CSS Logistics

September, 2014

Expanding with New Facilities


With the freight and logistics sector on an upward rise, given the recent growth the UAE is experiencing, CSS Group is pleased to announce that it is in the preliminary stages of developing a new state of the art office and warehouse facility adjacent to its flagship Container Freight Station in the Jebel Ali Freezone. The new office building will be having a sprawling size of over 15,000 sq. ft. with warehousing facilities of over 30,000 sq. ft. The planned expansion is an evidence of how CSS Group has embraced opportunities of growth by strategically ensuring that their infrastructure is aligned with the constantly evolving economy of the UAE.

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September, 2014

CSS Attends Dubai Trade Conference


“TRADESHIELD- DUBAI TRADE’S SINGLE WINDOW FOR CARGO INSURANCE SERVICES”

Dubai Trade, the premier cross-border trade facilitator, and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), one of the region’s leading providers of insurance solutions for individuals and corporates, recently organized a forum to announce the official launch of Tradeshield for online cargo insurance.

Being a NAFL Member, CSS Group was invited to attend the event titled, “The Importance of Cargo Insurance in Trade and Logistics.” The half-day forum held at the Dubai Marina Hotel and saw industry professionals come together to discuss the key issues and developments in the cargo insurance sector, including recent advances in e-commerce in the region.

Industry expert, David Phillips the President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, was also a key host and speaker at the forum. David Phillips, President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, while delivering the forum’s principle presentation, said: “Protecting the business interest during cargo movements is crucial to ensure a successful trade deal for traders and their customers or suppliers. The industry has witnessed a substantial growth in demand on Cargo Insurance services throughout the years. We appreciate Dubai Trade’s initiative in launching the Tradeshield service, which will help many companies in our industry to be more secured and save much of their precious time.”

As one of the leading freight forwarders in the region, CSS Group participated in the conference as part of it’s commitment to keep abreast recent trends in the freight forwarding sector. The new initiative has been embraced by CSS as it helps to further instill consumer confidence in the freight forwarding sector in the region, thus encouraging growth in this key sector.


September, 2014

CSS Group Featured on BBC World News


With all eyes on a possible lifting of sanctions on a resource rich Iran, BBC World News had a special feature on highlighting the opportunities that would be available especially for the freight forwarding and logistics sector in the region. Titled, “Iran attracts investors hoping for trade sanction relaxation,” the BBC World News filmed part of its segment at the CSS Group’s Container Freight Station based in Jebel Ali Freezone. Iran’s nuclear talks have been extended until November, but whilst the negotiations continue, many companies have been re-building business relations with their Iranian counterparts driven by the enormous potential the lifting of the trade restrictions would bring. CSS would like to extend a special thanks to Mark Lobel and Ola Naguib from the BBC for giving them the opportunity to be a part of the ground-breaking series.


September, 2014

CSS Abu Dhabi Provides a Single Window on Pharma Transport Solutions


Pharmaceutical companies around the world rely on us for customized, swift and safe delivery of their high-priority shipments. Due to the delicate nature of the cargo, pharmaceutical companies often look for a single window of operation to handle their requirement from end to end, thus ensuring single accountability and attention to detail from its logistics providers. We ensure the integrity and quality of sensitive, high-value pharmaceutical goods, offer distribution and controlled supply chain management programs.

Individualized Services offered by CSS Abu Dhabi:

  • Consultation with customers to review global transport requirements for their materials, as well as import and export requirements for customs clearance
  • Sourcing and provision of packaging supplies such as insulated shippers, UN certified shippers for all ambient refrigerated and frozen shipments, gel-packs, dry ice and temperature controlled shipping containers and temperature monitors
  • Pre-customs clearance in selected cities.
  • Transfer of Medicine to the cold room upon arrival in Abu Dhabi Airport.
  • Quick delivery order process at Abu Dhabi Airport.
  • All Transport Temperature Controlled – Chilled (+2°C to +8°C) and ambient (+15°C to +25°C) pharmaceuticals.
  • We handle time bound medical equipments.
  • Our own temperature controlled warehouse in Abu Dhabi


“My aim is to reach out into the niche market audience with our new product “Pharma Logistics”, having identified this as a unique sector which has a potential growth opportunity for its business since the healthcare industry is experiencing  a boost in the UAE over the past few years. By having the first mover advantage in this untapped sector, has meant that CSS Abu Dhabi has closely monitored and researched all aspects of Pharma logistics and, given their global expertise in the field of logistics, will be an invaluable asset to the pharmaceutical industry in this field.  With a keen focus on hospitals, medical supplies providers, medical equipment trading and pharmaceutical companies, CSS Pharma Logistics has set the stage to grow exponentially within this existing sector, which will further diverse its vast service portfolio and help to secure the future growth,” said Midhun George who is in charge of  Pharma Logistics.


