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Lighthouse - March, 2012.

Chairman’s Message

There’s a well known saying about “rising to the occasion.” No one really knows who started this expression but over the years it has been used to describe people from all walks of life including sports personalities, pop stars, and politicians and sometimes even you and me. However the important requirement for anyone to be able to “rise to the occasion” is the setting where everyone involved plays an integral part. This applies especially in sport. The roar of the crowd, the cheering supporters, inspires players to strive for even greater achievements. Support from the terraces is nearly as important as playing because it invigorates teams to succeed.

We had just completed a wonderful cricket Twenty 20 season in Dubai with the first KPL, (Kerala Premier League), taking with us some memorable sporting moments. Our acclamation would have known no bounds if CSS, with our team of Alleppey Ripples, had become the first team to lift the KPL trophy. But rest assured after such a brilliant performance this year, we will be back to “lift the trophy” next time.

I extend my congratulations to all my team members. I would also like to congratulate those who were in the gallery, playing not with bat and ball but with their heart and souls, which were full of cheers and applauds. It was the enthusiasm of our supporters that added the all important component which spurred our team onto the success line. The cheerleading encouragement from the terraces helped to ensure that our team was able to “rise to the occasion.” Such an event provides an excellent example of how you can inspire confidence in others, with your enthusiastic motivation, so they can rise to even greater heights of achievement. Being an inspiration for your colleagues, your teammates, is something far higher than just giving support. It is the special magic that arouses unique “out of the ordinary” creative activity – a characteristic we value highly at CSS.

CSS Alleppey Ripples

KPL Dubai (Kerala Premier League Dubai) was formed by Citifortune International Marketing, an event management company established in Dubai, in consideration of the passion for cricket in the region. The objective of KPL was to create an elite new sporting event to encourage cricket within the local population and promote cross-cultural integration.

This tournament, held under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council and staged at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy Oval ground, had total prize money amounting to an astounding Dhs 60,000 — the highest prize to be offered to a domestic team.

Kerala’s Sports Minister K.B Ganesh Kumar inaugurated the event, in the presence of brand ambassadors India’s Test star Shantakumaran Sreesanth with film stars Suresh Gopi and Bhama on January 20. As Stephan Devassy, Brand Ambassador for Alleppey Ripples and world-renowned musician, enticed and encouraged the enthusiastic crowds with his riveting performance during the first day of matches.

C.T.K Nasir, one of the seven directors of the tournament, said: “I have played domestic cricket for the last 30 years here and wanted to create a tournament which will stand out and hence a group of like-minded people joined hands to create this concept. It is a tournament not only for the cricketers from Kerala state but for players from all over India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and every domestic player.”

“Kerala’s 14 districts and two zones (Malabar and Travancore) have been divided into different teams. Every team should have a minimum of three players from Kerala in the eleven and the remaining can be made up of local players and a maximum of two overseas players. One player should be under the age of 22 to encourage youngsters into the game,” he added.

Eight districts will only participate in the first edition. “Four out of the eight districts have already been purchased by owners for the next five years. The first edition will be contested by eight teams and we will expand it next year with more districts, without compromising on the standard of the teams,” he added.

Domestic teams

UAE’s top domestic teams have purchased some of the districts. TS Kaladharan, Chairman of Consolidated Shipping Services Group, which was one of UAE’s strongest domestic team, purchased Alleppey.

“This tournament has encouraged our team to stage a comeback to domestic cricket after five years. This will be great tournament and we haven’t flown in international players, we will compete with our top players,” he said.

“Alleppey Ripples with the power and pride of Devas Chundan for KPL”

In the presence of CSS, KPL, Dubai Cricket Council, and Media dignitaries CSS Alleppey Ripples and its coaching staff were officially launched and inaugurated at the Pathumuri (South Indian Garden Restaurant) at the Ramada Continental Hotel-Dubai. Speaking at the team launch, Chairman and Owner of Alleppey Ripples, T S Kaladharan announced, “CSS Group is pleased to announce its purchase of Team Alleppey Ripples for the next 5 seasons of the Kerala Premier League (KPL). The investment in the team shows the continuous support of CSS towards the sporting fraternity of the United Arab Emirates offering first class facilities for all sporting events.”

In the first match of the KPL Dubai cricket tournament, CSS Alleppey Ripples defeated Springs Cricket Academy Trivandrum Royals by an impressive 52 runs. In the second match, CSS Alleppey Ripples beat Wedlock Malapurram Knights by 27 Runs. After beginning the tournament undefeated, CSS Alleppey Ripples continued their impressive winning ways by posting a 55 runs victory over Yogi Group Trissur Dynamites?. In their fourth and fifth match, CSS Alleppey Ripples won by a narrow margin of runs, first by seven against Thumbay Kasargod Leopards and next by eight runs against Xpress Money Farooq CC. Calicut Zamorins. Both matches proved to be exhilarating whereby the batting and fielding of Alleppey Ripples showcased by the entire team were unstoppable.

