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Lighthouse - March, 2011.

Chairman’s Message


At CSS we have always taken care to research meticulously the details and data which are needed for new programmes and systems to be incorporated within our company.  This has to happen before any attempts are made to integrate new services or structures because, without this, any implementation is doomed to failure. Within the corporate world we have seen many ambitious projects being abandoned half way, which brings a huge loss within society.  Our commitment, to always demand diligent research, has held us in good stead. As we face the future there needs to be a fool proof engagement of system study, for any campaign, in order to ensure success. We can be proud of our progressive approaches which have benefited our company and society.

In my Lighthouse message one year ago, I highlighted how we needed to ensure a greener earth for future generations. No doubt you will join with me in feeling pleasure that our “Go Green” campaign has been most effective. Our efforts, like sponsoring 500 trees in Sri Lanka, have achieved welcome audits and plaudits from many quarters. It is this approach, to our social responsibility, that has brought in success for team CSS and every one behind this campaign deserves accolades.

What makes CSS Group unique is our humane approach. We are humbled, and at the same time proud, by the dedication of Our People, Our Associates and Our Partners that have made us a solid conglomerate. As a key stake-holder in CSS Group, I look forward to making every single moment of your association with our organization a memorable one.


Global Shipping And Logistic Services


Heavy new and used equipment requires special shipping considerations due its size and weight. Shipping all types of cargoes such as bulldozers, cranes, trucks, plant equipment, project cargoes and other heavy industrial machinery requires a specialized Freight and Logistics service provider. CSS Group is now focusing on providing various types of global Logistics solutions so that shippers and receivers can receive a dedicated competitive professional service which will enable all parties involved to focus on the actual buying and selling or the projects they require the actual equipment to be used for.  The first step in shipping heavy equipment is to have accurate cargo details such as dimensions and weight for the actual ocean carrier or transporter so that a competitive quote can be provided. This type of information can help the vessel owner or operator via CSS determine the actual type of service required and if any special considerations need to be made. CSS Group has the experience, dedicated professionals and first class knowledge globally that enables us to focus on this specialized sector of the market.

Our dedicated team always consults and works with our clients for the respective cargo specs as well as specialist transporters in order to obtain all requisite information regarding equipment or cargo dimensions and weight.

Once these have been determined the CSS Group then consider the various transport and shipping requirements and options. Equipment may require specialized transport and ocean freight options, whether the cargo may require a special trailers and handling CSS can arrange transport and shipping even though some cargoes present challenges. CSS carefully researches your options and chooses those that will work best for you.

Heavy equipment transport and ocean freight can be a difficult task, therefore it is important to choose a company that specializes in this arena such as CSS. Working with an experienced freight and logistics provider helps take some of the guesswork out of the entire shipping process, while working directly with a logistics provider such as CSS allows its customers to be more involved in the entire process and can often result in more personalized service.

Before the day of the actual move, CSS works closely with its customers in order to prepare and take necessary steps to make sure that all cargo and equipment will arrive safely. CSS is prepared for any adverse conditions it may encounter in the whole process. When clients need to make special preparations for overweight or oversized equipment CSS always deliver.

When purchasing logistic services CSS makes sure a clear scope of work is defined and the client knows what the actual scope of work covers and how to make sure shipping heavy equipment does not have to be such a heavy burden.

CSS always researches and ensures proper preparation as this goes a long way toward ensuring a smooth shipping experience.

CSS is much more than a RoRo breakbulk shipping provider. CSS Group encompasses the whole logistics chain, with many CSS Group subsidiary companies also contributing to the diversification of the actual services we are able to offer.

The choice is yours. Select from many of our services in order to meet your unique requirements or contact us to design a customized service solution. Whether you’re a manufacturer, dealer or buyer or even perhaps a private individual shipping your personal vehicles overseas, CSS can provide the right solution.

CSS is your solution provider for RoRo shipping, distribution services, forwarding & customs brokerage, logistics consultation, bulk and tramp movements we truly have a vast array of services on land, sea and in the air.

