CSS At The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show

CSS Abu Dhabi And Peters & May
Attend The Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Conducted From 24th To 26th March 2011

The ADYS inaugurated on the 24th of March by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research) is the 3rd Yacht Show held in Abu Dhabi. Since its inception in 2009, the show has attracted some serious buyers and has been a very important show for the leading players in the Yacht Industry worldwide. Abu Dhabi, with its expansion plans and development of Marina based projects; the influx of Yachts in the ports is only inevitable. The leading players notice that the time is priming to make their presence felt especially in Abu Dhabi market which had bounced back the quickest with least effects of the global economic slowdown.

CSS Abu Dhabi and Peters and May (Suku Sudhakaran AGM CSS Abu Dhabi and Edward Morgan – Manager Yacht & Marine Logistics) had attended the same. They met a number of clients that they have been servicing and also learnt that a number of their clients had signed a number of high profile contracts thus ensuring a large amount of business for their office. CSS and Peters and May, being one of the top players, have already been approached for logistics assistance for handling the various aspects of the Yacht logistics from sourcing small spares to moving luxury yachts . There has been an equal mix of enquiries for imports and exports alike, with a lot of yachts moving into Abu Dhabi and leaving to areas within the Middle East.

CSS and Peters and May feel it is important to be visible at such exhibitions as they are vital for promoting the company’s products and services and networking with clients.  Due to the success of this years show both CSS and Peters and May are closely working together to secure a place for the 2012 edition of the Abu Dhabi Yacht show.

CSS Abu Dhabi

Presence At The Arabian Construction Week / Intermant 2011 Exhibition At ADNEC

As part of its portfolio of supporting the logistic requirements of the new and used construction machinery and equipment clientele CSS Abu Dhabi have attended the recent Arabian Construction Week exhibition at ADNEC. The exhibition was held between the 28th and 30th of March 2011. Termed “The Middle East’s International Exhibition for Sustainable and Innovative Construction” clearly states it’s prominence to the region which is developing in every aspect.

Despite the economic slowdown in 2010, the construction industry in Abu Dhabi has witnessed fresh contracts awarded valued at US$35.5 billion; 66% of the value of all contracts awarded in the UAE for 2010 (courtesy:  Ventures Middle East).

2011 is seeing Abu Dhabi awarding new projects to the industry. There is an estimated USD 560 billion worth of construction contracts to be awarded in 2011. We are positive that a record number of our construction clients will be awarded these prestigious contracts and we at CSS Abu Dhabi aim to add value to the clients proposal by providing and equipping them to be competitive in their bids to win projects, enabling to execute the projects ahead of projected hand over dates.

At CSS Abu Dhabi we have the right know how, a strong global network, dedicated professionals, strong relations with leading suppliers for Air, Sea and Land carriage and strong communication capabilities to name a few. With these aspects CSS Abu Dhabi has already created a name for itself in the market as being the preferred logistics partner for some on the biggest names in the New and Used Construction machinery and equipments industry.

CSS Abu Dhabi and Book Logistics

CSS Abu Dhabi was approached by one of our Book Logistics network partner mentioning that their client would like to have some assistance at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair recently held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre between the15th March 2011 to 20th March 2011. Ms. Eunice Tse, Director – Business Development at TSE World Wide Press, Hong Kong was introduced to us and she was in need of some help in getting acquainted to Abu Dhabi and also for having a person who could help her with introductions and translations for her Arabic speaking visitors and prospective clients at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair. The task was handled by Rose Fawzy, Customer Service Executive at CSS Abu Dhabi who handles the customer service and agents enquiries communications. Rose with her proficiency in both English and Arabic, her friendly and helping nature made the client comfortable and she in turn helped the client generate many leads which we are sure will convert into business.

Abu Dhabi is going to see at least 20 new education institutions ranging from schools to universities scheduled to be opened 2011 through till end of year 2012. This will increase in the requirements of books printed materials etc from many parts of the world. CSS Abu Dhabi is coordinating imports of books coming in from USA, UK and Far East. We feel that the increasing demand will create imports from other parts of the world as well; we will see increased volumes coming in from the sub continent as well. With these prospects, CSS Abu Dhabi along with the CSS Air Freight division are benefiting special rates from the airlines and therefore offering the most competitive packages for its clients.

CSS Shake Hands with Peters & May

CSS enters into a strategic alliance with Peters& May, the global yatch transporting company, providing total logistics support for the latter in the Middle East region. Consolidated Shipping Services’ strategic positioning in the Jebel Ali Freezone and the advantage of Global presence, kindles a smooth completion for all project activities, both companies undertake.