In one of the most high-profile matches of the tournament, Alleppey defeated Kannur by three wickets in a nail biting match that had onlookers on the edge of their seats. With this win and 12 points, Alleppey Ripples had indeed secured their place in the semi-final berth in the Twenty20 tournament.

T. S. Kaladharan, Chairman of the Consolidated Shipping Services Group and owner of the Alleppey team, said, “We are perfectly happy with the way our team is performing. We don’t have a particular star, but a balanced side and all of them are chipping in with their contributions. The all-rounders in the team are making a difference and we are looking forward to the semi-final.”

Alleppey captain Harish M said, “We are clicking as a team because all players are contributing in equal measure. It once again shows that in the Twenty20 format, any thing is possible with a team performance and it is indeed a creditable victory as Kannur is virtually the UAE national team with almost all the top players in their squad.”

After being forced to abandon the match against Trotters Wayanad Highlanders due to bad weather conditions and therefore share the points, Alleppey Ripples were set to play in their first semi-final match.

Despite unpredictable weather conditions during the course of the game, the Alleppey Ripples team fought hard to maintain their position in the league, having yet been undefeated. However due to some extremely good fielding and batting from the Trotters Wayanad Highlanders, Alleppey Ripples succumbed to defeat, with eight balls to spare in the tight semifinals match.

With the tournament now drawing to a close we would like to congratulate the entire CSS Alleppey Ripples Team, Coaching Staff, CSS Senior Management, and all of the CSS Group staff and their families who came out to support the team during this tournament. Your support and positive attitudes is highly appreciated and we look forward to another season of CSS Alleppey Ripples-KPL cricket.

On behalf of the Chairman and Senior Management of CSS I would like to thank the Management team of KPL Dubai and the Dubai Cricket Council for a well organised tournament, which brings value added attention to the game of Cricket not only in the GCC, but worldwide. The dedication of your team and everyone involved is highly appreciated and valued.

Phoenix International Visit CSS Group In Saudi Arabia And UAE

Phoenix International, Francois Wolberg, Business Development Manager, Global Textile Logistics and Brandon Joiner, Sales Executive (Atlanta) traveled to CSS Saudi Arabia and CSS UAE offices last November to visit the newly appointed partners, CSS Group in the Middle East.

The first stop was in Riyadh where they spent three days with Ramzi Al-Dulijan (Managing Director, CSS Saudi Arabia) and his team. Together they visited important customers that Phoenix handles in their Atlanta branch. “We found that CSS Saudi Arabia is a dynamic team and willing to help and support our activity,” added Brandon Joiner, Sales Executive (Atlanta).

The second stop was CSS headquarters in Dubai, where they met with CSS delegation including Ken Dinnadge (VP, Business Development, CSS), Roshmon Manoli, Route Development Manager, North America and Kaveen Amarasinghe,  Sales Executive.

Brandon, Francois and the entire CSS team visited several customers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and had an opportunity to develop sales and learnt the art of collaborating and sharing information in order to close new deals.

“Globally we have been very impressed by CSS, and we feel we have a great partner to work with out of countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman,” added Francois Wolberg, Business Development Manager, Global Textile Logistics

Vital Statistics At Phoenix International

    • Founded in 1979
    • Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois (Chicago)
    • 2,000 employees
    • One of the Top Work Places1
    • One of the Healthiest Companies in America2
    • Top 30 Best Places to Work3
    • 42nd largest privately held company4
    • 19th largest air export forwarder in North America5
    • 24th largest freight forwarder6
    • Fiscal Year End: June 30th
    • Fiscal 2011 Revenue: $1 Billion
    • Ocean Freight Volume: 250,000 TEUs
    • Air Freight Volume: 41,000 Tons
    • Average Growth: 15-20%
    • Global network of more than 300 locations in 125 countries
    •     USA – 23
    •     Pacific Rim – 25
    •     South Asia – 12
    •     Europe – 11
    •     Oceania – 1
    •     Exclusive Agent Network – 225


Projects @ A Glance

Consolidated Shipping Services and Peters & May imported and exported the racing boats for the Mouawad Team of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM)-XCAT Powerboat Team for the recently run Dubai and Abu Dhabi stages. “CSS & Peters & May are committed to promoting and sponsoring grass roots sporting events and initiatives.” stated Edward Morgan – Manager Yacht & Marine Logistics. “We believe that developing & encouraging these types of local events demonstrates our support to the ever expanding boating community”.

