The sea has always been an alluring challenge to the mind of brave men. The desire to conquer the seas has led to the discovery of new lands and changed the history of the World. The law of the sea has always been at variance with the laws of the land, its development conditioned by the need to balance the interests of merchants with that of bold spirits who were willing to face the 'perils of the sea'.

Matters of maritime commerce are important to the growth and economic stability of a nation. The long coast line of India is dotted with several major ports such as Kandla, Mumbai, Navasheva, Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, Tuticorin, Vishakapatnam, and Paradip.

The Maritime Law Association of India is a purely non-profit voluntary organization which intends to ensure that wisdom on matters of maritime law and commerce are easily accessible to men of business - shipowner or broker, merchant, underwriter or protection and indemnity club.

It will provide the much needed platform for the entire community to exchange ideas, promote concepts, discuss the law and suggest changes. Membership is open to all those representing some interest in maritime trade.