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Lighthouse - January, 2015.

Chairman’s Message


The start of a New Year always provides an opportune time to look back on the events of the previous twelve months and look forward with anticipation to the Year ahead. I appreciate the support and encouragement we have received from our partners, customers and colleagues. I am confident that our relations have today emboldened as friendships and this has in turn invigorated us to make greater strides. Recognising this friendship, it gives me great pleasure in wishing everyone a great year ahead.

2015 is going to be a significant milestone for CSS as we will be celebrating our 20 years of trust and dedicated service in the field of shipping and logistics. Words alone will not be enough for me to express my pleasure and exhilaration. Equally words alone will not be enough for me to express my gratitude to our staff. At CSS, we have always believed that the most important asset is the human asset. The first and foremost ingredient of a successful business is trust from your employees towards the company and similarly our trust in them because without this no organization will ever become triumphant. Within CSS we have been blessed with a true meaningful corporate family spirit.Without any hesitation I wholeheartedly applaud this.

At this significant time, where we enter a new era and a new year, I wish to remind you that every notable achievement in history is a result of careful planning, sometimes by thinking ‘out of the box’, and then applying ourselves with commitment and dedication. With these thoughts uppermost in my mind and as we enter our 20th year, I wish everyone good health and good fortune in New Year 2015. Together the future is ours to grasp.


Efxaristo Kypros


CSS SALES STRATEGY MEET 2015- CYPRUS

The sales strategy meet of CSS Group was held at the picturesque Coral Beach Resort in Paphos, Cyprus. The Three day meet was attended by all sales heads from the Middle East & the Indian Sub-continent. The senior management for the group company along with the Chairman T S Kaladharan attended the meeting. Invited guests & network partners from around the globe attended the final day meeting with their presentations.

The sales strategy meet is organized as a part of enhancing the sales programme, every year. The middle & top management of the group company assemble at any of the renowned destinations of the globe and discuss about the past sales and design new sales programme. Each office and department will have separate presentations and suggestions regarding the sales enhancement. All suggestions will be finally reviewed by the Top management who approves a consolidated sales programme which will be incorporated into the sale process.

This year’s strategy meet was seen as a prelude to the preparations of the forthcoming 20th anniversary of CSS Group. Members for all committees required for the arrangements were selected at the Cyprus meet.Needless to say, that the sales strategy meet programme is one of the most important driving forces that play as a fillip to most of the strategies that CSS adopted in the last two decades of their operation out of Middle East & Indian Sub-continent.

Cyprus proved to be a perfect business and leisure destination for the CSS Group. The entire team brain stormed during the meeting hours and celebrated the evenings with music and entertainments. Thanks to the warm hospitality of the Cypriot culture, the stay at Coral Beach was rejuvenating and refreshing for the entire team. The friendly staff cooperated to all the demands and attended to the minutest requirements of the team.


Birthday Boys


On the concluding day of the strategy meet, the entire team celebrated the birthday of Kala and Ahmed Fuad. The birthday celebrations were held amidst music band and Cypriote cultural programmes. The night was meant to enjoy and the group sang and dance with the performers. Gifts too were handed over to those who celebrated the birthday and to a few others who entertained the group. Richard’s birthday too was celebrated the previous day inside the restaurant in the resort. The entire group wished him good fortune as well by singing birthday songs.


The Meticulous Way of Handling Lashing & Crating at CSS


The lashing & crating division of CSS Group, has successfully completed the lashing job of 3 coated steel pipes on a 40 feet flat rack recently. The specialty of the job was that the coating was of high sensitive material and upon the request of the client it was ensured that the apt lashing options and materials were used to ensure safe passage of the cargo. The cargo being out of gauge, the team had to secure and lash the cargo at Hamriya Free Zone and issue lashing certificate for the same as well. The job was meticulously planned and executed in matter of hours.

The crating job which was completed at Dubai Investment Park (DIP) was for air freight shipment. The commodity was Structural Steel items; CSS Homeward Bound was involved in bundling the cargo and then pack them in air worthy crates which was prepared by the team in-house. The pieces of crates were prepared at CSS warehouse and assembled the job at site. “Lashing & Crating jobs usually demands lot of skill and patience. It takes long time to create a team like CSS Lashing & Crating, and give maximum satisfaction to the client,” said Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager in Charge of Lashing & Crating division.

CSS Group is one among the leading companies providing industrial crating & lashing logistics solutions. Industrial Packing Department at CSS has been providing complete packing services within the United Arab Emirates. Along with industrial packaging solutions for general cargo, they specialize in crating fragile items (glass, mechanical items etc.), sensitive cargo (laboratory equipment, calibration equipments etc.) and heavy cargo (generators, turbines etc.).- to serve your complex shipping requirements they design and build crates specifically for your item, any type of crates of any size and shapes to meet your discriminating need, because each project is unique. With CSS, you can be assured that your crating, packing & lashing needs are being handled in the most efficient and professional manner.

