Jochen Döhle dragged into Elektrans scandal

One of the most famous names in Hamburg shipping has been dragged into the court proceedings surrounding the demise of Daniel Chopra’s Elektrans Shipping in Mumbai.

Splash reported yesterday that insolvency proceedings are now underway in Mumbai over the fallen tanker player. It has emerged that at the same time a criminal case filed by the local income tax commissioner has targeted Elektrans, Chopra and other former executives including Jochen Döhle, the managing partner of Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG.

Established in 2001, Elektrans Group was formerly known as Doehle Danautic India before rebranding in 2015 at which point Jochen Döhle resigned as a director of the company.

The local tax authorities have charged Elektrans with being late with millions of dollars of income tax and list Döhle among the defendants.

Elektrans boss Chopra’s shipping career started with Peter Döhle where he became the company’s youngest master mariner.

Elektrans has three tankers in its fleet according to VesselsValue, 1998-built MR1 Distya Pushti, 2012-built product tanker Nu Shi Nalini and 2010-built 1,100 dwt tanker Shree Krishna XV. They’re valued at just over $19m.

Officials at Peter Döhle in Hamburg have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier.

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.
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