CSS – Consolidation / Logistics Management is one of the Middle East and Subcontinent’s largest asset based logistics organizations and is a pioneer in the consolidation industry. CSS can manage purchase orders, ensures vendor compliance, and physically consolidates cargo and control bookings and shipments. CSS continues to set the standards for innovative services in the field of logistics management.

CSS offer RoRo Services in conjunction with leading long and short sea operators, transporting varied units per year. Aside from CSS shipping activities they we can also offer inland transportation, port operations, IT and logistics services.

CSS Logistics – Warehouse and Distribution Services are Providers of fully integrated logistics services available throughout. Our secure distribution center offer bonded storage and specialize in sensitive, high value products. CSS also has an extensive fleet of distribution vehicles and warehousing space.

CSS – Container Shipping Services offers world-class container services throughout the world. CSS excels in service worldwide with fixed day of the week calls at many ports. Parts accompanying RoRo units, units partially knocked down for assembly, parts for assembly and or repair as well as household goods accompanying a privately owned vehicle can easy be serviced through CSS services.


Top Tips While Buying Used Equipments Are:


  • Do seek references for the seller from someone you know who has dealt with them before.

  • Do physically inspect the equipment before you buy it – make sure that the correct type of serial number plate is fixed correctly to the chassis and that it has not been interfered with.

  • Don’t purchase from ‘dodgy’ places such as pub car parks, lay-bys or service stations.

  • Do view and buy it from the company or home address of the seller.

  • Do be suspicious of recently re-sprayed equipment.

  • Do check the ignition has not been damaged.

  • Do look for any previous owner decals – if you find any, call them to make sure they have sold it.

  • Do ask for any documentation – receipts, service history, V5 etc.

  • Do request a company receipt which includes the seller’s full address and VAT number.

  • Do the inspection done from an authorized body before you buy it – and do so when you are standing next to it.

  • Do insist on seeing the Check certificate if you are buying from a dealer or auction.

  • Don’t pay cash.

  • Do be suspicious if the sale price is less than the current market value.

  • Do walk away if you have any doubts.



“The CSS Group employees are highly skilled with a wealth of experience and knowledge in handling the shipping of various types and sizes of breakbulk equipments and machineries. Also due to the extensive network of agents worldwide we can proudly say, “when time matters we matter”.

Kenneth A Dinnadge
VP Business Development, CSS


A Grand Success


Following a highly successful third Breakbulk Asia event in Singapore Jan. 24-26, UBM Global Trade will inaugurate Breakbulk China in Shanghai in early 2012, bringing the largest event in the heavy-lift, project cargo and Breakbulk maritime sector to the world’s largest port city. CSS Group has secured its place at the inaugural Breakbulk China exhibition for 2012 to be held in Shanghai. Please look out on www.cssgroupsite.com for more details.

The recent Breakbulk Asia Conference and Exhibition in Singapore experienced record increases of 40 percent in attendance and 30 percent in exhibitors over the 2010 event. Breakbulk Asia 2011 addressed strategies for sustained growth as well as emerging market opportunities for the Breakbulk and project cargo shipping sectors.  The exhibition was attended by CSS Group delegates and associates which consisted of T.S. Kaladharan -Chairman CSS Group, Raj George-Senior Vice President Ocean Freight, Ken Dinnadge– Vice President Business Development, Narayan Tagore-General Manager CSS Bahrain, Suku Sudhakaran-Asst. General Manager CSS Abu Dhabi, Dean Landers-General Manager CSS Kuwait, Asim Saeed-Managing Director CSS Pakistan, Oliver Hahn-Regional Manager IFS Doha/Muscat, Amith Horra-Marketing Manager CSS Group, and Chandrakala-Management Trainee Projects, Oil & Energy Division CSS Group.

“We are delighted with the success of Breakbulk Asia this year in terms of both exhibition and attendance,” said Gregory March-Asia event director, Breakbulk. “The extensive attendee list – including representatives from 53 countries including many attendees from key Asian Breakbulk markets Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Indonesia, reflects the marketing investment we continue to put into these key regions and our events globally.”

“This growth and our continued research in China now aligns us perfectly for our inaugural Breakbulk China event at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Feb. 28th to March 1st, 2012. Seventy percent of Breakbulk Asia exhibitors have already booked their participation and we look forward to welcoming many more to Breakbulk China 2012,” March said.

