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Lighthouse - January, 2011.

Chairman’s Message

There is a saying that when times are hard true friends recognise each other. During turbulent times of recession our friends have supported CSS making 2010 a wonderful year for our group.  I would like to express my thanks to everyone in the knowledge that we have equally endeavoured to recognise and service your needs and hopefully exceeded your expectations. The relentless effort and enthusiasm shown by all our employees for achieving the goals, which help both you and CSS prosper, is to be applauded. I extend my thanks and congratulations to all the CSS team.

I believe that 2011 will bring a new optimism and a more amenable climate for the industry as a whole. Within CSS we need to ensure that our clients and associates are welcomed into a cordial and responsive atmosphere. By being more effective and enhancing our key internal strengths, I am confident my vision of opportunity and optimism will be achieved.

Over the past years we have been successful in honouring our commitments and gaining respect for the CSS family, amongst the shipping and logistics community. We have also not been complacent in our desires to support our corporate social responsibilities. May good fortune be with us so we may expand our efforts on behalf of the needy and deserving in society.

As we enter 2011, at CSS we recognise that by continually seeking to discover and refresh our ideas, we are proactive in focusing our efforts to achieve success. Enriched by this and similar experiences we will continue to demonstrate that, not only by words but also by our actions and services, we will enter 2011 with a spirit of great optimism.

I convey my sincere thanks and best wishes to you for New Year 2011.

Lighthouse FOCUS

It is probably always true that when you see an idea grow into success you feel a happy sense of achievement.  It is this feeling which should encourage us all to keep trying and developing.  “Lighthouse” began as a normal newsletter which became well patronised by our readers. The result is that it has become a prominent bi-monthly magazine in the “Shipping and Logistics” industry. To build on this success, I would like to introduce, as a New Year gift, another novel initiative “Lighthouse FOCUS”. The main aim of “Focus” will be to give in-depth coverage to every C.S.S. department and division.  “Focus” will zoom into all departments and divisions highlighting their activities and events. I am confident that this new opportunity to know us better will be well accepted by all our readers and well wishers making this a grand success.

Dubai Global Village

The Air Freight Division of CSS Group has been appointed the exclusive agents to handle all the fresh fruits from Thailand that will be retailed at the highly successful Thai Pavilion at the Global Village.

Global Village is Dubai’s most popular outdoor cultural entertainment and shopping venue, welcoming millions of guests over the last 13 years. With over 39 countries participating in the various cultural shows and pavilions on display, its a shopaholics delight with over 4.2 million visitors passing through its gates over a period of 3 months.

Jacob Isaac, General Manager, Air Freight Division, CSS Group commented “The CSS Air Freight team based at CSS Dubai Cargo Village, have a mix of expertise and are geared to handle any specific or special need at any time to ensure our clients needs and time frame are met. The cargo for the Thai Pavilion was an interesting challenge, which was completed successfully during the given time frames.”

CSS Group will handle over 125 tons of fresh fruits during the months of November to February 2011. Due to the perishable nature of the fruits, the cargo handler must be able to immediately process the documents required through various authorities during a short period of time, and offer clearance and refrigerated transport to the site at Global Village.

Saijai Waiyakruttha, Manager, Thailand Pavilions stated “We are extremely pleased with the service so far received from the CSS Group staff. They are always available to help us when necessary even on weekends, which are a peak time for us here at the Global Village. We would like to thank each and every member of the CSS Group Air Freight team for their assistance and we look forward to working with them for more projects.”

CSS Projects

CSS Projects, Oil and Energy division has always been exceptional when it comes to handling specialized shipments of huge volume. On 13th November 2010, 9:30 AM the vessel VEESHAM OAK berthed Jebel Ali Port ready to load the cargo to Mostaghanem, Algeria. The collection of the shipment was from three different locations in the UAE (Dubai, Jebel Ali & Mafraq) which was done over a period of 2 days. Loading of 3205 CBM was a critical operation which lasted for 8 hours and was closely supervised till the end by CSS Projects, Oil and Energy division staff at the prime location. The 11 RORO equipment inclusive of 4 trucks were loaded on the Main deck and the rest 21 static units which included spare parts, frames and other equipments where loaded on the weather deck. At the end of the day it was yet another achievement for CSS Group and also a milestone for the Projects, Oil and Energy division.

Breakbulk Asia

Breakbulk Asia is the leading and most important gathering in Asia for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional Breakbulk cargoes. It will be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention Centre from January 24th to the 26th, 2011.

The success of CSS Group’s foray as an exhibitor at Breakbulk Asia in 2010 has led to the increased participation of not only Group offices but also network partners.

