Shri Kishinchand Chellaram, launched a small retail textile business in Madras (now Chennai), India laying the foundations of Kishinchand Chellaram Group.
"The harder I worked, more opportunities came my way."
- Shri Kishinchand Chellaram, 1880 - 1951
The company opened the doors of its first overseas office in Yokohama Japan, spearheading a series of international trading depots throughout Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
Shri Kishinchand Chellaram with management and staff of Kishinchand Chellaram Yokohama office.
The Kishinchand Chellaram Group grew to be one of the leading trading houses in West Africa, Europe and Asia with over 50 branches across four continents.
Shri Kishinchand Chellaram and Lokumal K Chellaram in Lagos, 1936.
Under the Chairmanship of Lokumal K. Chellaram, the business diversified into dry-bulk shipping with the establishment of its flagship company Kishinchand Chellaram Maritime Agencies Ltd. The company took delivery of its first vessel “Darya Lok” in the same year.
Lokumal K Chellaram, Chairman of Kishinchand Chellaram Maritime Agencies Ltd., with Derek Kimber, Managing Director of Sunderland Shipbuilders at delivery of a vessel in 1981
The Company added to the fleet, two panamax bulk carrier vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea, taking delivery in 1996.
Following a corporate restructuring of the Group in 1999, KC Maritime was established under the Chairmanship of Sham L. Chellaram to consolidate the Group's shipping activities.
KC Maritime fleet grew by taking delivery of three new panamax vessels from Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Japan between 1999 and 2001.
Further expanding its fleet size, KC Maritime was at the time one of only a handful of International Ship Owners to build ships in China by ordering four Panamax size vessels from Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding, China, between 2003 and 2004.
KC Maritime diversified into project vessel business which mainly catered to customers who required specialised vessels for their iron ore / coal and aggregate cargoes. Specialised self-unloading vessels were designed and constructed to maximise efficiency for customers in the Middle – East for their aggregate cargoes. As part of “close – to – customer” approach, we set up an office In Dubai in 2006 to service the contracts and serve customers more efficiently.
With a new structure under the Chairmanship of Sham L. Chellaram, there was further expansion into the offshore marine logistics sector with the formation of Chellsea, headquartered in Singapore to specialize in Platform Supply Vessels.
KC Maritime fleet grew by five more vessels, by taking delivery of new Kamsarmax size vessels, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company, South Korea and Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries, Romania, between 2011 to 2013.
In the process of expansion, KC Maritime entered a JV with a reputed Bank to manage dry bulk vessels. Today, the JV continues with a reputable US private equity investor.
The company took delivery of four new Ultramax vessels from COSCO (Zhoushan) shipyard between 2015 and 2018. KCM also took delivery of one Kamsarmax vessel from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard.
With a growing fleet of modern Kamsarmax and Ultramax bulk carriers, KC Maritime is committed in providing top-class services in the dry-bulk segment under the Chairmanship of Gautam S. Chellaram.