May, 2014

DP World Hosts Conference to Facilitate Trade Along Kazakhstan’s ‘New Silk Way’


CONFERENCE EXPLORES NEW LOGISTICS OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE BETWEEN ASIA AND EUROPE

Global marine terminal operator DP World has recently hosted a conference at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate – Dubai, aimed at fostering partnerships to facilitate increased trade between Asia and Europe along the “New Silk Way” through Kazakhstan.

The conference was supported by H.E. Askar Mamin, President of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), Kazakhstan’s national railway company, and attendees included KTZ Vice President Kanat Alpysbayev, senior Dubai trade officials and representatives from multinational corporations from the automotive and IT industry, with conference sessions attended by customs, logistics, trade and infrastructure experts. In attendance from CSS Group was Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager.

The purpose of the conference was to discuss best-practice solutions for increasing trade flows along the “New Silk Way’ – the overland rail transport route that links China, Russia’s Far East and Europe via Kazakhstan. Its aim was to share the developments and new opportunities emerging on Silk routes including the establishment of the Kazakh Chinese gateway Khorgos, which is an influential trading hub for distribution between China and Europe.

DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf welcomed attendees to the conference saying: “With the shift of manufacturing to central and western Chinese cities, far from the traditional sea ports that have taken Chinese made goods around the world, the New Silk Way across Kazakhstan has enormous potential to link China and the west mainly by land, and particularly by rail.” In November 2013, DP World and KTZ signed an agreement that will see DP World provide management advisory services for the development of the Khorgos Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Inland Container Depot (ICD). DP World will also provide similar services under a separate contract at the Port of Aktau, Kazakhstan’s main cargo and bulk terminal on the Caspian Sea.

“On behalf of the CSS Group, we are pleased to thank DP World for organizing such an informative conference; whereby we were able to gain insights into the strategic development plans of DP World, KTZ and the New Silk Way,” added Ken Dinnadge.

Speakers in the conference included senior management from DP World, Kazakhstan Railway & logistic company, Kazakhstan Customs, Russian UTLC, Chinese Lianyungang Port Group, Hewlett Packard and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. They shared their vision and the details of significant investments being made in the development of silk route and Khorgos SEZ.


November, 2013

CSS Attends Ritchie Bros. Auction


The Heavy Equipment Logistics division of CSS attended the two-day Ritchie Bros. auction on October 1st & 2nd, 2013 in Jebel Ali, UAE. The team was able to network with the buyers and sellers at the auction while promoting its first class logistical solutions to the end user. The next RBA auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is scheduled for December 17 & 18, 2013. CSS Group had a designated booth along with a meeting area whereby it was able to showcase its corporate materials. It even had a raffle for all visitors who attended. Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development,  Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, and Thushara Nishaman, Business Development Manager, represented CSS Group at the 2 day auction.

Ken Dinnadge added, “Being present at the auction was vital for CSS Group as we were able to network with potential and existing clients, while providing on the spot assistance for shipping various types of equipment, including construction machinery, transporting drill rigs, relocating a drag line, repositioning military equipment, exporting generators or simply moving large sized equipment. We are pleased to be associated with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the entire team on yet another successful auction held in the United Arab Emirates.”

Established in 1963 in Canada, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers operates at more than 40 auction sites throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.  The company sells, through unreserved auctions, a broad range of used and unused equipment including equipment utilized in the construction, transportation, mining, forestry, petroleum, marine and agricultural industries. Ritchie Bros. is a public company; its common shares trade on both the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol RBA.

“Providing innovative business solutions that enable the world’s businesses to exchange equipment with ease and confidence has been our company’s mission since our inception,” said Steve Barritt, Regional Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. “Our attention to detail and our constant endeavor to provide value added services to our customers has been the cornerstone of our success. All of our innovative services that have been launched are evidence of how we’ve run our business for over 50 years, which is keeping our customers’ needs in mind.”

Ritchie Bros. auctions are known for the ramp method, where customers are able to sit in a covered auction theatre while the mobile equipment is sold as it is driven over the ramp. Once the bidding has started, the sale price increases until there are no new bids. The auctioneer announces the item as SOLD. Then, the successful buyer holds up his number to identify himself, and the process begins all over again. Bidders can inspect the trucks and equipment at all auction facilities prior to the sale.

