The Orion group is promoted by the Suklikar family. The company was founded in 1987 by Capt. P.B. Suklikar - a pioneer in the shipping & offshore industry. Capt. Suklikar, an alumnus of the prestigious T.S. Dufferin, had an illustrious career at sea on-board bulk carriers and tankers where he took command of his first ship at the early age of 28. He was also the first captain of Sagar Samrat, ONGC’s first oil drilling unit which struck oil at Bombay High in 1974.

 

After a long career at sea as well as ashore with the Indian maritime administration & ONGC and several years in the private sector as the head of operations of an offshore ship management company, Capt. Suklikar started his entrepreneurial innings with Orion in 1987.

 

 
 

Following Capt. Suklikar’s untimely passing in September 2000, Mr. Aditya Suklikar took over the reins of Orion. He holds Bachelors degrees in Economics & Mathematics as well as a Masters degree in Finance - all from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining Orion, Mr. Suklikar worked for close to 4 years in the financial services, technology and consulting industries in the San Francisco bay area. Mr. Suklikar is the MD of the Orion group and in addition to being actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Orion, he also manages the financial, commercial and chartering operations as well as the long-term growth and investment strategies for Orion. He is also the Hon. Secretary of ICC, the Indian coastal shipowners’ association and in this capacity, he has been closely working with the Indian maritime regulator - The Directorate General of Shipping - in drafting & executing India’s coastal shipping policy.

 
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