The National Shipping Board is a permanent statutory
body established in 1959 under Section 4 of the Merchant Shipping
Act, 1958 to advise the Govt. of India on matters related to shipping
including the development thereof. The Board has played a very distinguished
role in the Maritime development of the country, as its deliberation
and recommendations have contributed to the evolution of a sound and
pragmatic National Maritime Policy over the years.
The Chairman and other members of the
Board held office for a period of two years. The constitution of the Board is as follows :-
a) Six Members
elected by Parliament, four by the House of the people from amongst
its members and the other two by the Council of States from among
b) Such Members
of other members not exceeding sixteen as the Central Government may
think fit to appoint on the Board to represent :-
The Central Government.
Such other interests as in the opinion of the Central Govt.
ought to be represented on the Board.
Provided that one of the Members of the Board shall be nominated
by the Central Government to be the Chairman of the Board and the
Board shall include an equal number of persons representing the shipowners
ntral Government to be the