October 1, 2008

The day 28 Sep 2008, was celebrated as Cyprus DOTS (my convention) - "Day Of The Sea"
Every year IMO celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual Governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. Cyprus government decided to celebrate it on 28 Sep with the support of the member companies, CSC (Cyprus Shipping Chamber), Main Sponsors, Supporters and media supporters here. I think they choose the best place near Limassol Old Port (Limassol Promenade area).
You can watch out the youtube video here: ' ''Day of the Sea'' Event 28 September 2008 '
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obE2FQiEUls


The "Day of the Sea" Event was open to the general public and included various events and children's activities such as bouncy castles, stilt walkers, face painters, games, competitions, food, music, aiming to entertain children, as well as other activities that provide them with the opportunity to get to know the Cyprus Shipping Industry, and the employment opportunities that exist in Shipping.


There was a worth-watching international photographic exhibition "Of the Seas" at the seafront promenade area, near old port, Limassol. There was maximum three photographs from a single country, various parts of India. There were many photographs from National Geographic and others with the sponsor as Limassol Marina. The other photographic exhibition "Limassol Sea Whisperings" organised by Limassol Municipality, which included photographs from the construction of Cyprus ports and also of the broader area of the twons & villages of Limassol, Larnaka and Famagusta.
During the day, We (Ankit Shah, Parikshat, Gaurav, Nitin, Ankit) enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Ankit & Gaurav for giving me ride. Other activities of the DOTS - "Day of the Sea" Event included various sea competitions and demonstrations, for example sailing boat, kayak and rowing competitions, jet ski racing, Kite surfing demonstration, tug boat demonstration, air-sea rescue drill and water polo matches. The proceeds of the Day of the Sea Event donated to the 'Make a Wish' Charity Association for a good cause, which fulfills wishes of the children suffering from cancer.
It was really a thrilling sea/air rescue operation, in which a helicopter flies over the sea safeguards men in the sea, signals to the men in the sea and rescued them safely. It was like a hollywood stunt we watched live. While watching this rescue mission, many people were capturing the moments in their cams, and the promenade & the pier area was full. After that there was live music and dance entertainment till night.
So this blog is the remembrance for those who were present there, reminiscences for those who missed it or could not manage to be there and souvenir for all of us.
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2 comments:

parikshat said...

Very nice effort... nd result...

Gaurav said...

U have done a tremendous work, well done Sir. U missed the news of how my hat went into the ocean and the SEA SURFER used it for his riding :)

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