Oliver Hahn, Regional Manager, IFS Doha/Muscat, a leading freight forwarder and the network partner of CSS in Qatar will be participating alongside CSS Group in this year’s exhibition. Specializing in professional freight forwarding services which add value to the overall supply chain is the primary focus of its operations in Doha in addition to handling turnkey project movements for the Middle East region.

In addition to the CSS network partners the following CSS Group offices will also be participating:

Dean Landers, General Manager, from CSS Kuwait will be participating in Breakbulk Asia for the first time since the office inception in 2005. In addition to handling all facets of the freight forwarding, logistics, and projects oil and energy industry, CSS Kuwait specializes in the handling of dangerous goods and the transhipment of cargoes to Iraq via KFTZ.

Located in the heart of Manama, the capital city of Bahrain, CSS Bahrain offers its clients an expertise in projects handling and yacht and marine logistics in addition to owning and operating its own CFS facility within Mina Salmaan Port. Narayan Tagore, General Manager of CSS Bahrain will also be participating at Break Bulk Asia for the first time, having been a visitor for two years consecutively.

With the increase in the participation of CSS Group network partners and group offices Break Bulk Asia will serve as an ideal platform for which CSS Group will not only strengthen its visibility within the Asia and the Middle East market but also establish itself as a key player in the shipping industry.

Finally from the UAE, Suku Sudhakaran, Assistant General Manager of CSS Abu Dhabi who has served as a visitor will now be a participant at the Break Bulk Asia Exhibition. CSS Abu Dhabi has been successful in providing optimum solutions for the requirements of the freight forwarding and logistics industry while also concentrating in the niche areas of local and international land transportation, yacht and marine logistics, projects management, Oil and Gas sectors and personal effects management.

Also in attendance will be T.S. Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group and accompanying him will be Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group and Chandra Kala, Management Trainee Projects, Oil & Energy Division, CSS Group.

For more information about the exhibition, please log on to:

www.cssgroupsite.com and asia.breakbulk.com

Air Freight Management

As part of a facelift process and to provide improved service to their clients, the Air Freight division of CSS is moving to a more  spacious and modern facility at the Mega terminal , Dubai Cargo Village.

The Air Freight department of Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C. offers sophisticated and innovative air cargo services with its home base at Dubai Cargo Village. The Air Freight Management team is rated as the total solutions provider and a trusted partner for Air Cargo Management. Our expertise of import and export requirements, customs regulations, licenses, payment practices and consular documentation can guide you to achieve the optimum results in the Air Freight operations. CSS Air Freight division is a proven success in the realm of its operation. CSS has obtained partnerships with an exclusive network of agents’ worldwide. Their expertise in multimodal operations, project cargo handling, air craft chartering etc makes them unique in this field.

CSS Sales Strategy Meet 2011

The annual CSS Sales Strategy Meet 2011 was held at the Jumeirah Meydan Hotel in Dubai UAE, on the 25th & 26th of November. In attendance at the event were CSS Senior Management and Department Heads from the Middle East and the Indian Sub Continent. In addition, special guests Oliver Hahn from IFS Doha, Dean Landers from CSS Kuwait and Wendy Hain from Spatial Group were also present.

The theme for this year’s meeting was “Tomorrow is Yours” – CSS is starting a Green Tomorrow for All, Today.

The Annual Strategy meet held every year is a platform on which the key players within the CSS Group present their achievements of 2010 and the annual budget followed by their action plan for the year 2011 and receive feedback from other departments. The core purpose of the Strategy Meet is to evaluate the performance and to analyze the new market trends and the areas of business that are a crucial element of the continuing development of CSS core businesses.

On the 25th evening a Gala dinner was organized for the meet attendees and the main attraction was the live horse racing from the Jumeirah Meydan Hotel racetrack.

Amith Horra, Cheryl Annes, Chandra Kala and Deepu S Dev headed the CSS Sales Strategy Meet organizing committee. CSS extends its gratitude to all those who had participated and truly appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation in making the annual CSS Sales Strategy Meet a success.

Welcome Breakbulk 2011 Singapore

CSS Group is participating in the Breakbulk conference and exhibition 2011, at the Suntec city, Singapore. As a group company, the active participation at Singapore is from the CSS offices of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan and network partner IFS Doha. Breakbulk conference and exhibition always provide a platform to meet and greet the customers and well wishers, to understand the growing trends, to hear the concerns and to discuss and evolve solutions for the industry grievances.

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. CSS Group is delighted to be associated with this prestigious establishment.

Breakbulk Houston

Te 2010 Breakbulk Americas Conference and Exhibition held in Houston in October generated nearly $5 million in local revenue, according to a report released by the Port of Houston Authority.

The conference, held Oct 11-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, drew more than 4000 shippers, supply-chain managers and industry experts. The conference included a leadership summit of industry executives who reviewed compliance issues and two days of program sessions and keynote speakers addressing industry issues and breaking-out forecasts.