“Being part of the JOC/Breakbulk Exhibitions over the years has proven to be a success for the entire CSS Group. We are able to showcase our first class products and services to different regions globally while maintaining, nurturing and strengthening our business relationships with our clients, customers and business associates. We look forward to participate in the upcoming JOC/Break Bulk exhibition to be held in New Orleans, USA later this year” said T.S. Kaladharan.

In addition to an economic overview of Asian Breakbulk markets, Breakbulk Asia 2011 examined industry challenges of piracy, vessel choice, operating in locations having minimal infrastructure and common complications between the bidding process and contract implementation. International Breakbulk industry issues ranged from Australia’s quarantine regulations to the growth plans of India and the Port of Shanghai.

Roundtable discussions and keynote speakers included industry leaders such as:

Christopher Palsson-Director, Site Manager, Maritime Research and Consultancy, IHS Fairplay.

Yuan Jinghua-Deputy General Operations Manager, Shanghai International Port Group.

Karsten Von Hoesslin-Senior Analyst, MSS, Risk Intelligence.

Breakbulk Asia provides a forum for shippers to develop relationships with the leading carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers that have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements. This year, the conference held its first Education Day, a daylong course for industry newcomers addressing the unique aspects of the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry.

Breakbulk Asia is one of three annual Breakbulk and project cargo transportation conferences organized by the Breakbulk (www.breakbulk.com) division of UBM Global Trade. The company also produces the annual Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference and Exhibition in Antwerp, Belgium, and the Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference and Exhibition, held alternately each year in Houston or New Orleans. For more information on these events, please visit  www.breakbulk.com/events


About Breakbulk


The Breakbulk (www.breakbulk.com) division of UBM Global Trade has been the most trusted source of intelligence for the Breakbulk and project cargo industry since its first Breakbulk conference in 1989. The Breakbulk division includes the bimonthly Breakbulk Magazine, three annual conferences, access to all business news articles, indices, archives and more on Breakbulk.com and the weekly e-newsletter, Breakbulk Newswire. Authoritative editorial content in the forms of daily news and in-depth analysis ensure Breakbulk members have the data and information necessary to understand the issues facing the Breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo shipping sectors. For membership information visit www.breakbulk.com/membership


About UBM Global Trade


UBM Global Trade is the leading provider of proprietary data, news, business intelligence and analytical content supporting commercial maritime, rail, trucking, warehousing and logistics industries worldwide. The company’s portfolio of more than 100 online, print and interactive workflow business solutions includes The Journal of Commerce, Breakbulk, RailResource, PIERS and an array of international trade and transportation databases and directories. UBM Global Trade, a subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, is headquartered in Newark, NJ, with offices throughout the United States. For more information, explore www.ubmglobaltrade.com or call 800-223-0243 (+1-973-848-7250 outside the U.S. or Canada).


Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers


Cargo On The Move From India To Dubai VIA CSS

CSS Group was recently appointed to secure a suitable vessel to load and ship a large shipment of 777 Caterpillar machines ex Mumbai to Jebel Ali (BREAKBULK) on behalf of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. Due to the cargo being time sensitive,  the cargo was required in Jebel Ali for a major auction. It had to be completely  dismantled, trucked from Hyderabad to Mumbai in order to meet a specialized CSS Chartered vessel at Mumbai port. This encompassed a considerable amount of preparation work to secure the right vessel tonnage, on behalf of our client, capable of being able to accommodate 777 Machines, which are some of Caterpillar’s largest dump trucks. Also CSS executed the complete coordination with the suppliers for the transportation across India as well as export documentation, the port, the police, the border crossings and then the actual vessel loading.  This was done with the help of CSS India offices and coordinated the entire project out of head office in Dubai.

