There is But One Earth

The 3-day Chellship Fleet Seminar 2024, themed “There is But One Earth,” was an enlightening journey from discussions on sustainability to insights into health and industry regulations, leaving participants inspired and informed. Held amidst the tranquil ambiance of Della Resorts in Lonavala, attendees not only indulged in thought-provoking sessions but also enjoyed the luxury and comfort of this scenic venue.

With a total of 84 participants, including the spouses of our senior ship-staff, the event became a nexus of knowledge and camaraderie, set against a backdrop of opulence and relaxation. The voyage commenced with the impassioned call of our Group Chairman, Mr. Lal Chellaram, for environmental stewardship, health enhancement, and employee well-being. The environmental Sessions were kickstarted by the keynote speaker Mr. Torben Norgaad from Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Copenhagen and delved into green initiatives, alternative fuels, and fuel efficiency enhancement.

On the second day, Dr. Unnikrishnan, renowned Endocrinologist and CEO of Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune shed light on the perils of smoking and the significance of embracing a healthy lifestyle. Dietician Ms. Sheryl Salis detailed the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet for promoting longevity and maintaining healthy aging. She explored various dietary approaches and underscored the significance of farm-to-fork cuisine and the value of home-cooked meals. The importance of adopting a vegetarian diet for environmental preservation took centre stage, emphasizing the need for sustainable dietary choices to combat climate change and support animal welfare. Discussions on EU ETS and alternative fuels sparked engaging exchanges. Insights into “Greenship” from DNV further enriched our understanding of decarbonisation.


The final day started in the same way as the second day with all the participants taking part in a morning fitness session comprising Yoga and Physical Fitness, conducted by experts from the Wellness team of Chellaram Diabetes Institute.  Further driving home the organisations focus on health and wellbeing of its valuable staff.  Thereafter the day focused on clean rivers, personnel safetyand future strides toward a greener, healthier maritime industry. Attendees explored topics ranging from smoking cessation to voyage optimization, showcasing a tangible commitment to sustainable practices, including the banning of smoking and reduction of onboard plastics.

Capt. Shrikant Saraswate, Capt. Parag Driver and Chief Engineer Arvind Kumar, having completed over 20 contract each with Chellship, were felicitated in recognition of their long and loyal service.

As the seminar concluded, participants and their families cherished the moments spent at Della Resorts, reflecting on the bonds formed and memories made. Let us continue sailing towards a cleaner, healthier future together.