“Breakbulk Americas Conference and Exhibition was a singular success and will return to Houston in 2012,” announced Ricky W. Kunz, Vice President, Origination.

Kunz reported that Houston was the first-time host of this two-day conference that saw record attendance of nearly 4,000 shippers, supply chain providers and industry leaders from around the world. Attendance nearly doubled the highest turnout in the event’s previous 21-year history. Breakbulk Americas 2010 generated more than $4.9 million in direct economic impact on Houston, according to a report from the Port of Houston Authority’s Economic Analysis Division. The analysis considered many factors, including hotel accommodations, transportation, food and beverage services and more during the two-day conference.

These benefits are in addition to the impact of contracts and shipping arrangements put in place as a result of the event, helping continue the leadership of the Port of Houston as the largest Breakbulk port in the U.S. and a leader in steel and project cargo for more than 90 years.

“We are delighted with the record attendance and number of exhibitors set by the conference’s debut in Houston,” said Alli McEntyre, Vice President and Publisher of Breakbulk Magazine and Events. “The Breakbulk Americas event is well-established as a must-attend event for this sector because of the business intelligence and networking opportunities it provides attendees.”

Besides forecasts for capital projects, multipurpose fleets and steel shipping, industry executives discussed important Breakbulk and project cargo issues ranging from trends in the energy market and evolving contract strategies to solutions for U.S. surface transportation project cargo restrictions and the new role of freight forwarders.

On the packed exhibition floor, exhibitors celebrated their latest achievements during the conference. The grand finale of the event was the Port Night Party hosted by the Port of Houston, which drew a crowd of more than 2,500 people at Minute Maid Park.

CSS Group has secured its place at the Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA from October 25-27, 2011. Stay Tuned for more details on www.cssgroupsite.com

Supply Chain Management

The Supply Chain Management facility set up in 2004 is situated in Jebel Ali, the world’s fastest growing Free Zone. Supply chain management reduces inefficiencies as to time, inventories and cost. The global presence of CSS Group has brought in a handful of reputed names as clients to the facility.

  • Staff strength of over 40 personnel
  • Integrated software system developed     in house
  • Operational space of 140,000 sq.ft. with 22,000 CBM capacity
  • 12,200 pallet positions
  • 100% double deep racking system
  • Staging and reworking areas
  • Operational with 10 forklifts
  • 19 loading bays
  • Computerized inventory management
  • Designated space for handling value added services
  • Managed and Operated by CSS Staff and equipment


Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, ADIPEC was inaugurated with the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser to a footfall of over 10,000 vistors on Day 1 of the event alone.

The highly anticipated ADIPEC 2010, also witnessed for the first time a joint participation between CSS Group and GPLN at one of the largest International Petroleum Exhibition and conference in the world.

The event, which lasted over four days, had a total footfall of over 38,000 visitors at the end of Day 3 only. Over $4bn dollars of deals have been confirmed as a result of this year’s ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition) with some of the biggest names in the global oil and gas industry securing contracts and re-confirming deals at the four day event.

Hifazat Ahmad, event director of ADIPEC, said: “There has been a real buzz on the show floor, whether its deals being discussed, relationships being formed or partnerships coming together. Many of these deals may have been in talks for months but companies recognize that ADIPEC is an ideal platform to sign on the dotted line and confirm the projects.”

During the course of the 4 day exhibition, CSS Senior Managemnet and GPLN members took the opportunity to increase their visibility amongst the key players in the Oil and Gas industry while meeting various members of the GPLN fraternity through which numerous partnerships were created and commitments made for future business.

Delhi Calling!!!

The post commonwealth games seem to have jump started Delhi’s business environment, with a new wave of enthusiasm seen in all segments of business. New projects are being initiated and the existing ones are being completed. Delhi is getting ready for the next phase of the Metro which will link the airport and the railway station. The domestic airport and the Disney world in Noida and the automatic cabs in Gurgaon are the other major projects getting initiated.

CSS Delhi with its mixed clientele of direct shippers, freight forwarders and custom house agents has grown leaps and bounds. With volumes reaching to 500 teus during the months of June & July, the last 12 months for CSS Delhi was really rewarding in all the trade lanes of Export, FCL, and Console & Air Freight. They became the number one lifter during June and July with MSC from North India which was an appreciable achievement.

CSS Delhi with a team of efficient and committed staff is working presently at increasing the LCL volumes and increasing business in the special equipment sector. The major products being handled in Delhi include paper, tiles, cattle feed, machine and hand tools. Its arms are reaching the outskirts of the main town touching areas like Moradabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur & Agra.  A promising 2011 is calling Delhi and the Team CSS charts out some innovative approaches in tackling this new environment.

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