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Lighthouse - March, 2011.


U.B Prince joined the organization in 1996 and was with Consolidated Logistics Centre, Jebel Ali as the V.P Operations till 2007. When CSS Group started its new venture, Twin Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India as a BPO, which provides services for Freight Forwarding and Logistic Solutions it was U.B Prince’s name which stood as a true leader for this division. His domain expertise and versatility in handling critical provinces had given confidence to the Senior Management to designate him as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Twin Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Now he is back to take up the role of V.P NVOCC Operations in addition to COO and is relocated to Consolidated Shipping Logistics Centre, Jebel Ali. On behalf of the Chairman, Senior Management and the employees we wish him all the best.

International Boat Show

The Dubai International Boat Show is the largest, most important and most established event of its kind in the region and one of the fastest growing leisure marine industry exhibitions in the world. The 19th edition of the event will be a classic showcase of yachts, supercars, equipment and supplies from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine industry.

The Dubai International Boat Show is the undisputed leader, uniting high-end buyers and world-class suppliers from the most lucrative regions in the world. With a rich history and a proven track record spanning 19 years it is the most anticipated event in the yachting calendar. With Its ‘Established, Trusted, Chosen,’ brand recognition the event epitomizes the ultimate style in boating luxury whilst providing unparalleled access to the Middle East’s investors and marine enthusiasts. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, the multi-award winning event is among the top five leading international boat shows in the world.

Dubai International Boat Show maintains its exclusive position providing a platform for the exhibitors to showcase their products, supplies and services to trade buyers as well as private high net worth consumers in the Middle East region.

CSS Group and Peters & May have taken this opportunity to showcase its worldwide strengths in Yacht & Marine Logistics whereby as an exhibitor the Dubai International Boat Show will serve as a platform for them to meet their customers as well as generate new business for local and international markets.


Reasons to exhibit at the Dubai International Boat Show 2011

  • Recognized as one of the TOP 5 International Boat Shows in the world

  • Tap into the regions expanding leisure marine market with access to over 30,000 marine enthusiasts

  • One of few International boat shows than can boast onsite orders and sales

  • Be part of the largest and most influential leisure marine and lifestyle event in the Middle East and subcontinent

  • Get direct access to the regions most lucrative VIP buyers and high net worth individuals


Established in 1988, the Dubai International Marine Club is one of the most elegant yacht clubs in the region. Over the years it has become the driving force behind the growth of national and international watersport events in the Middle East. Ideally located on Dubai’s enchanting waterfront, next to the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and The Palm Jumeirah, DIMC is the perfect venue for the Dubai International Boat Show.


The Dubai International Boat Show
1 – 5 March 2011
4.00 pm – 9.30 pm Daily
Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi
Please visit CSS Group and Peters and May at Stand Number: LSS-D6-1 in the Luxury Tent area.
For more information about CSS Group please log on to: www.cssgroupsite.com
For more information about Peters and May please log on to: www.petersandmay.com

Reels On A Roll

CSS Abu Dhabi was contracted by VMGL to arrange the land transport & load out onto cargo barge GAC 82 / WB255 a total of 15 units Flexible Cable Reels with 9.2 m OD & weighing a total of 2240 tons for end user ARAMCO. The operation started on 28th January 2011 Saturday by moving 7 reels from lay down area to ESNAAD Jetty on parallel to the setup of the 500 tons crawler crane. The loading onto barge started parallely to the shifting of 5 more reels the next day and by January 30th 2011 and the remaining 3 reels has been shifted on the parallel of loading the delivered reels onto barge. The Project Division of Consolidated Shipping Services, Abu Dhabi had planned well in advance to move 10 out of the 15 reels from the lay down area in Mussafah to the loading yard in ESNAAD the prior evening so that the loading will start early morning. The reels were moved from the lay down area using the SPMT – Self Propelled Modular Transporter to the ESNAAD jetty. The loading took place in a special fashion by loading the reels on each corner of the barge to meet the stowage plan. In order to ensure faster operation the entire crew was split into several teams like Loading, Lashing and Transporting who were performing the tasks in parallel to ensure the continuous flow of operation. This entire project was headed by Asst. General Manager, Suku Sudhakaran and Branch Manager – Ahmad Fuad with the help of Transport Coordinator, Prajeesh Sivaprasad and Sales Executive Kaveen Amarsinghe who has been closely coordinating with the customer transporter and the ESNAAD officials to ensure the smooth operation. On behalf of CSS we also thank ESNAAD employees and management for their whole hearted support and cooperation during the operation which made it easier to meet maximum customer satisfaction and maintain the level of service CSS offers.

