Seafarers’ Association of Odisha felicitates Capt. Ashok Mahapatra Director, International Maritime Organization
Bhubaneswar .07.08.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)-Seafarers’ Association of Odisha (SAO), a first of its kind initiative and common deck for entire marine community of the state of Odisha felicitated Captain Ashok Mahapatra, Director, International Maritime Organization (IMO) in an event held at Bhubaneswar on 6th August 2016 for his inspiring role in representing the glorious maritime history of India at many International levels. Captain Mahapatra graced the event as Guest of Honour.Among others, Capt. Navin Sarma Hon. President of the SAO presided over the function and Dr. Purnendu Misra, Advisor of SAO addressed the august gathering. Speaking at this occasion Capt. Alok Patra, General Secretary of SAO thanked Capt. Mahapatra and all mariners and their families who gathered to show solidarity towards the purpose of this kind of Association and for bringing the state of Odisha and its marine diasporas to the forefront of Indian maritime sector.It may be noted here that, Captain Ashok Mahapatra was the Deputy Nautical Advisor at the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India before taking up the assignment at IMO as the Director of Marine Safety Division. He represents India at International level & brings glory to the marine community of Odisha while holding the coveted position at the IMO by being the first Indian and Odia to reach such a level.