The vessel was sourced and secured through reputable brokers and all relevant subcontractors were pre approved by the CSS Group in order to ensure that physical transportation was handled and the actual vessel loading. The CSS Group Team right from the Chairman to the Senior Management oversaw all infinite details in each and every step in order for Ritchie Bros to focus on the auction aspects as opposed to the actual shipping aspect. This was done through the specialist CSS Project Division which is now rapidly becoming one among a few project forwarders who is specializing in the international movement of heavy machinery using their own regional offices combined with our international partners. In fact moving heavy machinery across the world is what CSS Group do well i.e. shipping new and used mining machinery, construction earth moving equipment, cranes, plant equipment/machines exploration and drilling equipment as well as agricultural machinery, every day of every week. Whether you are shipping a Caterpillar dozer, a Hitachi excavator, a Komatsu dump truck or a Tadano crane, the very experienced crew of projects department knows exactly what is required to transport your heavy equipment in the safest and most economical shipping configuration.

CSS Group maintains an extensive technical database with machinery specifications of nearly all major earthmoving, construction and mining plant and equipment. This means our customers don’t have the hassle of having to provide technical drawings or machinery spec’s whenever they are shipping machinery internationally. The operations crew of CSS boasts average industry experience exceeding 20 years per person.  A third of the crew has more than 25 years experience, much of that time directly involved with shipping heavy equipment using scheduled RORO Services specialized break bulk and container vessels  and dedicated charters for larger parcels.

Whether it’s CSS Group or one of the competitors, we strongly recommend using heavy lift specialists when moving your valuable heavy machinery and other challenging cargoes, internationally.

For any enquiries about shipping various types of equipment, construction machinery and all types o f earth moving machines, transporting drill rigs, relocating a drag line, decommissioning a mine, relocating a manufacturing plant, repositioning military equipment, importing farm machinery, exporting generators or simply moving very big things the crew at CSS Group will always consider it as pleasure and great opportunity to handle this with utmost care. CSS Group is your service provider in this sector Door to Door worldwide.

Please send in enquiries to infoprojects@cssdubai.com.


WELCOME ONBOARD – Kenneth A Dinnadge


Kenneth A. Dinnadge has been recruited and is now responsible for the CSS Groups’ Business Development aspirations in the MENA and Sub-continent region and the furthering of contacts with potential key CSS Clients. He is extremely familiar with the culture, people, and business practices of the United Arab Emirates and the surrounding areas, having lived and worked in the region for over 35 years.

Before joining the CSS Group, Dinnadge held a key Regional Manager Consultancy –Region Americas for Barwil Unitor Ship Service (now known as Wilhelmsen Ship Service), a leading maritime services provider, where he was responsible for the integration of the company’s portfolio, as well as strategic planning and sales management. Prior to this, Dinnadge was the Business Manager for Gulf Agency Company L.L.C. Dubai Ltd., a provider of global shipping, logistics and marine services, where he used his extensive network of local and global contacts to enhance his company’s business. He has also served as a Sales Executive and then Senior Sales Manager for the Dubai Ports Authority, now known as Dubai World, where he developed global sales network and assisted in taking DPA to a top ten-ranked port in the word.

In 2006, he also helped to establish Global Strategic Alliance Inc Canada while assisting Canada Export Centre. (GSA) which was designed to build an international network of entrepreneurs and individuals to promote trade between Canada, Brazil and the Middle East region. The GSA Inc. network has been instrumental in introducing a number of products and technologies to new regions as well as promoting and procuring investment for high-end development projects.

Dinnadge is an Alumni Member of the INSEAD Business School, Fontainbleu, France and holds an Honors Degree in Business Administration from Ashford University. He is married and has four children and speaks Urdu, Arabic, and French.

Ken was recruited by CSS, as he is an astute Business Manager with a wealth of experience in international shipping, freight, and logistics as well as Business management.  Ken Dinnadge has a proven track record and demonstrated a first class record of change management, business development, and sales achievement. His strategic focus, commercial ability and people management skills make him a key force in driving the business forward.

Selected Recent Achievements

Secured difficult ships agency and logistics contracts by bidding for, winning and managing many principals and clients interests. An example of this was Ken’s involvement and management of a major contract for the US Government, shipping large quantities (GM) police vehicles for the US Iraqi reconstruction program. Client satisfaction was achieved despite a difficult working environment.

