The Hindu , 06 April 2006

People urged to help prevent marine pollution

MANGALORE: Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust P. Tamilvanan on Wednesday called upon the people to arrest marine pollution. He was addressing a gathering at a function organised to observe the 43rd National Maritime Day at the port.

Mr. Tamilvanan said the sea had abundant marine wealth. People should ensure that pollution should not destroy marine wealth and come in the way of navigation.

He said that there was a healthy competition between major and minor ports in the country. And such a competition was necessary.

K.S. Suresh Babu, Inspector General of Police, Western Range, said maritime sector offered enough opportunity for youngsters to pursue a career. There were not many experts in maritime law in the country. The maritime sector in the country had to depend on arbitrators of foreign countries for expertise.

Mr. Babu said provisions in the Indian Port Act, 1908, might not cover today's requirements in the maritime sector. Hence, the provisions under the Act should be amended. Mr. Suresh Babu said more training institutes were needed to train youngsters in the maritime sector. He said people, especially fishermen, had an emotional attachment with sea. The sea had figured in ancient texts.

K.V. Vaswani, Deputy Conservator of the port, who welcomed the gathering, said that on April 5, 1919, the first Indian steamship Loyalty set sail into international waters on a voyage from Bombay (now Mumbai) to the U.K. The National Maritime Day is being observed in the country on April 5 since 1964.