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Zen Shipping has been founded in April 2011 by Mr Sahil Lihala.  Mr Sahil Lihala has done his B.E. in Mechanical and MBA in Global Supply Chain and Logistics from S.P.JAIN Global in Dubai.  He has worked in Logistics and Shipping sector for over twelve years.  He has worked with Perfetti Van Melle, Synovate Business Consulting, Cap Gemini, Durian Industries and has management experience of more than eight years in Chemical Merchant Ships Fixtures.  Mr Rakesh Goel who is Technical Head of company, is an ex DMAT pass out and has over twenty years of sailing experience and fifteen years of On-Shore experience in ship building and technical management.  Captain Vinod Kumar who is the DPA of the company has thirty five years of sailing experience in companies like SCI. 

Zen Shipping is India’s only Chemical Tanker company.  We have started of with getting Technical Management License from DG Shipping for managing Oil & Chemical Tankers.  In initial three years we have managed and bare boat Chartered Foreign Ships for various clients like DCW, Hindalco Ltd., Sterlite Industries, Paradeep Phosphate, Hazel Mercantile Pvt Ltd, BK Sales, Adani Wilmar.  In 2013 we acquired our first Chemical Tanker MT Bon Atlantico and we flagged it in India.  The vessel is specialized Chemical Tanker built in Japan.  This Tanker has multiple compartments made of stainless steel 316SL.  Due to the built of the tanks we can load both hazardous cargo and non-hazardous cargo,  both organics and inorganics Chemicals,  product ranging from Phosphoric Acid, Sulphuric Acid, Acetic Acid, Methanol, Ethanol, Methyl Ethyl Glycol, Caustic Soda, Mixed Xylene, Para Xylene, Ortho Xylene, Benzene, Mixed Aromatics, ACN, Hexane, Ethyl Di Chloride, C9, High speed Diesel, Aviation Turbine Fuel, Motor Spirit, Naphtha, Cyclo Hexane, UAN, FAME, Vegetable Oil, Castor Oil, Mustard Oil, Rape Seed Oil, Sunflower Oil, etc.  We acquired our second vessel MT Tulip in next year 2014 built in Japan.  She is 10,280 deadweight vessel with draft which can meet the requirements of tidal ports like Haldia and Budge Budge and is a premium category vessel.  Our third vessel Mt Chem Atlantic acquired in 2018 is operatin in foreign flag in Far East.

We have worked with, SABIC, HPCL, BPCL, Petrochem Middle East, Willowy General Trading LLC, Trans Ammonia, Trammochem, Mewah Oils and Fats Pte Ltd, SIME DARBY, Noble Trading, Network Chartering, Nordic Tankers, ICC New York, Tricon USA, CJ SHAH, Jupiter Dichem, Agrifields, OCP, Mitsubishi, Tradhol International, SOCAR Azerbaijan, Kolmar, Vedanta, CPDC, Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd, Marubeni Corporation, Integra, Bunge Handelsgesellchaft mbH, Glencore, etc.  over period last 5 years.

Also we are in process of acquiring more ships of chemical tanker size 35 K to 40 K swt in coming few months.


Zen’s Vision is to be the largest ship owner in the world


Mission of Zen to achieve the Vision

Core Value

Team work , Team Spirit, Respect, Ethics and Moral, Trust, Honesty



  • Started with $ 1 mn, as vessel management services company engaged in marketing & crew operations
  • Have Shipped 5,000,000+ MT of cargo across global destinations within the first 100 months of inception
  • Acquired two chemical tanker vessels in 2014; MT Tulip (10,280 DWT) and Bon Atlantico (14,003 DWT)
  • Bon Atlántico is chartered to one of the Largest Government of India Owned
  • The Other vessel Tulip is on charter with UAE Trading Company

The Road Ahead

Where there is a will there is a way.

Management's Message

Logistics exists from the very beginning of civilization and as the geographical distance between the production points and consumption points increased, the importance of logistics has become paramount in business.

Wars have been won and lost through logistics capability or lack of it. While the early days Generals understood the significance of logistics businesses seem to have learnt it fairly recently. It is the logistics capabilities which give edge to a business and for team ZEN, this science of planning, organizing and managing activities by sea through 'intelligent' means is 'raison d'etre'. At ZEN, every day is a learning process with new assignments coming up. The excitement peaks out when we receive new enquiries, new cargo to move, new path to tread and new targets to achieve. Team ZEN keeps re-gearing to achieve newer goals, the passion arising out of fire in the belly.

The focus at ZEN remains constant at continuous improvement and lateral thinking of providing simple yet cost effective solutions for complex logistical problems .We realize that we are pioneers in liquid logistics worldwide, and we strive to consolidate on this first move advantage as a niche liquid logistics solution provider in this country.

Without customers, ZEN cannot exist: ZEN is what it is today thanks to customers and shall be what customers shall want it to be.