Elektrans Group announced as Platinum Sponsor of the forthcoming “India Maritime Summit 2017- Emerging Opportunities In India’s Seaborne Oil, Chemicals & Gas Tanker Trade” 3rd Feb 2017, Mumbai.


The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce Elektrans Group as the Platinum Sponsor at the forthcoming "India Maritime Summit 2017- Emerging Opportunities In India's Seaborne Oil, Chemicals & Gas Tanker Trade" on 3rd Feb 2017 at Holiday Inn, Andheri (East), Mumbai. The Last 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…” 

Introduction & Objective of the Summit:

India is the bright spot on the “cloudy global horizon” says IMF chief Christine Lagarde.

  • Imports of Crude Oil in India averaged 16.44 Million TONNE per month from 2014 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 18.13 Million TONNE in January of 2016 and a record low of 12.99 Million TONNE in February of 2015. Imports of Crude Oil in India is reported by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India. Is there a potential for Indian ship owners to increase their market share?
  • India’s Current Refining capacity is estimated to be more than 215 MMTPA . More than 400 Very Large Crude Carriers terminate voyages on the Indian Coast every year. In spite of this booming trade Indian ship owning sector has not grown to its true potential.
  • Chemical Industry is central to any developing world economy. Developed economies have greater per capita usage of chemicals over the developing economies.  Enhanced requirement of IMO2/3 Chemical tankers for both import and export of specialized products- Expect about 10 pct. growth over next 5 years. What opportunities will be created in terms of trade & employment?  
  • According to a recently published TechSci Research report , India’s LNG demand is anticipated to increase from 64 mmscmd in 2015 to 306.54 mmscmd by 2025. What are the opportunities in India’s Seaborne LNG Transportation?
  • Govt exempts customs and excise duty on use of bunker fuels. One of the issues hindering the growth of coastal shipping has been the levy of customs and central excise duty on bunker fuels which raises cost of transportation. Will this step generate new business opportunities in India? 

With the above perspective in view and to explore if we are geared to grab the opportunities, The Shipping Tribune is pleased to announce a one-day conference on 3rd Feb 2017, Holiday Inn, Sakinaka, Andheri East, Mumbai. 


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

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

Mr. Neeraj Bansal, I.R.S., Deputy Chairman, JN Port

Mr. Atul Kulkarni, Advisor (International Projects). IPA, Ministry of Shipping & Advisor (Marine & Ports), GAIL, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Mr. Paul Dean, Head of Shipping ( LONDON), Holman Fenwick Willan

Mr. Vijay Handa, Sr. Vice President, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mr. Sudesh Kamath, Managing Director, Odfjell India

Mr. D. J. Solanki, DGM ‐ Shipping, International Trade & Supplies, HPCL

Capt. Michael P. Elwert, Group C.E.O., ELEKTRANS Group

Capt. Alok Kumar, Head-Marine Operation, Vadinar Oil Terminal Ltd

Capt. Arvind Kumar, Chief Manager (Shipping), MRPL- DELHI

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.


Who Should Attend:

The Conference discussions are extremely useful to Ship owners, Operators, Charterers, Cargo Interests, Port Operators, Port Authorities, Brokers, Agents, Bunker Suppliers, Traders, Terminal & Barge Operators, Financial Institutions, Insurance and Law Firms, Private Maritime Security Companies, Media, National and Regional Authorities.



Delegate fee per person INR 9,500/- plus 15% service tax till January 24,2017. Total Amount Payable INR 10,925/- per person [ US$ 190.00] 

After January 24th, 2017, delegate fee per person INR 10500/- + 15% service tax. Total amount payable INR 12,075/- per person [US$ 210.00].


For sponsorship & delegate registration , please contact:
Capt Virendra N. Mishra, Conference Director

+91-9768161587+91-22- 41271324


Come, join us and benefit from the opportunity to connect, confer and conduct business !!

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