“It has always been our goal to select partners that are well-placed and capable of meeting the requirements of our worldwide customers. We recognize Consolidated Shipping Services proven ability to deliver service to the highest caliber because of its set-up of offices in key locations, strong contacts and access to local officials and customs clearance for quick and efficient support. Due to the increased volume of business being carried out by our local Dubai office, we have found it necessary to appoint an agent with an existing network of offices in the region, which will support the growth that we are anticipating in the region,” said Gerald Price, Managing Director of Peters & May about the partnership.

T S Kaladharan, Chairman, Consolidated Shipping Services states, “With the growth in the number of waterfront developments being completed in the UAE we too recognized the need to partner with a firm that has received global recognition in boat transportation. In addition, we both share the same unmatched professionalism that has made us recognized leaders in our specialized fields.”

Peters & May has over 30 years experience in the provision of marine logistics and offers global boat transportation and freight forwarding via air, road, rail and sea from a global boat transportation and freight forwarding via air, road, rail, and sea from a global network of offices and exclusive agencies. The company ships 8000 vessels through more than 150 ports in over 60 countries and is the preferred shipper for many of the world’s leading boat builders, including Correct Craft Inc, Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking Yacht Company.

CSS Abu Dhabi Relocation

UAE always know for being expat friendly, security, good quality of life, tax free, high GDP and a long list which can go on has attracted a lot of people to come and stay in the UAE either on employment or running own businesses. This has created a huge demand for relocations to and from the UAE. With Abu Dhabi being the capital and also with the Oil and Gas sector being very prominent there are a lot of people who are relocated on project basis and thus has a higher demand of relocations. At the CSS Abu Dhabi Relocation Division we believe in making a difference in the market which is already being catered to by players both big and small. CSS Abu Dhabi Relocation Division is being recognised  and has been growing at an extremely fast rate.

CSS Abu Dhabi Relocations have a group of friendly and customer oriented surveyors, well experienced professional packers, our own warehouse and own vehicles to ensure that we provide a complete package to the client so that they do not have to deal with subcontractors or any kind of third parties.

Being Members of CAM, IAM and ARA we have partnered with professional companies worldwide who are recognized not just for the name but also for the service hence we ensure that we take care of the client thought the whole move when it comes to international relocations. Local moves may be less hassle for the client but it holds the same importance with us and we do not compromise on the quality of the packing methods and materials.


  • Worldwide packing and moving of personal effects
  • Local and International removals (Homes and Offices)
  • Customs clearance and door to door service
  • Warehousing
  • Transportation
  • Comprehensive insurance


  • Own warehouse facility
  • Operating a fleet of own trucks
  • Multilingual staff
  • Well trained and experienced professionals

Warehouse And Logistics

CSS Abu Dhabi has been seeing an increased number of enquiries from various clients for safe, clean and secured cargo storage in the Mussafah.

CSS Abu Dhabi ICAD 1 Logisitics facility has been instrumental to cater to this requirement of our client. The warehouse being completely managed by our own well experience personnel and equipment makes handling our client’s requirements very easy. This being a multipurpose facility is used for short (daily) and long storage of cargo (yearly), container stuffing and destuffing, cross stuffing, packaging, palletizing, being a semi racked facility we can provide for client who requires racking for their cargo as well as clients who require just the floor space. Being in ICAD (Industrial City of Abu Dhabi 1) we are in a secured area and we always maintain the highest of safety standards in all our handling of cargo.

Industrial Packing And Lashing

  • Safety trained Professional Carpenters and Riggers
  • Trained surveyors for conducting survey and assessments of cargo and loads to be packed / lashed,
  • Lloyds Germanischer certified lashing materials.
  • Our packers are trained by Cordstrap who is one of the most recognized training centres in the region.
  • Own warehouse / carpentry shop equipped with the state of the art machinery
  • Mobile units to do packing and lashing at client locations and emergency requirements.
  • Multinational Clientele.
  • Arrangement of Third Party Inspection, Insurance, Crane, Transport etc.

Oil And Gas Industry

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 join participation between CSS Abu Dhabi 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, Suku Sudhakaran, Asst General Manager, Ahmad Fuad, Branch Manager and Gillian Alexander, Manager – Sales & Customer Service with the 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.

CSS Join Hands With Freight Plus

CSS – Freightplus now handles High and Heavy RoRo/Break bulk cargo – regardless if it is single cargo or part of a project movement. Cargo can be easily loaded on specialized vessels and stowed on high and heavy decks. Lorries, trucks, trailers, busses, excavators or big moveable machinery is the basis of the CSS – Freightplus Global Cargo movements door to door worldwide!

