Elektrans Group announced as Platinum Sponsor of the forthcoming “The 3rd Annual India Ship Management Summit – Creating Opportunities in Ship Management, Manning & Training Industry”


The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce Elektrans Group as the Platinum Sponsor at the forthcoming “The 3rd Annual India Ship Management Summit – Creating Opportunities in Ship Management, Manning & Training Industry” on 6th October 2016 at Holiday Inn, Andheri (East), Mumbai. The first two editions of this Summit were hugely successful in bringing together the entire shipping industry and various stakeholders under one roof to deliberate and explore the future course of the industry. The entire Shipping Industry will convene at this prominent conference, a hub of knowledge and ideas, to make this a memorable experience. Who’s who of the industry attended this conference last year. This year the conference is going to be even bigger and better.

About Elektrans Group

Celebrating 15 years as a business, privately owned Elektrans Group offers a wide range of tailor made and integrated shipping services to its global customer base.

From ship owning with technical management, e-commerce, commercial management to crew management, marine travel, ship recycling and freight forwarding services the company seeks to offer sustainable value added services to its global clients seek to furnish the current and future requirements of the global shipping community. With an enriching industry experience of seasoned industry experts and global shipping knowledge, the company offers customised, flexible and transparent solutions.

The company owns and operates its own fleet of tanker vessels under Gauri Ships and will continue to aggressively expand its tanker fleet. With backward integration as the mantra, the company is supported by a growing number of 250 shore staff and 1500 ships crew. The Group offers its services through a strong foothold of offices spread in Singapore and across 14 key locations across India.

With a culture of continuous improvement and dedication to detail, the Elektrans Group ensures its clients remain competitive in the global marine markets they serve.

2015 witnessed an iconic transformation for the organisation. The company in its new avatar came to be known as Elektrans Group.

The name of the company, Elektrans, is derived from ETS

E- E commerce

T- Transport  

S- Shipping

Elektrans envisions to be recognised as a leading global integrated marine service provider and ship owning entity admired for its people, global partnerships and corporate governance.


About Mr. Daniel Chopra

Daniel Chopra started sailing in 1987 with anglo eastern as a cadet, aged 17. He qualified as a Master Mariner in 1996 and has the honour of being the youngest ever Master Mariner to be handed charge of a Peter Doehle Group (“PD”) vessel (PD is one of the World’s largest ship owners).

Whilst his love for the sea is unparalleled, Daniel harboured an entrepreneural dream of becoming a leading service provider to the shipping industry and thereafter, diversifying into ship owning.  Recognizing that practical experience alone is not sufficient, before he hung up his sea boots and ventured into unchartered “waters” of being an entrepreneur, Daniel studied Maritime law from UK. Thereafter he incorporated a company - Danautic Ship Management Pvt. Ltd. (“Danautic”) - in 2001, with a capital infusion of INR 200,000. It was Daniel’s vision to grow Danautic into India’s largest shipping industry service provider.

Danautic commenced business by offering tailor made crewing solutions to India’s largest ship owning entity – The SCI. With valuable experience gained from servicing SCI, Danautic progressively expanded its client base and began servicing leading players in international shipping such as Pacific Basin, Ocean Tankers, Eagle Maritime and Reederie F Laeiz (to name a few).

Struck by Danautic’s rapid expansion, in 2006 the PD Group through its off shore subsidiary, purchased 75% of the equity in Danautic and consequently Danautic was reinvented as Doehle Danautic India Pvt. Ltd. (“DDI”).

In 2008 Daniel married Varsha. Varsha, an MBA, was the then marketing head for Deagio India.  Post her marriage Varsha, who was also bitten by the entrepreneural bug, quit her employment with Deagio India and set up a marine travel business to compliment the rapidly expanding bouquet of services DDI was offering to its clients.

The shipping industry was hit by an unprecedented recession in 2008 – 2009 (a recession from which it has still not fully recovered).  As a result of this DDI’s rapid growth slowed and Daniel put on hold, for the interim, his dream of becoming a ship owner. However, Daniel approached the recession head on by turning to his core strengths – innovation and diversification.  By doing so not only did he ensure that DDI remained true to its motto – Change is the only Constant – but he also ensured that DDI’s businesses continued to expand and grow, even through years when the recession cut the deepest. 

To survive and flourish during the recession Daniel realized that DDI must identify new partners and fresh business verticals. Towards this end Daniel focussed on ship management and between 2009 and 2013, DDI added 13 vessels to its fleet of fully managed vessels. The marine travel business headed by Varsha also grew from humble beginnings to 2000 tickets/ month. Further, during this time DDI ventured into NVOCC and freight forwarding. In 2013 Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd, Singapore (“Thome”), which is amongst the top 5 ship managers globally, decided to partner with Daniel/ DDI in India and In 2013 a JV entity was incorporated in India (with DDI and Thome as 50% equity partners).

