The Leela Group of Companies is a very prominent business house of Gujarat, with diverse interests in ship recycling, and buying and selling of ships; travel and tours; real estate and construction; hospitality; diamond jewellery; and electronic and print media.
The Group is captained by Mr Komalkant F Sharma, the Chairman and Managing Director.
Leela Group started its journey way back in 1954, when the Late Mr. Fakirchand Sharma, father of Mr Komalkant Sharma, set up a logistics business. Mr. Komalkant joined logistics in the year 1978. The name Leela Group was coined after Komalkant Sharma’s mother Leelavati Sharma. Efcee Sarovar Portico Hotel (Division of Leela Trade Link) was named after his father. Hence, groups are named as a combination of parents name. Today, it has six group companies:
Leela Ship Recycling is the flagship venture of the group. Its operations are based out of Alang (in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat), the world’s largest ship-breaking yard. The company was set up in the year year 2009 with his first project Leela Efcee which is the corporate head office of Leela Group of companies today with its corporate headquarters at Efcee Bhavnagar, and has, since then, blazed a trail in implementing various global standards for sustainable development. Leela Ship Recycling has virtually redefined the very concept of ship breaking globally by setting new standards for decommissioning ships in an eco-friendly and green way. In 2014, the company took over another ship recycling yard, Sarvag Shipping Services.
In 2017, Ganpatrai JaiGopal Ship Breakers Pvt. Ltd. at Plot no. 35 is another new addition to our group yards. It is moving to HKC SOC soon.
Global Travel Solutions, which commenced its operations in 2004, is an IATA-accredited company, and a member of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). It is approved by the Regional Passport Office, Government of India. A one-stop travel house, Global Travel Solutions is fully equipped to take care of any of your travel needs. Ticketing (air/railway), international tour packages, domestic tour packages, passport assistance, visa assistance – the company does it all with panache.
Leela Buildcon & Infrastructure went on stream in the year 2009. Since then, it has emerged as a reputed real estate company, with projects of exceptional quality. Leela Buildcon is committed to creating residences and commercial complexes that match global standards in terms of quality and design. The focus is on aesthetics and customer satisfaction. The company believes in creating, not just building. It has seven projects in its kitty – Leela Shanti Residency, Leela Shanti Heights, Leela Udaan, Leela Palak, Leela Nano, Leela Amrut Bungalows and Leela Efcee.
Efcee Sarovar Portico ( Division of Leela Trade Link) is the newest company of the Leela Group, having started its operations in 2016. As of now, it has a 4-star hotel in Bhavnagar, Efcee Sarovar Portico, in collaboration with Sarovar Hotels & Resorts.
Leela Diamonds is located in the heart of the diamond capital of India, Surat. It manufactures exquisite pieces of diamond jewellery. With an in-house jewellery manufacturing unit, Leela Diamonds also creates marvels in gold and platinum.
Leela News Network started its operations in the year 2004. The company has both print and electronic media operations, with a local TV channel broadcasting from Bhavnagar, and a newspaper published from several centres in Gujarat.
As a company primarily involved in ship-breaking, our story is mostly about protecting the environment. We believe that unless ship decommissioning is carried out in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner, the activity will be self-defeating. We have our reasons to believe that – if it becomes a hazardous activity, sooner or later, environmentalists will raise a hue and cry, and, ultimately, governments and corporate entities will have to pay heed to their war cry. And what will their war cry be? Stop!
Now, if we conduct ourselves responsibly and keep the environment at the core of our operations, we will be doing ourselves a huge favour.
And we won’t have to stop.
Our mission is to set global standards for safety and environment protection and raise the bar for others to follow. In all our activities, we strive to fulfill this mission.
Our vision is to become a company worthy of emulation, and to be world’s safest, cleanest and greenest conglomerate. We constantly endeavour to translate our vision into reality.
India has a rich and extensive maritime history – we go way back to the 3rd century, BC, when inhabitants of the Indus Valley initiated maritime trading contact with Mesopotamia. As trade between India and the Greco-Roman world increased, spices became the main export from India to the Western world. The spice trade was the main reason why Europeans established their empires in India.
And if ships were setting sail, they also needed to be dismantled, or decommissioned, after their life was over. In olden times, wooden-hulled ships were simply set on fire. But the advent of metal-hulled ships created a new requirement – ships now had to be dismantled, or broken. Until the late 20th century, ship-breaking took place in port cities of industrialized countries, such as the United Kingdom and the United States. But in the mid 20th century, low-cost East Asian countries began to dominate ship breaking, with countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Korea and Taiwan becoming prominent ship-breaking destinations.
Today, India is the world-leader in ship-breaking. And we, at Leela Green Ship, are proud to be the torchbearers of our country’s tradition of ship-dismantling. While we have interests in diverse fields, ship recycling is our flagship activity. We are a very well-respected and renowned name in the industry. With our commitment to sustainability, safety, and protection of the environment, we have virtually redefined the very concept of ship breaking globally. Indeed, we have raised the bar for others to follow, having set new standards for decommissioning ships in an eco-friendly and green way.
All our operations have the environment at heart – we are committed to minimizing our ecological impact. Not just our ship-recycling activity, out other business interests are also built upon the premise of taking as little from nature as possible, and giving back to it, as much as possible.
In the years to come, we will continue to challenge ourselves, and set an example for others to emulate.
I would like to sign off by sharing with you a quote that I am very fond of: “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind, which determines the way we will go.”
I promise you we will go the right way!
KOMALKANT F. SHARMA
Every corporate worth its name owes its success to its people – most importantly, top management.
At the helm of Leela Ship Recycling is a trio of field-proven manager-visionaries.
Along with the Group Chairman, Mr. Komalkant Sharma, each of them brings to the table individual skills and perspectives to help the company hold its own against very tough competition in the green ship recycling arena. The entire management team is committed to serving the company’s vision of becoming a company worthy of emulation, and to be world’s safest, cleanest and greenest conglomerate.
Collectively, senior management experience covers everything, from financial and project planning to construction, project completion and marketing.
Needless to say, it is the bedrock that provides the company with a solid foundation.
Leela Group is proud to announce that yet another recycling facility of the Leela Group, M/S Sarvag Shipping Services Pvt Ltd, Plot No 84 D, S.R.Y. Alang, has been accorded a Statement Of Compliance (SOC) with the internationally acceptable standards of the IMO for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling, i.e., the Hong Kong Convention (HKC). The SOC was accorded by RINA Services (Registro Italiano Navale).
This is a further recognition of our group’s commitment to continuous improvement of the sustainable green ship recycling practices. The Group has been accorded various awards at various forums for Quality Management Practices, Environmental Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Leela Ship Recycling Pvt Ltd, Plot No 2, was one of the first yards in Alang, India, which obtained an SOC from HKC for Class NK.
Leela Ship Recycling is a ship recycling company. We are committed to continual improvement of the health of our people, and their welfare and safety. We are also committed to protecting the environment, and preventing all types of pollution, as also health and safety risks. We strive to achieve this by :