The Mouawad team was running in second place in the Dubai leg which was held off the Mina Seyahi waters of the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) but due to bad weather the race had to be postponed until March after three on-water incidents, including two boats flipping.

However, two weeks later the Mouawad team driven by Omar Danial and Gary Ballough were able to repeat their strong performance for an excellent 2nd place finish on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. This keeps them in second place in the overall season’s standings.

Projects @ CSS Mumbai

CSS Mumbai projects team successfully handled and moved a hydraulic excavator recently. The Komatsu PC 2000 Hydraulic Excavator was dismantled into 16 pieces weighing 209 Metric tones with 402 CBM. These 16 pieces were then stuffed into 6 x 40 feet Mafi’s (A typical flat container with wheels) under expert supervision. All these 6 Mafis were then loaded onto a RORO Vessel. The project cargo arrived from Hyderabad to Mumbai port. The project was meticulously planned with in-house expertise and experience. CSS Mumbai handled this shipment, managing all local documentations and customs clearance till the cargo reached the port and got loaded into the vessel. CSS staff coordinated closely with the client at every point of the projects cycle in order to ensure a smooth operation. The project was handled ensuring maximum client satisfaction. The shipment was for Brisbane, Australia.

CSS Becomes IATA Certified

Having completed over 17 years of service, CSS has today grown as a group of companies with over 750 professionals, offering Integrated Freight Forwarding & Logistic Solutions to an impressive clientele worldwide.

The CSS Airfreight division is rated as the total logistic solutions provider and a trusted partner for Air Cargo Management. When it comes to the fast moving pace of the Air Freight operations they are equipped with the skill and expertise of the employees to meet various customer needs as “we act faster than you think”.

From March 2012, CSS has been accredited with the IATA certification, which dictates the quality standards in the Air Freight operations. CSS Air Freight division is a proven success in the realm of its operation.

About IATA:

IATA is an international trade body, created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines. Today, IATA represents some 240 airlines comprising 84% of total air traffic. The organization also represents, leads and serves the airline industry in general.


  • IATA was founded in Havana, Cuba, in April 1945.

IATA Offices

  • IATA has 63 offices in 60 countries
  • Head Office: Montreal, Canada
  • Executive Office: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Regional Offices in Amman, Beijing, Brussels, Johannesburg, Madrid, Miami, Moscow, Singapore, Washington

Our mission at the Air Transport Industry’s side

Air transport is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is its global trade organization. Over 60 years, IATA has developed the commercial standards that built a global industry. Today, IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Its members comprise some 240 airlines – the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines among them – representing 84% of total air traffic.


IATA seeks to improve understanding of the industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national and global economies. It fights for the interests of airlines across the globe, challenging unreasonable rules and charges, holding regulators and governments to account, and striving for sensible regulation.


IATA’s aim is to help airlines help themselves by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency. The groundbreaking Simplifying the Business initiative is crucial in this area. Moreover, safety is IATA’s number one priority, and IATA’s goal is to continually improve safety standards, notably through IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Another main concern is to minimize the impact of air transport on the environment.


IATA ensures that people and goods can move around the global airline network as easily as if they were on a single airline in a single country. In addition, it provides essential professional support to all industry stakeholders with a wide range of products and expert services, such as publications, training and consulting. IATA’s financial systems also help carriers and the travel industry maximize revenues.

For the benefit for all parties involved:

For consumers, IATA simplifies the travel and shipping processes, while keeping costs down. Passengers can make one telephone call to reserve a ticket, pay in one currency and then use the ticket on several airlines in several countries.

  • IATA allows airlines to operate safely, securely, efficiently and economically under clearly defined rules.
  • IATA serves as an intermediary between airlines and passenger as well as cargo agents via neutrally applied agency service standards and centralized financial systems.
  • A large network of industry suppliers and service providers gathered by IATA provides solid expertise to airlines in a variety of industry solutions.
  • For governments, IATA seeks to ensure they are well informed about the complexities of the aviation industry to ensure better, long-term decisions.


CSS India Appoints Sastha In Hyderabad

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd appoints Sastha Freight Services Pvt. Ltd as their exclusive agents in Hyderabad. Sastha, which is an accredited IATA, FIATA and FFFAI company, has a proven track record of success in freight forwarding and logistics business. Sastha which is a certified ISO 9001 2008 company owns their own warehouse facility and fleet of vehicles for material transport. By this appointment CSS India gains the opportunity of handling both export and import shipments from and to Hyderabad. Console Shipping Services has got its own presence in 9 major cities of India as of now and is in the path of expanding.