He managed a top performing division throughout GAC Group in 2005, achieving excellent results – above and beyond the industry norm. Productivity was high: an average of 60-in/out going vessels per month were handled with a staff of 55.  He also developed Dry Cargo’s annual net profits more than tenfold over a ten-year period making him a leading well known figure in the UAE and global shipping and logistics community, winning a number of awards as well as being recognized by various international organizations as well as trade publications.

Client retention 100%; staff numbers reduced. Brought about many changes and developments, e.g.: Widened services offered and reduced dependency on market trends by opening up new trade routes. Provided planning benchmark for the Group by initiating Unit strategic business plan. Reduced staff turnover by setting up and administering comprehensive HR policies and training policies.

Secured increased business in all targeted areas – e.g. with companies such as Chevron, Petronas, NITC, IRSIL, Rickmers, Sal, Thorensen, Western Bulk and Alltrans, Ritchie Brothers, WWA CAT Finnings and NYK – by initiating strategic planning implementing and managing his ‘Vision X Global Reach program me’.

CSS Group recruited Ken due to his Key Strengths and reputation; He is professional, driven by results, self-motivated and able to work independently. Proactive, creative problem solver, quick and decisive, he is also known as an articulate and persuasive delegator who coaches and will no doubt inspire the entire CSS Group team.

CSS Group is attracting top professionals with a proven track record within the global freight forward and logistics fraternity, which is adding additional value to the already well, established and recognized CSS Group.

CSS Group wishes Ken Dinnadge-VP Business Development long-term success in his current endeavors.


CSS – Leading By Example


“Going Green” has evolved as “The Talk of the town” in corporate circles since a couple of years. “Preserving the Nature”, “Protecting Future” are some of the metaphors we come across on a daily basis. But a million dollar question still hangs on: Who is going to do it? We at Consolidated Shipping Group have joined hands with a green fraternity with a notion that the real future is not tomorrow. It is now, which motivates us to take our small steps with a confidence that it can make a big difference in the near future.  In this regard CSS Group is planning to implement certain environmentally friendly practices across the organization and also participating in global events like World Environmental Day, Earth Hour as well as regional activities.

Companies have tremendous strengths; they have extremely capable people, technology, access to money and the ability of geographical reach thus corporates are important stakeholders in society. Since its inception, CSS has been actively participating in CSR activities as part of the corporate ethics program and in 2011, we as a responsible group of corporates came up with an initiative of a Clothing Drive which is planned for the month of March 2011 for all the CSS offices in the UAE.

According to our Chairman, T.S. Kaladharan “Ethics is the new competitive environment and we were and will always look forward to the Triple Bottom Line of Business– People, Planet and Profit.”


Sailing Starts


Perfect Start Info the New Year For CSS And Peters & May

With the alliance with Peters & May, CSS had created a new business opportunity in the Yacht and Marine Logistics sector which has been highly beneficial. In the beginning of this year the CSS Group was assigned the responsibility of full door to door service of a Luxury Tecnomar Nadara 24 Yacht from Genoa, Italy to Jebel Ali. The yacht weighing almost 70 Tonnes and 25 meters in length was imported by the local Tecnomar dealer. CSS was appointed to coordinate the delivery from the factory up to Genoa, export clearance, supervision of the loading and providing a cradle for the yacht and ship it to Jebel Ali. A team of three loadmasters was appointed by Peters & May/ CSS and worked hard under the supervision of Rouben Brosen, General Manger of Yacht & Marine Logistics who made sure that the boat was delivered to the customer’s hands in a perfect condition. Apart from that Peters & May and CSS were involved in the export of several tender boats and containers for BMW Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand on their appearance in 2010 AC Louis Vuitton Cup held in Dubai. During the month of January, Peters & May and CSS have handled the shipment and clearance of more than 12 yachts and boats are looking forward to an exponential increase in the volume of business due to the upcoming boat shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The new Moody 45 Sailing Yacht that arrived straight out of the Hanse Factory in Germany, was shipped, cleared and delivered as an all in one package for the local customer, thanks to the combined effort of Peters & May Germany and Peters & May Middle East/CSS Group.

For further information in reference to shipping your boat or spare parts please contact:
petersandmay@cssdubai.com.


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