Emerging “QUEEN” Prospective Days Ahead for CSS Cochin

Cochin, regarded as one of the fastest growing cities in India, had witnessed a steadfast growth during the last 7 to 8 years. Patronized evenly by the spread out Kerala business community around the globe, Cochin has made a remarkable growth enviable to the other major cities in India. The recently commissioned International Marina and the Vallarpadam container terminal add flavour to the booming economy of this region. Console shipping services India Pvt. Ltd at Cochin with a well established and experienced team has been able to benefit all these positive vibes for their growth.

CSS Cochin has sizable amount of exports to Russia, Europe, US and the Middle East, while the import has shown its strength from regions like China, Malaysia & Dubai. Cochin port traffic touched 17.43 million tones during the year 2009-10 registering an increase of 12.5 % compared to previous year. The container throughput for the year stood at 2.89 lakhs TEUs. Latha      Asokan, Branch Manager of CSS Cochin states that the growth rate will increase in the coming years, despite of the ongoing recession.

The recently signed agreement between the Tecom Investments, a subsidiary of the Dubai Holdings and the Government of Kerala for developing the Smart city project has already catapulted the real estate business. The business entry points like the airport and the sea port are increasing their development pace to meet up with the growing demands of the market. As per Latha, all these factors could eventually give a facelift to the entire economy.

Now the major products handled here are food stuff, spices, coir, rubber and plastic household items which will be soon be replaced by construction materials, heavy equipments, machineries and other allied products. Kochi has emerged as the commercial and industrial

CSS UK Partner – The Spatial Group Wins BIFA 2010 Special Services Award

The Spatial Group, an associate partner of CSS Group in UK wins BIFA 2010 special services award. Based in Castle Donington, Derby, the Spatial Group was delighted to receive the Winner’s trophy at the British International Freight Association lunch held in London on the 20th January 2011. In a message the CSS Group Chairman T. S. Kaladharan congratulated the Spatial Group for this prestigious achievement.

Now in its 22nd year, this well-established event is recognised as one of the most prestigious in the industry. The competition encourages and rewards high standards of professionalism, representing the ultimate recognition of special achievements in different sectors of the industry.

For over 30 years, Spatial has demonstrated quality and commitment to the industry and are proud to be members of BIFA and are thrilled to receive the industry recognition for their business and the hard work put in by their team.

We are hugely proud to win this award” says Wendy Hain – Managing Director of The Spatial Group.  “We know from client feedback that our service is a winner and it is extremely gratifying to have this recognised publicly.

Spatial Group is associated with the CSS Group for developing the trade lane between the Gulf and the UK. The strong presence of CSS Group in the Middle Eastern region was the key factor which brought the two groups together.

Over their 30 year history, The Spatial Group have developed logistics solutions across many business sectors and geographical areas and now offer clients solutions which encompass freight, export documentation, warehousing, international mail & fulfilment, pick & pack, and courier.

In an extremely competitive marketplace, Spatial pride themselves on their customer relationships and product development.  “In understanding the individual needs of our clients we are able to offer  efficient and cost effective supply chain solutions encompassing all of their personal and specific needs; creating a partnership which has structured plans for growth and business development”  says Wendy Hain.

Lucky winner

With our continuous view to uphold the freight-forwarding/logistics fraternity, CSS’ Thank-you incentive scheme towards our fellow-forwarders and customers, conceived two years back, wherein one lucky name out of the scores of business cards that were dropped into the bowls that are placed at the D/O counter at the Corporate Office and CSLC-1, was to be picked up and rewarded with a gift, has been nothing short of successful.

The winner picked out and rewarded for the months of January-February 2011 was Radhakrishnan Nair from   E-movers, Dubai, UAE who walked away with Gift Cards worth 200 AED from Carrefour, presented by Deepu S Dev, Marketing Coordinator, CSS Dubai.

Green IT Burden or Opportunity ?

IT has fundamentally altered our work and life and improved our productivity, economy, and social well-being. An increased awareness of the harmful effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, new stringent environmental legislation, concerns about electronic waste disposal practices, and corporate image concerns are pushing businesses and individuals to Go Green. Going forward, IT now has a new role to play—helping to create a greener, more sustainable environment while offering economic benefits. Green IT is the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, and using computers, servers, monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems efficiently and effectively with minimal impact on the environment. Green IT is also about the application of IT to create energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable business processes and practices. IT can support, assist, and leverage other environmental initiatives and help in creating green awareness. IT contributes to only about 2 to 3 percent of GHG emissions. The vast majority of emissions come from non-IT sources. So, broader applications of IT in other areas of the economy could bring significant energy savings and improve overall environmental sustainability.