CSS Group @ Breakbulk Antwerp 2012

Exhibiting for the first time in 2008 at the Breakbulk Antwerp Exhibition, CSS Group makes it highly anticipated return to this extremely successful exhibition. Having exhibited each year since 2008 at the Breakbulk exhibitions in Asia and America, CSS Group now returns to Antwerp, where it all began.

Breakbulk Europe is the largest and most important gathering in Europe for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional Breakbulk cargoes. It is where shippers have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, forwarders, ports, terminals and packers who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized cargoes with unique handling requirements.

Exhibitors include the world’s major carriers, forwarders and ports that handle specialized heavy-lift, project and Breakbulk cargoes. In addition to a bustling exhibition floor, Breakbulk Europe will feature a 2-day conference with top speakers addressing industry issues. The in-depth program will delve into today’s most pressing Breakbulk transportation topics. Speakers will also discuss the hottest regions for Breakbulk and project cargo, and review sectors such as oil and gas, and other power generation markets. ??Don’t miss out on this key industry conference & exhibition.

Please visit CSS Group in Hall 1 @ Booth # 532H1.

May 22-24, 2012

The Antwerp Expo, Antwerp, Belgium

Key Facts:

  • Over 4300 participants attended Breakbulk Europe 2011
  • Meet with over 180 international exhibitors and sponsors
  • Network and debate in the senior level conference

If you wish to set up an appointment on a specific day or time, kindly contact us by email: infoprojects@cssdubai.com
We look forward to meeting you in Antwerp!!
For further information, please visit: www.cssgroupsite.com

Portever Visits CSS Mumbai

A warm and cordial welcome was extended to Shadow, of Portever shipping, when she visited the Mumbai office of Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd. CSS has always been keen in enriching its agency relations. Shadow’s visit at CSS was to strengthen its business relations and to increase co-operation in all areas of operation.

Situated at Ningbo–a beautiful port city on the China East Coastline in Zhejiang Province, Portever Shipping Ltd. was established in 1995 and is one of the oldest NVOCC in Ningbo. With over 300 professional staff that are specialized in consolidation business, FCL, and customs clearance, Port ever Shipping Ltd was approved by China Ministry of Communications in August 2002 and became an NVOCC.

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd, a leading NVOCC in the region where it operates, was established in the year 2004. CSS Mumbai with its highly professional team has always been consistent in providing the best service for its agent’s world wide. They offer services in LCL, Sea-Air/ Sea- Land Transportation, Sea freight, Buyers consolidation, Air freight, Customs clearance, Projects Handling, Warehousing, Supply chain & Logistics. CSS and Portever had always enjoyed a warm and healthy relationship which benefitted both parties in elevating its business ranking.

CSS Attends Peters & May Annual Meeting Dusseldorf – Germany

CSS VP Business Development, Ken Dinnadge and Edward Morgan, CSS/Peters & May-Yacht and Marine Logistics Manager recently attended a global gathering in Dusseldorf, Germany in order to discuss ways to further enhance relations with the Peters & May global team as well as to discuss operations and commercial strategies.

As Peters & May is going through some restructuring and reengineering attending this global meeting was crucial in order to offer a broader range of services as well as to ensure the global network is focusing on emerging markets and their core business.

Peters & May Ltd., a marine logistics company, manages and handles the transportation of boats, yachts, and associated marine peripherals. It arranges and handles boat/yacht transportation via air, sea, and road; arranges shipping for masts and urgent spares, marine equipment and supplies, and support containers; and assists its clients in various aspects of event management and provides logistics support for sporting, marketing, and commercial projects. The company also offers documentation services for shipments; and air courier services for documents and parcels. Peters & May Ltd. was formerly known as Taskmarsh Limited and changed its name to Peters & May Ltd. in April 1989. The company now has a global network, which includes CSS in the Middle East region.

“We were delighted that so many of our network of Peters & May agents were able to come together in Dusseldorf, especially those who came from as far away as the UAE and America. To have so many experienced marine transport professionals in the same place was a real privilege. We are aware that, now more so than ever before, our team is our strongest asset and we made some great steps forward during our time together in Germany to ensure that we maintain the industries faith in us as the world’s number one boat transport provider,”added David Holley, CEO, Peters & May Group.

CSS VP Business Development, Ken Dinnadge said, “This was an excellent meeting as well as a good opportunity to put names to faces in order to further strengthen relations as well as discuss business diversification across the Global Marine sector.”

Ken and Edward attended this year’s Dusseldorf boat show in order to meet potential as well as existing customers who are looking at the Middle East region for all of their global yacht and marine logistic needs.

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