As part of CSS’s diversification and product development plans CSS is delighted to advise in line with our Business Development ambitions the new partnership with a well reputed company Freightplus who is a well known service provider and a specialist in the world market.

Together with Freightplus, CSS has embarked on yet another journey in order to service and add value to the Global Shipping and logistics market-offering specialist shipping services for new and used construction equipment. The leverage of the combined networks and varied expertise will be a driving force to provide end to end services in the identified market segment and to provide total unified logistics and freight for new and used construction equipment.

With the association and carefully selected global partners Freightplus and CSS will be positioned as one of the only few project forwarders specializing in the international movement of heavy machinery.

In fact, moving heavy machinery across the world is what we now do, shipping new and used mining machinery, construction equipment , earthmoving machines, exploration and drilling equipment and agricultural machinery, every day of every week.

Whether our customers are shipping a Caterpillar dozer, a Hitachi excavator, a Komatsu dump truck or a Tadano crane, the well trained experienced crew know exactly what is required to transport heavy equipment in the safest and most economical shipping configuration.

CSS and Freight Plus will maintain an extensive technical database with machinery specifications of nearly all major earthmoving, construction and mining plant and equipment.  This means customers will not have the hassle of having to provide technical drawings or machinery spec’s whenever they are shipping machinery internationally.

Our operations now  boasts average industry experience exceeding 15 years per person.  A third of our crew each has more than 20 years experience, much of that time directly involved with shipping heavy equipment, using scheduled RORO services, break bulk and container vessels and dedicated charters for larger parcels.

Whether it’s CSS or one of our competitors, we strongly recommend the use heavy lift specialists when moving valuable heavy machinery and other challenging cargoes, internationally.

Customers can talk to CSS and Freightplus representatives, face to face, at any time of the day or night for good advice about shipping mining equipment, construction machinery or earthmoving machines, transporting drill rigs, relocating a drag line, decommissioning a mine, relocating a manufacturing plant, repositioning military equipment, importing farm machinery, exporting generators or moving over dimensional cargo.

Customers can be advised that with the geographical spread of our offices,  by land-line, mobile phone, email messaging, ensuring that the inquires can be responded to efficiently in a timely fashion.

As well as shipping heavy machinery around the world, Freightplus provides a number of ancillary services.  At origin, before shipment, our comprehensive range of services includes –

  • Pre-purchase, technical machinery appraisal – covering a wide range of used heavy equipment
  • Dismantling and reassembly of heavy machinery
  • Steam cleaning to Australian quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Steam cleaning to New Zealand quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Steam cleaning to USA quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Mechanical support prior to shipment
  • Supervision of ship loading
  • Full range of Customs services, including documentation and formalities for export
  • Preparation of Carnets
  • Chamber of Commerce representation
  • Payment facilitation between buyer and seller (Escrow services)
  • SGS inspections
  • Marine insurance
  • Marine surveys
  • Comprehensive service ex job-site

There is much more to transporting massive machines from site to site than booking space on a ship.

As well as capably shipping heavy machinery between any two ports in the world, CSS and Freightplus now also provides comprehensive support services.

When your cargo arrives at its destination port, CSS and partners can help with a number of ancillary services;

  • Coordination of necessary documentation and export licenses
  • Payment facilitation between buyer and seller
  • Post-shipment condition appraisal – covering a wide range of used heavy equipment
  • Dismantling and reassembly of heavy machinery
  • Steam cleaning to Australian quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Steam cleaning to New Zealand quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Steam cleaning to USA quarantine standards for used machinery
  • Mechanical support during all stages of shipment
  • Supervision of vessel discharge
  • Crane services, with doggers and riggers
  • Container devanning
  • Fumigation
  • Full range of Customs services for import
  • Full range of quarantine compliance services
  • Processing of transport permits
  • Customs tariff concession applications
  • Duty drawbacks
  • Duty audits
  • Greenhouse gases compliance and reporting
  • Marine Insurance claims
  • Comprehensive job-site delivery
  • Pre-sale refurbishment

Safety Is Of Paramount Importance To CSS

Abu Dhabi Is Now Focusing Heavily On Road Safety

As part of our own safety initiatives CSS is pleased to report that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is now focusing on the importance of setting up a National Committee for Traffic Safety State was recently highlighted as an ideal framework to coordinate the efforts of various relevant parties.

The symposium recommended at the conclusion of its effectiveness in Abu Dhabi to include the proposed committee which includes representatives from all agencies and institutions and departments concerned with traffic safety as well as specialized NGOs, and that they have full powers in regard to issues of traffic safety.

