The fifth edition of the Mumbai International Boat Show that opened yesterday has vessels ranging from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 70 crore from some of the largest brands on display. And invitations have been sent out to schools and colleges to visit the three-day show that wraps up on February 27.
Maneck Davar, chairperson of the event, says that although countries around the world have multiple shows, the Indian market is concentrated in Mumbai. “We can’t have a show in every port city in our country because the nature of the business here is not such. So, we try to put together a good show once a year for everyone interested in marine business. It’s an effort to increase the extent of the industry by having suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, government departments and the works under one roof, so that everyone gets to see the various kinds of vessels being constructed by Indian companies,” says Davar.
The show is open to the public and has a nominal entrance fee. The reason behind the move is that the organisers want more school and college kids to visit the show. “I come across a lot of children who want to know more about the marine industry,” beams Davar. “The more we open up to the public, the more the awareness about marine security will be, because they’ll know the kinds of boats that are and will be used by for security purposes.”
The boat show is now part of the International Boat Industry Boat Show calendar and expects at least 20,000 footfalls in three days. Apart from security boats, an array of day boats, speedboats, luxury yachts, personal watercrafts, kayaks, boating accessories, engines, marine toys and sail boats will be on display at the show.
The show is on till February 27 at MMRDA grounds in Bandra-Kurla Complex. Entry fee is Rs. 200 per person