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Dhamra Port felicitates traditional sea fishermen

Dhamra (Bhadrak): The Dhamara Port has felicitated four traditional sea fishermen of Bhadrak district on the occasion of 51st Maritime Week celebrations in the port held between March 31 and April 5.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DPCL Santosh Kumar Mohapatra and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subrat Tripathy felicitated Laxman Mallick (80) and Ratikanta Mallick (75), two traditional fishermen from Chudamani area who have been engaged in fishing in the sea in Bay of Bengal for nearly 60 years and veteran fishermen Debendra Das (65) and Susanta Patra (67) of Chandinipal area near Dhamra at a function held within the port premises on April 5.

These fishermen were the first generation of traditional fishermen in their respective localities. The fishermen narrated their stories of excitement, challenge and life risk while going for fishing into the deep sea for livelihood. 

A number of competitions among the port employees and local school children were organized and rallies were taken out by local youths to spread the message about importance of maritime week celebrations among the community.

This apart, a face and body painting competition was organized wherein some of the port employees painted their face and body with different colours to spread a message on environment protection.

A cricket tournament too was organized to mark the occasion wherein 32 different cricket teams representing various departments and organizations of the port participated and the team of Rameshwar Technocon Private Limited, engaged in the Dhamra Port railway maintenance became the tournament champion.

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