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Lighthouse - May, 2009.

Chairman’s message may/june 2009

Did you know that researchers have proved that a flock of 25 migratory birds flying in a “V” formation can fly as much as 70% further than a solo bird using the same amount of energy?

Did you also know that a team of cyclists similarly have a collective advantage riding together? These interesting facts demonstrate that “team work” achieves greater success.
Corporate life equally benefits from emulating the “team work” maxim especially in the field of Project Management. The combination of our project management initiatives, where unique objectives are coordinated within agreed time, cost and performance parameters, has resulted in an amazing growth within the shipping and logistics sectors. It continues to be important that we recognise the influence of developing technologies as having a catalytic role. In today’s world, having a strong Projects Team is a priority for any shipping and logistics company. Whilst there is no magic formula to ensure that projects are successful, I believe that human resources, materials, assets and time are of critical importance. The right proportion, the correct use and a targeted objective which combines them together at an appropriate time engenders a successful project. CSS, being one of the leading companies in the Projects, Oil & Energy sectors in Middle East, is gifted with a blend of professionals who advance our project enterprises successfully.

The Projects division started on a small scale and then moved on to become one of the major divisions of the company engaging in major projects that involved moving and erecting heavy machinery, construction equipment, oil and energy machinery, gas turbines, and huge yachts etc. Now known as The Projects, Oil & Energy Division they have developed into specialists additionally committed to the project management of Oil and Energy equipment. As a successful team within CSS they have undertaken prestigious projects in the Middle East and Sub-Continent. Whilst these are achievements, I am enthused by the example of the birds and the cyclists – flying further, moving onwards and achieving faster – this is how project management will beneficially direct and influence CSS.

CSS India started functioning from Pune

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd. has started operations from its new office in Pune. This is CSS India’s 11th office. Pune is one of the premier industrial centers of India. It is home to one of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturers. Apart from the auto giants, a large number of engineering, electronic and electrical industries have set up base in the large, medium and small scale sectors of this city. The industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad, adjacent to the main city, is dotted with over 4,000 manufacturing units. This vast and well established industrial base has imbibed the city with a ‘professional’ ethos and work culture. Atlas Copco, Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Allianz, Bajaj Tempo, Cummins India, Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals, Kirloskar Oil Engines, Kinetic Engineering, Mercedes Benz India, SKF Bearings, Sandvik Asia, Tetrapak India, Thermax, Zensar and various other corporate giants are having its headquarters in Pune. The presence with an own office and dedicated manpower here will definitely be advantageous for CSS India in many ways. We wish all success for the CSS India team at Pune.

14th Anniversary celebrations

CSS Group celebrated its 14th anniversary staff party at Margham dessert camp in Dubai on Friday 27th February, 2009.

The annual party began at 4 pm with an entourage of Land cruisers arriving at the venue.
The evening commenced with musical octaves from Stephen and Anand.
Stephen Devassy, leading pianist and key board player, is a much sought after name in the Indian music industry with experience spanning over a decade. Anand Narayan, a stage performer and an upcoming play back singer from Kerala, India has stunned audiences with his soulful songs. Over 350 employees, their families and guests had the experience of a mesmerizing performance given by Stephen Devassy and Anand Narayan. Kids were entertained with various activities like face painting, balloon making, and bouncy castle throughout the party.

As the venue lit up towards the evening, the party took turn with mimicry by Viji Kumar& team, solo performances from Valencia, Earnest and Group performance from Aparna& team dancing away to the tunes of catchy bollywood songs. The formal part of the party started with T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group extending his a welcome address expressing his gratitude towards the staff for their hard work and dedication.

This year ‘Employee of the Year’ award was shared between Githesh Krishnan-Accounts Clerk, Dubai and Rahul Radhakrishnan -Operations executive, Abu Dhabi branch for outstanding performance in their respective fields. This was followed by the Chairman recognizing and felicitating employees who have completed 10 years of service. The honorees were Ahmed Al Rais-Sr. VP Air Freight, Angeli Sudheer-Sales Manager, Suku Sudhakaran -Transport Manager, Raufa Sheikh -Pricing Manager, Baiju Sadanand -Asst. Manager, Sharon Cunningham-Sr.Coordinator, Sree Valsan- Transport Coordinator and Angela Fernandes- Front office Assistant.

