About Sitara Shipping

Sitara Shipping Ltd (SSL or the Company) was established in 1981. The Company initially started off as ship agents and later diversified into containers in the year 1991. The company has lots of “firsts” to their credit with being the first private Non Vessel Owning Container Company (NVOCC) to issue its Multimodal Transport Document [MTD].  SSL is the only Indian Company to execute a project for the US Defense Forces at Diego Garcia, a naval base in the Indian Ocean.

The company owns and operates a fleet of 20’ and 40’ Dry General Purpose containers, flat rack and open top containers. In 2001 SSL found that there was a need to cater to the niche market of overdimensional cargo. The Company changed focus from carrying general, perishable and reefer cargo to specialise in over dimensional and project cargo. The Company’s area of operation is between India and the Middle East as well Indian subcontinent.

Equipped with necessary infrastructure, SSL is today involved in worldwide transports to and from all locations in India, from small to large shipments, from standard containers to specialized ones. SSL owns & operates its own “Sitara” branded containers.

The Company loads Kandla, Mundra ,Mumbai and Nhava Sheva and is one of the few companies that load ex all the terminals at Nhava Sheva that is NSICT, JNPT & GTI. With an extensive network the Company is able to deliver cargo port to port & door to door service to just anywhere and everywhere in the world.

Managing Director : Capt. S.S. Sahi

Capt S. S Sahi hails from a small town in Haryana. He left home at the age of 14 to join the merchant navy. He became Master Mariner at the young age of 25.

He sailed with the Great Eastern Shipping Company for 7 yrs and then a few Indian & Foreign shIpping companies.

At the young age of 26 he came ashore and founded Sahi Oretrans in 1970 which primarily owned and operated barges to carry iron ore from the interiors of the Zuari river to anchorage for loading onto the ships.
The next year 1971 he started Illyas Shipping to carry out ship agency & crew recruitment.

SSL owes it’s success due to the foresightedness of Capt Sahi.
“Sitara Shipping” from handling activities such as Ship Agencies the company has steered ahead testing new waters & exploring new avenues.Since the formation the company has evolved from being just Ship Agents to Container Line operator.

In 1991 “Sitara” diversified into container handling . At that time RBI did not allow companies to import contrs ex bond and Capt sahi persuaded & convinced RBI for the same.Finally his efforts bore fruits and RBI relented & granted permission to Sitara to import containers ex bond.

Capt. Sahi, when he became Master Mariner

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