My book “Merry Mariner and His rudderless Boat”

I am O.S.Rao, a sailing chief engineer with over three decades of sailing experience. I published a book “Merry Mariner and His Rudderless Boat”. I narrated all funny, adventurous experiences and incidents of my sailing and social life. Book is available in,, and Barnes and Noble. In, if you type “Merry mariner” in search, you can download kindle version and read the book online. ( Kindle version Rs 118). Paperback is also available. Please post reviews and comments in []

The Bill Of Lading

The Bill of Lading (normally referred to as BOL or B/L) is perhaps the oldest commercial document used for international shipping trade.  The first of that on record was created on 24th April 1248, for carriage of  ‘twelve full loads of brazil wood and nine of pepper and seventeen and a half of ginger’ from Toulouse to Provence,  for a freight of four pounds and fifteen solidi in Vienne currency.  The term derives from the noun “bill”, a schedule of costs for services []

Day of the Seafarer 2016

This year, IMO’s Day of the Seafarer campaign wants to celebrate seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone. The campaign theme this year is: “At Sea For All”. The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also “indispensable []

The Spirit of Indian Seafarers To celebrate Independence Day at Sea

The Independence Day has unique feelings in everyone’s heart and the celebrations of this day create an enthusiasm and feelings of nationalism. The decorations all around, various offers from shopping malls and media programs and news brings additional excitement and yes, the holiday, are the more and more reasons to celebrate this day individually and socially. The social gatherings, flag hoisting ceremonies, speech from red fort are the events that everyone associates to. The patriotic songs and music all over the place []

Day of the Seafarer on 25th June 2015

25th June is marked as International Seafarers’ day. This day was instituted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to remember the importance of seafarers world-wide.  The Seafarers’ Day provides an opportunity to recognize the contribution of seafarers towards the international trade, their hardship and work environment while they remain mostly away from their families and friends. Besides the hardship a seafarer faces while at sea, let us also recognize the other factors which they come across while on board the ships. Some of []

Search and Rescue Operation by Teesta Spirit

Sometimes circumstances may place you in situations which will test your all resolve and leave permanent impressions on your life. Kindly read below narration to experience our story. After completion of cargo discharging, Teesta Spirit sailed out of Zawia, Libya at 10:30 LT on the 28th July 2014 for Tuzla, Turkey. Vessel received INM-C message from MRCC Rome and a VHF call from Vessel “AssoTrenta”, advising us to urgently contact MRCC Rome. Soon after, At 1700 LT / 28th July 2014, I []

Day of the Seafarer 2014

​IMO will be celebrating the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven’t. For this year’s campaign, we invite you to complete the sentence “Seafarers brought me………..” with a word denoting an object or something specific of your []

World Maritime Day 2013

The theme was chosen in order to focus IMO’s efforts during 2013 on carrying out the commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Maritime Day 2013 will be observed during the week of 23 to 27 September. World Maritime Day Parallel Event The 2013 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Lima, Peru (2 to 3 October 2013). The programme for the event comprises []

Maritime Terrorism And Changing Security Environment.

With the hardening of land and aviation targets, terrorists are likely to look at maritime targets. Countries worldwide should take the call to beef up maritime security seriously, say defence ministers and armed forces chiefs attending the Asia Security Conference in Singapore. With a crack down on a particular terrorist network in Singapore last year, it was discovered that the group had made preliminary plans for suicide attacks on US military vessels entering into the harbour. International cooperation against terrorism is important, []

Day Of The Seafarer

25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families. Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned are invited to promote and celebrate the Day in an appropriate and meaningful manner. The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the []