Finally the raffle draw took place. This year’s raffle draw saw very attractive gifts which were sponsored by ever supporting business associates within the industry. The highlight of the evening was auctioning of the raffle draw prize ticket to any destination of Emirates Airlines. In association with EHCC Association, CSS Group has identified the need for providing medical treatment facilities to Charmson who has been paralyzed after a terrible accident at work site. The bid for the ticket began at 3000 AED ended up being sold for 11,000 AED. Oliver Hahn, IFS Doha contributed to this cause.

It indeed was a display of togetherness when all were seen enjoying every moment of the evening along with their families, colleagues & guests.

CSS India becomes a FIATA member

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd. has become a FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association) Member.

FIATA, a non-governmental organisation, represents today an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, also known as the “Architects of Transport”, employing around 8 – 10 million people in 150 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities and private international organisations in the field of transport.

Console Shipping Services started its Indian operations from Tirupur in the year 2004 expanded its operations, with in a short period of time to become one of the strongest of its kind in India with centrally located offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Tirupur, Tuticorin, Bangalore & Coimbatore with a staff strength of more than 150 professionals. FIATA is the largest non-governmental organisation in the field of transportation. Its influence is worldwide.

Oil & Energy Projects

Signature of Trust – Projects, Oil & Energy- CSS Group

Gigantic machines, cranes, heavy equipments, labors from all over the world working tirelessly on the sky scrapers looking beyond the Skies, seen around the desert, apparently changed the chemistry of a country to become one of the most sought after, rather young and dynamic destination for a fortune hunter. Yes, we are talking about UAE and its phenomenal success over the past few years. The boom in construction brought in ripples which seemingly influenced other related segments and one among them was Projects Cargo movement. The economic slowdown has not negatively affected the project cargo industry, since it’s primarily driven by the price of oil and gold, and they have sustained throughout the slowdown. Continued growth in the Oil & Energy industry, aerospace, power generation sector, mines and a lot more industries growing at a faster pace amongst the so called third world countries, are also supporting the sustenance of Project Cargo trade.

The Projects, Oil & Energy division at CSS Group, is a proven success in its field of interest. Team CSS, at Projects, Oil & Energy, provides an end-to-end solution in the energy trade and project cargo movement. The need of the customers drive the business at the Projects division and the core competencies of the team are closely aligned to the customer requirements. CSS carefully studies the geographical and product mix of their clients to provide the best solution, optimizing their businesses and saving them time and money. Even though still considered as a niche market, the project cargo movement has grown from strength to strength because of the increased demand brought about with the diversity of Projects.
According to Raj George, Senior Vice President of CSS Group, “Our customers know they can count on us for scheduling flexibility, reliability, availability and management accessibility.” In this ever demanding segment where time is money, the Oil & Energy team at CSS has already carved a name for itself. By successfully handling some of the key accounts in the Middle East, the Oil and Energy team has proven themselves as being the undisputed leader in the area of specialization they have.
The success of any Project movement depends on various key factors. Project cargo shipments typically involve high expenditures, comprehensive planning, and superior coordination, all of which leave little room for error. They tend to consist of large and heavy pieces that are difficult and often awfully valuable, moving great distances. The shipper needs to be certain that the specialist, whether a person or company, has a commendable history of providing solutions that include some of the aspects inherent to their particular project. Consisting of a team of highly trained and experienced professionals, CSS stands guarantee to any unforeseen occurrences all through the operation they undertake and the success lies in this mere fact. “End of the day, it is not the value of the contract or the machineries involved, make the Project move. It is the skill of the people and contacts they have in the industry, which really matters”, says Sreenath V, General Manager, Projects Oil & Energy division, CSS Group.

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