Daniel and Varsha were blessed with a baby girl – Gauri- on 2 August 2014. On 24 November 2014 Gauri Ships was incorporated and in partnership with a strategic investor Gauri Ships now has 20% stake in 3 vessels which are currently on water. The coming of baby Gauri thus coincided with Daniel taking baby steps into the world of ship owning.

Because of Daniel’s complete focus in the “Oil & Gas Industry” he wanted to take full control of DDI so that he can properly chart its future growth. In January 2015 Daniel offered to buy back PD’s equity in DDI. The buy-back of shares was completed in August 2015 and WEF 17 August 2015 Daniel regained full control of DDI. Consequent upon the buy-back of shares, DDI underwent a transformation and in its transformed avatar, DDI was reinvented as Elektrans Shipping Pvt. Ltd., (“Elektrans”) a part of the Elektrans Global Group.

The new avatar ‘Elektrans’ is derived from what Daniel believes will form the core businesses of the company for years to come:

E – E commerce 

T- Transport 

S- Shipping

With new perspective, fresh dynamism and the undying belief that dreams + expertise + hard work = reality, Elektrans is set to spread its wings globally and give effect to its new motto - “where dreams turn into reality…” 


About India Ship Management Summit 2016

As limited seats are available, it’s time to register for India Ship Management Summit 2016. Registrations will be done on first cum first serve basis. For sponsorship & participation, please contact:

Capt. Virendra N Mishra, Conference Director
vnm@shippingtribune.com,   contact@shippingtribune.com


You MUST be a part of this conference to:

  •          Meet key players from the shipping industry
  •          Listen to the stalwarts of the industry
  •          Strengthen your relationship with existing clients and build new ones
  •          Enhance the visibility of your organization
  •          Learn how others are navigating their companies through these challenging times
  •          Achieve months of business in JUST ONE DAY


Venue: Holiday Inn, Sakinaka, Andheri East, Mumbai

Date: 6th October 2016

Timings: 08:45 to 18: 00


Early Bird Delegate Fee Per Person Till 21st September 2016 : INR 8,000/- + 15 % Service Tax ( INR 9,200, OR US$ 180)

After 22nrd September 2016, Delegate Fee Per Person :  INR 9,500/- + 15 % Service Tax ( INR 10,925, OR US$ 200) 


The following eminent personalities have consented to Chair the Session/Speak at the Conference:

Shri. Deepak Shetty (I.R.S.), Director General of Shipping, has kindly agreed to honor India Ship Management Summit 2016 as the Chief Guest

Mr. Sabyasachi Hajara, Chief Advisor, ELEKTRANS Group , Ex-Chairman and Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India

Capt. Sudhir Naphde, ex Nautical Advisor to the Government of India

Capt. M.C. Yadav, Director ( Maritime Education & Training), FOSMA Maritime Institute and Research Organisation

Mr. Sanjay Shesh, Managing Director, Crowley Accord Marine Management Pvt. Ltd.

Capt. Michael Elwert, Group Chief Executive Officer, Elektrans Group

Mr. Rethina Kumar, Managing Director, Lilly Maritime Pvt. Ltd


Capt. Shajan Lucose, Head of Maritime at Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Capt. Sanjay Prashar, Managing Director. VR Maritime Services Pvt. Ltd

Capt. Jaideep Dhamankar, Director( Country Head), MTM SHIP MANAGEMENT (INDIA) PVT. LTD

Mr. Rajesh Mohata, Chief Operating Officer, Adani Bunkering Pvt. Ltd

The Organizers have invited few more stalwarts from the industry to speak at this event, we shall announce their names once we receive confirmation from them.


Introduction & Objective of The Summit:

Global Shipping Industry is under extreme pressure for last several years due to overcapacity. Commercial and Technical fitness of the vessel is of paramount importance in these market conditions. Quality & Safety of operations, Crew management, and reducing costs for ship owners are some of the major challenges faced by the ship managers today.

Third party ship management business is estimated to be over 5 billion US Dollars worldwide. Can India be the hub of ship management business? Why technical management and manning of the foreign vessels is a distant dream for Indian entrepreneurs based in India? Can Mumbai or Chennai be next Hong Kong or Cyprus? In spite of having wealth of knowledge and experience, what is impeding the growth of Indian entrepreneurs?

India Ship Management Summit will address these important issues that exist for various stakeholders in the industry. The conference aims to provide a common platform for various stakeholders in the ship management business to exchange ideas and make informed decisions in their businesses. Delegates shall participate in the “Open Forum” to discuss the latest issues with other participants and experts from the industry.


For sponsorship & delegate registration, please contact:

Capt Virendra N. Mishra, Conference Director





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