Strategically positioned and headquartered in Dubai UAE, CSS Group has become a name to reckon within its own field of knowledge and has created its own trademark and brand name when it comes to providing a complete customized new and used construction equipment shipping and logistics support services to manufacturers, distributors, auction houses and their associated clients when dealing with all types of new and used heavy construction equipment.  CSS’s ability to supply this demanding sector with innovative logistical solutions for new and used equipment is recognized throughout the world and they are considered as the prime option for most of the leading manufacturers.

Watch out for the next auction in Jebel Ali, UAE on December 17th and 18th, 2013.

Log onto www.cssgroupsite.com & www.rbauction.com  for more details.

For enquires email: ship-heavy-equipment@cssdubai.com


July, 2013

CSS Yacht & Marine Logistics Adds Specialized Captain Service


CSS Yacht & Marine Logistics now offers clients a specialized captain service that can be used for various services including, taking your boat to the shipyard for maintenance, delivered north or south for the season, or even a cruise out for guests. The CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division guarantees a hassle free experience as they have recently partnered with Captain Philip, a highly experienced Captain well versed with Middle Eastern waters.

“CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics are always on the lookout to find new and exciting ways to service our clients better. The captain service is a niche service providing our customers with specialized needs, a solution to their maintenance/service and travel issues. The captaincy service has been designed keeping in mind everyday problems that yacht owners face, and we look forward to its success in this market,” said Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS Group.

In addition, the captaincy offering from CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics will also create specialized preventive maintenance programs for all vessel systems ensuring the safe health and longevity of your vessels maintenance. The training will include engine oil & fuel filters, generator maintenance, fresh water & black water systems, steering, throttle and shifting systems, air conditioning systems, electrical and electronic systems.

“While owning a yacht allows for many nights on the sea, it also involves a lot of knowledge, care and consistent maintenance of the yacht. Having been in the industry for many years I have seen a large number of yachts in disrepair due to lack of constant maintenance and knowledge about the vessel. By partnering with CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division, we are able to provide their customers not only with a logistics solution but also a service that enables their customers to maintain and enjoy their yacht with a variety of additional services that we are able to offer,” added Captain Philip.

SERVICES OFFERED:

Vessel Operations Training:
A hands on total systems learning experience for the new owner. Increasing your level of expertise, we’ll suggest spare parts and supplies to have aboard and offer practical knowledge to make basic underway repairs.

Captain On Demand Services:
Customers may select their preferred boating day and CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics will take care of the rest including furling and provisional, providing a hassle free day for all the guests aboard.

Professional Maintenance and Repair:
Mechanical Services – Oil Changes, Impeller Replacement, Engine Flushes to clean all engine coolers with Rydlyme. Battery testing and Replacement, Bilge Pump Replacement, Vacuum Flush Toilet System repairs, A/C Repairs, Light Duty Mechanical.

Route Analysis / Planning / Trip Coordination:
CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics Captain services will also assist customers in delivery of the yacht to its destination safely, or for assistance in route planning and trip coordination.

Captain’s Inspections:
Intermittent inspection and operation of all marine and mechanical systems. Run motors, run generators, test batteries, check oil, check transmission fluids, clean air conditioning strainers. Captain Philip will be available to inspect your boat on a schedule tailored to fit both you and your vessel’s needs.


July, 2013

Innovative CSS Divetech Underwater Services


As part of its continued commitment to address the needs of the industry, CSS Group is proud to announce the introduction of CSS Divetech Underwater Services under its portfolio of service offerings by the CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division.

“CSS Divetech Underwater Services provides customers and clients a one stop solution to all their maintenance needs. As part of the CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics offering, CSS Divetech enables us to become a one-stop-solution for all your Yacht and Marine needs. From captaincy services, logistic services and now underwater services, CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division have become a name to be reckoned with,” added Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS Group.

The CSS Divetech ship maintenance division have developed their expertise to carry out UWILD, general photos, video surveys, anode retrofit, marine growth removal and propeller polishing, epoxy repairs, patch up and blanking and UT gauging.

In addition it also has extensive experience in block placing, break water maintenance, port repair and maintenance, jetty maintenance, quay wall inspection and maintenance, sea bed survey, pile removal, debris clearance, underwater welding and cutting etc.


