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Elektrans group ceo Capt Michael Elwert

Elektrans and CST/Marine Service join forces to form Chemtrans India

Mumbai-based Elektrans Group, German tanker operator Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH (CST) and sister company Marine Service GmbH have joined forces to target opportunities across India’s growing gas industry.

The three companies have formed Chemtrans India Private Ltd with the joint venture company designed to “generate synergies which will benefit both Elektrans and CST/ Marine Service”.    

Daniel Chopra, executive chairman of Elektrans, a family-owned company which includes shipping arm Gauri Ships, said the new partnership would be able to tap global networks to provide “high standards of client servicing”.

“This is yet another important milestone in Elektrans’ strategic drive and ultimate goal - to be among the best performing integrated shipping service providers and establish ourselves as reputable shipowners trading to the highest International standards,” Chopra said.

“We are proud to be associated with CST and Marine Service, companies which have a solid reputation globally and have been providing pioneering solutions over many years, especially in the field of LNG.”

Elektrans Group has provided integrated shipping services to a global customer base for 15 years including technical management, e-commerce, commercial and crew management, marine travel, ship recycling and freight forwarding services.

It owns and operates its own fleet of tanker vessels, supported by 250 shore staff and 1500 ships crew, under Gauri Ships and will continue to “aggressively expand its tanker fleet”. It has offices in India and Singapore.

Capt Michael Elwert (pictured), appointed group ceo of the Elektrans Group in April, is moderating a ‘Smart Shipping’ conference during the UAE Maritime Leaders’ Summit on October 30. The Dubai Maritime City Authority promoted summit kickstarts Dubai Maritime Week which includes the 8th edition of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East conference and exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre from 31 October- 2 November. 

CTS md Christian Krämer, commenting on behalf of Marine Service, acknowledged Chemtrans India is eyeing opportunities in India and beyond.

“We are delighted and very much looking forward to our partnership with Elektrans Group, as we do remain confident that this will yield clear synergies and new business opportunities within India as well as greater Asia”. 

Marine Service GmbH, founded in 1958 by Dr. Karl-Heinz Krämer, father of the present chairman Peter Krämer, is a leading engineering consultancy company servicing the LNG and LPG sectors. It specialises in LNG bunkering solutions, LNG propulsion systems, FSRUs, offshore transformer platforms for wind farms and the engineering of nearly all vessel types.

Chemikalien Seetransport G.m.b.H. belongs to the same group as Marine Service and was founded in 1969. The company is a technical and commercial ship manager for all major vessel types.

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