The Indian logistics sector is on a big growth tide. The country’s logistics industry which is worth around USD 160 billion is likely to touch USD 215 billion in the next two years with the implementation of GST, according to the Economic Survey. With the implementation of GST, the Indian logistics market is expected to reach about USD 215 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 10.5 per cent. The Indian logistics industry which provides employment to more than 22 million people has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8 per cent during the last five years.
The Global Ranking of the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index shows that India jumped to 35th rank in 2016 from 54th rank in 2014 , in terms of overall logistics performance. The report also showed that India’s logistics sector has improved its performance on all the six parameters used in the ranking. This is a huge jump of 20 ranks and clearly indicates the growth of the sector. Understanding the future prospect of the Indian Logistic market an international shipping conglomerate, the Safesea Group, of shipping and logistics voyage was established to take the logistic industry to the next level. This global entity was conceptualized, formed and steered by the vision and passion of a thorough shipping professional, S V Anchan, a third generation in this domain. “Journey of Passion always has its own pleasure. As this is not a business for us, but passion, where Shipping happens to be our religion. It was during the year 2008 (recession period), we took a bold decision to establish a new company for catering to specialized cargoes like project shipments, Break Bulk and Bulk shipments.”
A flexible & innovative logistics solution
Headquartered in New Jersey, USA, Safesea caters to a multiple array of high quality professional services such as shipping & chartering; which includes Oil Tankers i.e Crude Tankers carrying large quantities of unrefined crude oil from point of extraction to refineries of 300,000MT. Product Tankers are designed to carry refined products from refineries to regions with a consumer base. Products include gasoil, naptha, aviation fuel, gasoline and many more. Chemical specialized Tankers commonly known as parcel tankers, team Safesea carefully yet aggressively scouts for opportunities to load full or part cargoes based on regional pricing and global demand.
Logistic & Transportation service are such as Ocean & Air Freight an enviable service provider with high performance standards flexibility to meet the changing needs of the industry. This includes Visibility and Control, Global Access to Expand Horizons and Tracking on-time delivery solutions. Warehousing/Custom Clearance are among the broad array of services available across our offices worldwide.
“Our passion has existed for three generations and will flow until the ocean world prevails. We offer one window service under one roof for all the shipping needs, as we move anything that needs to be moved. We are empaneled with various local and international bodies & organizations. Thru our global offices we offer 24 x 7 services,” said S V Anchan, Founder, Safesea.
Elongating the Parameters to go an Extra Mile
An ISO 9001:2015 certified company Safesea has a wide range of patrons , Catered to the requirements of Indian Oil, 3M, Siemens, Alpine, NTPC, ISO, Essar, , Mena Energy are to name a few. “The Conviction, Passion and Shipping did not deter from working like an extension of our clients, which gave us the opportunity to understand the need of our valued clients more closely with a personal touch. This enhanced bond and personalized service with our clients gave us the opening to share & provide tailor made solutions. We provided consultancy services at no cost which eventually unlocked the doors for ancillary services like warehousing & distribution, project managements and Military cargoes. However we still believe in what is called people interaction instead of making the digital technology to respond to customer’s queries. Since shipping is a Stone Age biz, somehow I personally feel the interaction and relationship plays a pivotal role and is name of the game of our biz. Though we have advanced technology in place, but as far as customer interaction is concerned we still manage through live interaction. We firmly believe on the phrase that “Don’t Go where the PATH may LEAD, Go instead where there is no path and leave TRAILs”. This helped us to retain our clients in all weather,” added S V Anchan.
The journey so far
Established over a decade ago, Safesea has come a long way from where it all started. Owing to consistent commitment to value-based business, Safesea has witnessed robust growth leading to an expansion of its presence on a global scale. The group is headquartered in USA, having offices in Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom, India & Bangladesh (South Asia) UAE & Iraq (Middle Est) and Singapore (South East Asia), along with a network of allied offices in over 100 countries.
The Logistic firm has bagged many awards and recognition due to its tireless hard work. Some of the famous award and recognition received by Safesea group are as follows:
- Future 50 fastest growing companies Award 2015 by SmartCEO
- Bulk Logistics Excellence Award 2015 for diversified interest within shipping verticals by IBJ, UK
- International Leadership Innovation Excellence AWARD & Gold Medal by Institute of Economic Studies 2017
- Mahatma Gandhi Sanman Award by House of Lords, UK 2017
- Maritime Excellence AWARD 2017 by Govt. Of Telangana State and Indy wood
The Force behind the Accomplishment
The stiff and the rigid team of Safesea is the pillar behind the company’s execution. The simple and uncomplicated policy of the organization doesn’t box the employee, but gives them a transparent atmosphere with free flow of knowledge without firewall. Cross department trainings are given to the employees to make them a holistic shipping professionals. There is no thick wall between the department likewise the employees. This mitigates the red tape, which helps in achieving quick turn around and better output. As the firm believes that the growth of the employees will lead to the growth of the company.
In Pursuit of Serving Clients Better
S V Anchan is the master mind behind the dazzling success of the Safesea Group. He is instrumental in the meteoric rise and success of this enterprise, which has expanded its footprints across the globe over the past decade. Under Mr. Anchan’s leadership, Safesea Group became one of the few shipping firms over the world that caters to a wide & deep array of high quality professional services.
The self-proclaimed ‘old-fashioned’ yet extremely ‘courageous’ S V Anchan is the perfect combination of inspiration and passion. That’s because he has earned his name as one of the most renowned businessmen across the globe and continues to expand his footprint. Sheer dedication, in-depth knowledge and accurate market analysis makes him the businessman that he is today. The Safesea Group has drastically gained recognition and accolades over a little more than a decade and still counting owing to his expertise and innovative ideas.
Some of the biggest achievements of S V Anchan’s are:
- The first and only Indian-origin American to own ships in North America
- Best Ship Operator of the Year Finalist by Lloyds, UK, 2017
- International Man of the Year at the 7th Annual Congressional AWARD, USA, 2017
- Winner of the Global Indian Icon AWARD by Stardust in New York, 2017
- Finalist of Lloyd’s List Dry Bulk Operator of the Year Maritime Award, 2017
- International Leadership Innovation Excellence AWARD & Gold Medal by Institute of Economic Studies, 2017
- ETNOW Stars of the Industry – Most Innovative Leader AWARD, 2018
- The only Indian-American shipping professional to own offices in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, India, Iraq, Dubai, Bangladesh and Singapore
- He was the first shipping professional to land in Iraq in 1997 post the Iraq-Kuwait war to offer shipping services under United Nations’ Oil for Food Program
The Future Roadmap
The company with a positive outlook aspires to double its revenue and clients in the year to come. “Our determination to grow the business with a purpose started with a SWOT analysis to accomplish our “VISION 2020”, from which we conceived our development and execution strategies which includes Developing a strategic direction, supported by necessary allocation of resources and coordinated business unit plans and Execution by analyzing the structure and dynamics of each of the relevant markets and allocation of resources, along with asset procurement, we anticipate a greater return on investments,” concluded Anchan.