July, 2013

THLG-Antwerp, Belgium


CSS GROUP ATTENDS THE HEAVY GROUP 52ND CONFERENCE

The 52nd edition of the THLG Conference took place from May 12th-16th in Antwerp in conjunction with the Breakbulk Antwerp exhibition. The representation from CSS Group that attended the annual conference was Sreenath.V, Sr. General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Operations.

“The conference is a great meeting place to network and meet other industry partners like CSS who strive to deliver the best service using their combined know how and expertise regarding this sector. Project logistics is an exciting and growing sector and the conference enabled us to meet new members and learn more about the exciting opportunities they offer that translate into a better service offering for our clients,” commented Sreenath.V, Sr. General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Operations about the conference.

With the united know how, skills, experience and equipment of its membership THLG can cover any movement or transport requirement from a single domestic job to the largest international multi-modal project.  The aim of THLG is to offer clients the united power of its members ensuring a world-wide service of excellent quality at realistic prices

About THLG:

The Heavy Lift Group is an international group of specialized heavy transport companies which combine their forces to offer the best expertise and service according to customer needs.

Members specialize in heavy lift transport by sea, air and overland, outsize cargo movements, crane operations, rigging, machinery installation, and large-scale project forwarding.

The Heavy Lift Group was founded in 1987 by a number of West European heavy lift operators in anticipation of the single European market and has since then expanded into a worldwide group having members in the United States, South America, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia.


July, 2013

Digging Deep With Largest Dredging Programme At Jebel Ali In 10 Years


DEEPER DRAUGHT ALLOWS THE PORT TO HANDLE LARGER NUMBER OF BIG VESSELS AT THE SAME TIME

DP World recently announced that it has successfully completed the largest dredging programme at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in 10 years, allowing the port to handle more big vessels at the same time by deepening the draught.

The dredging added to the expansion work currently underway, adding 1 million TEU of new capacity to Container Terminal 2 later this year and another 4 million TEU capacity Container Terminal 3 by 2014, once completed, will enable Jebel Ali Port to handle up to 10 of the next generation 18,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) mega vessels at the same time – the only port in the region able to do so.

In total, 477,000 cubic metres of soil have been dredged from 2900 metres of quay wall at the roll-on roll-off (roro) vehicle carrier terminal, the tanker terminal and three container berths. The dredging deepened the draught of the roro and tanker berths from -10.5 to -11.5 metres while container berths 14, 16 and 17 were extended from -14 to -16 metres.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said:

“As the trade gateway for the United Arab Emirates, Middle East and the wider region, the capabilities of Jebel Ali are always reviewed to make sure they are in line with customers’ needs.  As more of our customers add larger vessels to their fleets, we have responded by deepening the berths to increase our efficiency as a key link in one of the busiest supply chains in the world.”

Yasser Zaghloul, Chief Executive Officer, National Marine Dredging Company, Abu Dhabi, said:

“We are delighted to work in partnership with DP World on this significant project which boosts the port infrastructure and facilities and enhances trade flow into Dubai, the Middle East and the wider region.”

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said:

“In response to customer demand, this project will enable Jebel Ali to meet their needs to handle more of the larger ships, providing the efficient and cost effective services they have come to rely on. Today, Jebel Ali Port is handling each week an average of three ultra-large container ships (ULCS) with a capacity of 14,000 TEU and above and we believe that number will increase steadily in the coming years.”

DP World worked with regulators in Dubai to comply with the relevant environmental legislation for the dredging project. Compliance measures included a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried out before the dredging works began.

The EIA assessed existing water quality, harbour sediments, air quality, terrestrial and marine ecology, noise levels, and hydrodynamic modeling. From these investigations, it was determined that the impact on the environment was short term and minor in nature including localised reduction of water quality within the harbour.  Among the positive benefits noted by the authorities were that sediments from the harbour floor identified for removal could be re-used in the ongoing reclamation of Jebel Ali Island to the North of Container Terminal 2 providing that the engineering quality of the soil was up to standard.

Jebel Ali Port’s Container Terminals are equipped with 22 berths and 78 cranes to cater to the world’s largest container vessels. With its 17 metre draught it can accommodate ships of any size. In January, DP World celebrated the maiden visit of the world’s largest containership, the 16,020 TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo, owned by the CMA CGM Group.

Earlier this year, DP World achieved a milestone in its history when its Dubai ports handled the 100 millionth container in ten years. Both Mina Rashid and Jebel Ali Port have handled 135 million TEU since the opening of Jebel Ali Port in 1979, around 75% of it (100 million TEU) was achieved between January 2003 and January 2013.


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