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Bids readied to take Shipping Corporation of India private

A management buy-out of sorts is being mooted for India’s flagship carrier. According to the Hindu Business Line, around 400 serving and 200 former employees are keen to bid for Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), aided by three Indian investors.

New Delhi has publicly stated it is readying privatisation plans for SCI, as well as a host of other state-run entities. On December 22, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) invited expressions of interest to privatise SCI by selling the government’s 63.75% stake to a strategic buyer. Potential bidders have until February 13 to file their interest with other bids likely to come in for the 71-year-old shipping line, including from existing private Indian shipowners.

HK Joshi-led SCI runs a fleet of 59 vessels consisting of two container vessels, 18 crude oil tankers, 15 dry bulk carriers, one LPG / ammonia carrier, two multipurpose vessels, eight offshore supply vessels and 13 product tankers.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. To streamline SCI it is needed to privatised.
    The Govt of India liabilities will reduce and SCI might grow fast .
    There shall be strict laws that none of the SCI staff shall be terminated ,neither flags to be changed always remain Indian flag.

    1. The need of the hour is for SCI to be privatized and to CHANGE the age old practices/malpractices. By retaining the current staff, all we will be doing is perpetuating the rot which has set in. The famous SCI attitude has to go!

  2. National glory, …pride to be made by collective efferts towards for growths with well planned mission.

    Business profits asscertain by privatization, but national arrisements is constrained due to selfish mission.

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