Shipping is perhaps the most international
of all the world’s greatest industries and one of the most
challenging. Several countries from the mid 19th century felt the
need for a permanent international body to promote maritime activities.
But these hopes were not realized till the establishment of the
united nation itself. Thereafter in 1948 an international conference
in Geneva established IMO, which is regarded as the parent Organization
in the area. The need for an institute in India to enlighten the
members of the shipping industry was strongly felt and it was this
need, which prompted a young lawyer to moot this idea. Like-minded
persons from other fields connected with the shipping industry also
joined hands with this lawyer on being conveyed with the idea. The
result was a determined effort to form an institute regarding the
ways to clear the hurdles faced by them as well as for the purpose
of sorting out all issues related to maritime activities.
The first meeting of the Governing Council of the
institute was convened at Cochin on April 4th of 2005 and the institute
was chartered on 20th of July 2005 and the institute stood officially
inaugurated on 15th October 2005.