Green IT will be a top priority for several years to come, as it is both an economic and environmental imperative. Several case studies on greening efforts reveal that businesses that reduce their environmental (carbon) footprint can also reduce costs and improve their public image. IT professionals, CIOs, and IT support staff are thus being called upon to deliver environmentally sustainable IT solutions. Even simple steps that one individual or organization take can make a huge difference when leveraged across the vast number of individuals and organizations across the world.

Green IT and Impacts on Value Chain: Green initiatives provide opportunities for return on investment, according to experts the business intelligence can help achieve sustainability and protect the environment by various methods:

To achieve the common goal of right product, right location, right time, manufacturers and retailers need to understand consumer demand and preferences in a given region. Business Intelligence through IT provides manufacturers with the capability to analyse vast amounts of information gathered from shipment data, retailers’ point of sale data and syndicated sources, to optimise operations. Using the right quantity of raw materials, labour, equipment and energy will reduce waste and eliminate the need to store items for long periods. Reducing energy consumption means lower costs and smaller carbon footprint, and in turn, a portion of these cost savings will pass down the value chain, increasing value to retailers and consumers.

Distribution centres receive goods in breakbulk from hundreds of manufacturers around the world. Warehouses break bulk and ship the right consolidated quantities to stores. Certain best practices within the hub and spoke distribution system can significantly cut lead times and transportation costs while reducing carbon footprint through lower fuel consumption. For example, cross-docking enables retailers to optimise redistribution of goods received from manufacturers to stores by packing, labelling and shipping products in a manner that shipments can be easily sorted and consolidated at the distribution centre for forwarding to stores. Inventory management is perhaps the most important step where Business Intelligence can improve efficiency. Excess inventory leads to waste (especially in the case of perishable products), affecting both the environment and margins. Most progressive retailers have implemented IT inventory systems similar to the installation of RFID to keep track of what is on the shelf, and advanced replenishment systems to forecast demand and generate orders based on past trends and current factors. Accurate inventory visibility in store is a key input for upstream operations such as manufacturing and distribution, to reduce waste, cost and carbon footprint.

However, there’s a disparity in the level of green IT understanding across companies, professionals, students, and users. Many don’t know how or where to begin or are unwilling to implement Green IT. Although green initiatives are catching the attention of the corporate world, some professionals, executives, and departments feel excessively burdened with the Green Philosophy. However, upon closer examination, they’ll find that going green is a sound strategy.

Break Bulk Americas

Transportation Conference & Exhibition

October 25-27, 2011
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA, USA

The Breakbulk Exhibitions and Conference has been strategically positioned worldwide and is recognized as a premier Heavy Lift Exhibition. After its inaugural appearance at the 2010 Breakbulk Americas Conference and Exhibition in Houston, Texas USA, CSS Group has secured its place for the 2011 Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA from October 25-27. Please visit us at Booth No. 845 and lookout for more details on www.cssgroupsite.com

World Ports & Trade Submmit

A brand new event in association with the ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company), the World Ports & Trade Summit is being launched in Abu Dhabi from 28th – 30th of March to deliver an unprecedented exchange of information on the future of ports and shipping and will present some of the most ambitious projects ever attempted. This event is organized by Turret Seatrade Events and is accomplished under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. This international exhibition will provide leading companies the opportunity to showcase services and solutions to key purchasers in the region. Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development will be participating in this summit to ensure that Consolidated Shipping Services and its products and services will be presented so as to generate new business opportunities globally.


Projects Skidding

During the first week of January 2011 the Projects, Oil and Energy Division of Consolidated Shipping Services successfully handled the import – clearance and delivery of 5 transformers each one weighing 100 Tons to Fujairah – RIFFA / MASAFI / GURFA substation sites. The shipment from Hamburg arrived at Jebel Ali port as two separate shipments and CSS was responsible for directly arranging the clearance and delivery including installation of these units onto the plinths. Since this was a delicate process a survey was conducted by CSS prior to the shipment arrival to assess the site conditions. The access roads were not favoring transport of such heavy pieces due to the mountainous nature at the site locations. The access roads to the sites were transformed to ensure safe transport of the over dimensional heavy transformers. The shipments were transported on Multi Axle Hydraulic trailers to the respective site and to install onto the final foundation by means of jacking & skidding method. In order to ensure this was carried out smoothly a detailed method statement was submitted for the client’s approval including suggestions to make the site conditions favorable for such a transport. CSS staff were coordinating closely with the client at every point of the projects cycle in order to ensure site access roads and facilities were done properly while closely coordinating with the vessel agents, heavylift operator and customer to ensure smooth operation. All the transformers were delivered & installed on site as per schedule while ensuring maximum client satisfaction.

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