CSS OFFER SERVICES IN:

  • Wooden crating / packing of Industrial project cargo
  • All types of lashing & securing
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Heat wrapping
  • Vacuum packing
  • Provide lifting solutions
  • Land transportation of packed cargo.
  • Loading securing / cargo lashing (On special equipment like flat rack and open top containers as well as onboard vessels)
  • Heat treatment / fumigation with ISPM 15 stamp and certification
  • Arrangement of third party surveyors for supervision of operations and certifications as well.
  • Project reports upon completion of jobs.
  • Cargo stuffing and de-stuffing into containers / vessels at any location using our mobile unit
  • HSE policy in place.
  • Use of only the best quality materials available in the market, with certificates (germanischer lloyds) to prove the quality

CSS AT FPS Meet


PORTO HOSTS 16TH FPS ANNUAL MEETING

CSS Delegation attended the 16th Annual Meeting of FPS Group – the global forwarding and NVOCC network –which hosted 87 delegates from 40 countries. The intensive 4-day programme – under the theme “New Era – New Spirit” – took place in Porto, Portugal, and was hosted by local FPS member, G-Freight. In addition to the formal AGM and shareholder business, followed by updates on IT, network development and marketing, this year’s event also included 828 one-to-one meetings between members, spread over two days.

Three new members – Link Logistics of Turkey, FP Shipping of Singapore and Facilities Shipping of Pakistan – were introduced to delegates.

Speaking after the event, FPS Group Advisory Board Chairman Benny Ling said: “Despite the unfortunate clash with India’s Diwali celebrations, we had a strong turn-out, and many new business opportunities arose from the meetings between members.”

“FPS remains committed to strengthening its network for the benefit of all its members, rather than for the owners’ financial gain. The Annual Meeting has re-charged everyone’s enthusiasm, and we go forward with a number of plans for the coming year that will see our system grow larger and stronger.”

The 17th FPS Annual Meeting will take place in October 2015, in the major port city of Xiamen, Eastern China, hosted by FPS Xiamen.

CSS Group was represented by Siby C Kurian- Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing CSS Group, Rajesh Arora- VP CSS India, Narayan R T- General Manager CSS Bahrain, Dean Landers- General Manager CSS Kuwait, Asghar Malik- Country Manager CSS Pakistan & Midhun George, Sales Manager CSS Abu Dhabi.


Shake Hands for a Better Tomorrow


CSS INDIA ASSOCIATES WITH CHINA SEA MARINE, FRANCE

CSS India joins hands with China Sea Marine, France for their North India operations, specifically for the Delhi & Mumbai markets. While visiting CSS Mumbai, Elizabeth Chiron, Business Development Manager of China Sea Marine (France) S A, mentioned the association as a land mark tie up which will benefit both parties on a long term basis. She also mentioned that working alongside professional teams like CSS ensure better service standards to their clients worldwide.

The cooperation between the two companies will be for the CSS Stations in Mumbai & Delhi; however Cargo from New Delhi will be routed via Nhava Sheva service. The agreement will help CSS India to establish a direct service to and from between Nhava Sheva and Le Havre. “The association of CSS India with China Sea Marine, France will ensure top quality reliable service in this sector. We are delighted to have China Sea Marine, France as our partners as CSS always believe in nurturing trustworthy relationships” commented Jairam K R, Director of CSS India.

Founded in 1997, China Sea Group’s France Branch is located in Le Havre, the most important modern major port in France, which is another successful layout of China Sea Group on the way to expand overseas service. As the first Chinese-invested international logistics enterprise with entire European management mode applied, the purpose of setting up France Branch is to offer complete and professional logistics service covering all links from the place of shipping cargos to the one of receiving cargos. As of now, it has gained great reputation and public praise in the local market, to become a leader in the export and import service of professional LCL in France.

As a crucial overseas base of China Sea Group, France Branch not only plays a leading role in expanding its service of dual-direction LCL between the Far East, Indian Sub continent, Pacific, Middle East and France.

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd, a leading NVOCC in the region where it operates, was established in the year 2004 from Tirupur, Tuticorin and Coimbatore, further expanded its horizons in the year 2007. In an ever increasing Industry stuffed with new demands, Console Shipping Services India has proved to attain an unmatched prowess, in delivering the needful to the clients around the globe.

In 2007, Console shipping services, expanded its presence by its strategic positioning in Mumbai, Delhi & Chennai, thereby covering the major cities and ports of India. The highly skilled and motivated workforce of Console shipping services India is keen in keeping up the brand value. With its proven expertise in NVOCC, 3PL, Air freight & Project cargo management, CSS India in a very short span became the most preferred partner for professional cargo handling. This new association with China Sea Marine, France can be seen as a new window of opportunities for CSS in affirming its already established brand value.


