ambition to establish itself as a significant player in the maritime industry. The SS Loyalty disrupted the dominance of British shipping companies, having a notable impact.

Importance of National Maritime Day:

National Maritime Day holds great importance for many reasons, these mainly include the following:

  • The maritime industry is the backbone of global trade, facilitating the transport of goods between countries and continents.
  • More than 90% of the world's trade is carried out by sea. This makes maritime transport essential for economic growth, prosperity and supply chain resilience.
  • Maritime security is of paramount importance to protect national interests and protect against threats such as piracy, terrorism and illegal trafficking.
  • National Maritime Day provides an opportunity to recognize the vital role played by naval forces, coast guards and maritime law enforcement agencies in ensuring maritime security.
  • National Maritime Day promotes environmental stewardship in the maritime industry.
  • Efforts to reduce emissions are essential to preserving the health and integrity of the oceans for future generations.


Answer: 5th April

Answer: “Navigating the future: safety first”!

Answer: ‘World Maritime Day’ is also celebrated every year on the last Thursday of September. In 2024, this date will be celebrated on 26 September.
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