The participants decided at the symposium organized by the Emirates Traffic Safety in cooperation with the International Organization for the prevention of road accidents and the Arab Organization for Traffic Safety, to raise the proposal of the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior and the Arab Organization for Traffic Safety. And to create an Arabic Monitor for traffic safety, entrusted with the establishment of an arab database and carry out studies to ensure a deeper analysis of the causes of road accidents and determine the terms of reference and sources of funding and a particular framework and methods of work.

The symposium was held over two days under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and supported by the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi and the National Transport Authority, The event aimed to set up national strategies to be consistent and integrated based on a scientific basis, taking into account the various aspects of traffic safety. Identifying the objectives and the financing possibilities for the implementation and scheduling of time and evaluation tools, and channels of review and correction of the progress of the various pivots on the basis of evaluation results.

The recommendations of the participants in the symposium highlighted the importance of paying attention to an ambulance and rapid medical intervention to road accidents, both at the level of equipment, or medical supervision or coordination systems and interference between the various parties concerned and they recommend creating a unified emergency number globally as well as rehabilitation of victims of traffic accidents by sending specialized centers.

Retired Brigadier General Ahmed Hassan Al Hosni secretary of the Emirates Traffic Safety and thanked the extent of His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior for taking care of the symposium, which was held over two days at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi. This included participation of experts, researchers, academics and NGOs working in the field of traffic safety and government officials from different specialties related to road accidents. This had a large impact on the success of the symposium.

The final recommendations of the participants, review of the legislation based on studies calendar takes into account the extent to which laws supported in and how it influencing the behavior of road users. Merged with the particulars of economic, social and psychological for each country and the adoption of intelligent transportation systems and modern technology to control which leads to greater transparency in the preview traffic violations.

Break Bulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition

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

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

Dubai International Boat Show 2011

Leisure marine companies from all over the world have announced their best sales in recent times at the 18th Dubai International Boat Show. Multi Million dollar sales were recorded at this year’s show, with a number of super yachts, including the Dhs72m Sunseeker 38 metre Special Edition, being purchased on-site as consumer confidence increased in the market. Among the 700 companies at this year’s show, CSS & Peters and May joined hands for this year’s Boat show. David Holley and Robert Blades from Peters and May joined by T.S. Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group, Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, Suku Sudhakaran, AGM CSS Abu Dhabi, Edward Morgan, Manager, Yacht & Marine Logistics, CSS Group, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group and Chandra Kala, Management Trainee, Projects, Oil & Energy Division, CSS Group all attended this years exhibition. As per Chandra Kala There were an enormous number of customers who visited our booth, we were able to generate a large number of enquiries which are currently being handled by the enthusiastic staff at Peters & May and CSS Group.

The Dubai International Boat Show, which was visited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, took place at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) from 9 – 13 March 2010.

As per Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, “The outstanding business that was done at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show is a clear indication that the leisure marine market in the Middle East is on the road to recovery. Consumer confidence is back and the Dubai International Boat Show has played an important role in stimulating demand and reinvigorating the leisure marine industry as highlighted by the impressive number of deals conducted at this year’s show”. Riding high on the remarkable sales transacted at this year’s show, which once again looks set to become the biggest highlight of 2011 in the region.

GPLN Global Meeting

Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will be conducting its 8th Global Meeting at the Hilton Munich Park Hotel in Munich, Germany, from May 03 – 05, 2011. GPLN brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics. This global meeting will allow face-to-face contact with GPLN partners whereby they will be able to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost effective manner. Sreenath Vishwanath and Chandrakala from the CSS Projects, Oil and Energy division along with Suku Sudhakaran from CSS Abu Dhabi will be attending the meeting representing CSS Group. For more details about GPLN, please visit www.gpln.net

FPS Rotterdam Visit @ CSS

It is with great pleasure that CSS Group welcomed Paula Van Der Werf and Saskia De Jong from FPS Rotterdam who visited the CSS UAE offices in March 2011.  Since the early years the association with FPS Rotterdam has created new business opportunities and mutual benefits. The agenda of the visit was to discuss the future developments of import/export routings and new target market/customers.   The CSS Sales Team Managers and staff in Dubai, Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi, UAE participated and discussed various subjects, interests and business strategies with FPS Rotterdam during their UAE visit. As per Siby Kurian, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, “It was a great opportunity for the CSS Sales Team Managers and staff to discuss the current trends in the Freight Forwarding industry and to develop new and exciting strategies that will mutually benefit CSS and FPS.”