CSS Projects, Oil & Energy Undertakes Transport of Hatch Cover


The team at CSS Projects, Oil & Energy, recently undertook a hatch cover movement from Jebel Ali port to the dry docks Dubai. The weight of the cargo was 24 tons with dimensions 13.25 x 8.20 x 1.10 m. The width of the cargo in this case was the main criterion to be looked into. The entire operation had to be scheduled meticulously as it had to connect a vessel coming in for repairs at the Dubai dry docks. The team received the unit from vessel directly and had to move the unit on wide body low bed trailer with special permissions  and during specific timings provided by RTA (1 AM – 3 AM) with police escorts. The efficiency of the Dubai police system was once again displayed when they tactically handled the traffic critical control points for the safe passage of this unit throughout the movement ensuring least difficulty to the other road users. “High professionalism has to be displayed in handling critical jobs in Projects. The proven expertise and commitment could be the major factors why people rely on CSS Projects team when it comes to complicated assignments”, commented Raj George Sr. VP, Projects Oil & Energy, when he was asked about this particular move by Lighthouse.


CSS Group to Celebrate 20th Anniversary


Consolidated Shipping Group will be celebrating 20th anniversary of operations in the field of Shipping and logistics during the month of March 2015. The entire team at CSS is excited at this land mark occasion, as they see this as a great success in their company’s career. The senior management announced the function last month and preparations are underway to make the event memorable.

A company started 20 years back as a small firm to cater to the logistics requirements in the Middle East has grown to become one of the most sought after names in the field of freight forwarding and logistics today. With diversified operations within the shipping and logistics industry, CSS caters to a cross section of business community around the globe. From NVOCC to Projects and from Relocations to Heavy Equipment logistics, the company with the professional and skilled team designated for each department, touches every segment of Shipping and logistics.

CSS group offices in the Middle East and the Sub-continent join hands to make the 20th anniversary celebrations memorable. The senior management and the Chairman T S Kaladharan extends all their gratitude to the Government of UAE, their loyal customers, valued partners and most importantly their trusted employees for the unconditional support showered on them for the last two decades.


New Corporate Video in The Making


CSS CORPORATE VIDEO-SHOOT IN DUBAI

CSS Group offices witnessed the new corporate video in the making for CSS Group. The programme was in relation to their forthcoming 20th anniversary celebrations going to be held in Dubai during the month of March. Lemon studios, Kochi, Kerala were engaged with the assignment of the corporate video production. Renowned technicians from the corporate world were engaged with the video shoot and production programme. The first schedule of the shooting was completed at the CSS Group offices in Jebel Ali, Cargo Village, DAFZA, Creek customs office and the Head office in Oud Metha buildings during the month of December. The video is planned to be released during the 20th anniversary functions. The forthcoming movie will unveil CSS Group activities and their facilities to a large extend to their clients. The Corporate video will be circulated then for the marketing & sales purposes.


Delhi Needs A Major Facelift to Handle More Cargo


FREIGHT FORWARDING FRATERNITY EXPECTS THE GOVERNMENT TO RIGHTLY INTERVENE

Delhi, India’s political Capital is also one of the largest business hubs of India after Mumbai, Business Capital of India. Delhi handles almost 27-32% of EXIM trade but as this is dry port the operational constrain is one of the biggest setbacks for Delhi EXIM trade. In recent days EXIM trade is facing tremendous problems due to majorly two reasons. One of them is rail connectivity with ocean ports. The seaports in India which caters most of the cargo for Delhi EXIM is either Pipava, Mundra or Mumbai ( NSICT/JNPT & GTIL), but the movement of containerized cargo to & from these ports are severely damaged due to mainly two reasons. One being 15-17% increase of import volume to India and drop in export cargo and the second being the lack of proper infrastructure and trains of CONCOR ( Container Corporation of India) and CWC ( Central Warehousing Corporation).

Now the situation has become so worse that any containerized cargo has a minimum stoppage time of 25-30 days in all of the above sea ports. Also due to new regulation imposed by Delhi Police effective 1st August no road movement of container cargo can be done within Delhi adds up the problem. Apart from the movement circulation another biggest setback is the lack of infrastructure for handling containers at ICD TKD & ICD PPG ( Two major ports of Delhi NCR region).

There is no major infrastructure development from last almost 10 years in these two major ports of Delhi Region. The present infrastructure of these two ports can only handle 2000 & 1000 teus respectively but now due to expansion in Delhi EXIM trade these two ports are forced to handle more than five times of their stipulated capacity. As a result of the same the stuffing and de-stuffing of containerized cargo takes unlimited days to complete which further worsen the situation day by day. Now the situation goes to the extreme standstill level that warehouses and yards are overloaded & no space for cargo handling.

All are forced to commence work in abnormal ways just to keep the movement flowing.

In these adverse conditions the only hope for the Freight forwarding fraternity is that concerned authorities should intervene to solve the problems and create hassle free channels to make containerized cargo move more smoothly.


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