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Lighthouse - May, 2012.

Chairman’s Message

“I Have a Dream”, the 17-minute public speech, by Martin Luther King Jr., which was delivered on August 28th 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, has always been inspiring to me. It called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

It is said that every idea starts as a dream and I have no doubt that dreams are a fillip in everyone’s life. However there are those who just dream and others who also act on their dreams. This difference creates both world leaders as well as people who just queue up to buy lottery tickets as a gamble for their dreams.

The chances are that we fall somewhere between these extremes just “lounging around”.  But imagine what might happen if we stopped lounging and started acting on our dreams. I believe that dreamers can create a positive culture in any organisation. An employee who dreams, and is able to align their dreams, with a company’s goals, results in both attaining success. If you look into any successful organisation, you can find leaders who encourage their employees to dream for success. Gone are those days where staffs are just managed. Now we need inspiration, similar to Martin Luther King Jr., to attain our corporate goals. It is this style of leadership which brings the creativity needed for success. CSS has been effective in encouraging our employees to dream and innovate. By promoting the further development of this culture we may all enjoy the feeling of being able to say, “I have a Dream” – a belief in a defining moment of excellence, both for ourselves and CSS, where all of us benefit equally together.

CSS Group Attends Breakbulk Antwerp 2012

UBM Global Trade’s 7th Annual Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference and Exhibition will take place May 22nd -24th at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium and will address anticipated industry growth from emerging markets. The program features two days of panel and keynote discussions and as well as workshops and networking events within the heavy-lift and breakbulk transportation sector.

CSS Group will have a strong presence at the Breakbulk Exhibition led by a delegation from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and India.

From CSS Dubai, Raj George, Senior Vice President-Ocean Freight, Siby Kurian, General Manager Sales & Marketing, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager and Deepu S Dev, Marketing coordinator will be in attendance.

From CSS Bahrain, Narayan Tagore, General Manager and from CSS India, Prabhakar Maniyan, Vice President-Projects will be representing their respective regions during the exhibition.

“The Breakbulk exhibitions have proven to be a success for the CSS Group and its network offices and we look forward to exhibiting in the Antwerp show.  It is an excellent platform for industry professionals to network and gain valuable information from the conferences offered,” added Raj George, Senior Vice President-Ocean Freight.

“Breakbulk is and an ideal exhibition for any logistics company to showcase its first class services and product offerings, not only from the Middle East, but worldwide. Year after year, we have witnessed the number of companies and visitors increase, which helps us to identify and target keys segments to grow our business,” said Narayan Tagore, General Manager, CSS Bahrain.

CSS India, Prabhakar Maniyan, Vice President-Projects added, “With the increase of international audiences, specifically sub continent exhibitors and visitors attending Breakbulk Antwerp, it is essential for us to exhibit as we are able to nurture our existing business relationships with overseas clientele along with generating new business that will in turn grow our market share, locally and internationally.”

Highlights from the recently released agenda include discussions of technology issues for the industry, the growing complexity of risks and liabilities in cargo moves and the influence of other shipping sectors on the breakbulk market. In addition, the topic of so-called “giga-projects,” which are creating new challenges amid rising energy demand, will be explored in depth.

“Last year, the Breakbulk Europe conference grew to be our largest event in 2011 at 4,300-plus attendees. We are excited to host even more guests this year. The agenda for Breakbulk Europe 2012 will provide real insight into areas of major growth to even more people in our industry,” said Alli McEntyre, Breakbulk Vice President and Publisher.

UBM Global Trade’s Breakbulk division organizes a trio of major conferences and exhibitions each year — Breakbulk Europe, Breakbulk China and Breakbulk Americas. In addition, three two-day congresses will be added this year: Breakbulk Africa, Aug. 7-8 in Cape Town, South Africa; Breakbulk South America, Dec. 4-5 in Sao Paulo; and Breakbulk India, Nov. 20-21 in Mumbai.

CSS Group Attends GPLN Global Meeting And Power Logistics Conference / Exhibition

Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will be conducting its 9th Annual General Meeting at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore, from May 9- 11, 2012.

Just ahead of the annual GPLN meeting in Singapore, GPLN has provided an excellent opportunity to combine the Annual Meeting event at the same venue with the Power Logistics Conference and Expo on May 7-8, 2012. From CSS Group,  Amith Horra – Marketing Manager,  Chandrakala – Asst. Manager NVOCC and Amal Harendrean – Coordinator, Projects, Oil & Energy department will be representing CSS Group at this Conference/Exhibition.

CSS Group is pleased to be an exclusive sponsor for the GPLN Annual Meeting Cocktail reception to be held in the evening of May 9th, 2012.  Raj George, Senior Vice President Ocean Freight, CSS Group and Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain will be attending the GPLN Annual Meeting representing CSS Group.

About GPLN Annual Meeting:

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 members the face-to-face contact with other GPLN partners whereby they will be able to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost effective manner.

CSS Group Recent Visit To Naouri Group

Continuing to build upon its business relationship with the Naouri Group, CSS Group recently visited their offices in Jordan as part of its initiative to create and sustain a strong alliance as well as strategically position themselves to service the global market.

Raj George, Senior Vice President-Ocean Freight, Ken Dinnadge, Vice President-Business Development and Ahmad Fuad, Branch Manager- CSS Abu Dhabi led the CSS Group delegation during the course of their official trip, where they met with all of the major business heads- Senior Managements of the Naouri Group whereby everyone involved was able to network and determine key sectors of business for both parties to heavily target and develop.

A focus in developing consolidation services to Iraqi clients through utilizing CSS assets and services to establish continuous services from Dubai and other global locations were discussed along with operational aspects and commercial sales/business development were discussed in detail.

“Our trip to Jordan to meet the Senior Management of Naouri Group was an excellent opportunity for both companies to meet and discuss ways in which we can grow our business together. The hospitality extended to us by Naouri Group was exceptional and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved,” added Raj George, Senior Vice President-Ocean Freight.

“We want to convey the message that Iraq is now starting to open up for business which we believe is a unique opportunity for our global partners to participate in”, said Ken Dinnadge, Vice President-Business Development.


Year of Establishment

Naouri Group was established in 1994  and today is a leading group of companies with its core businesses being in the fields of shipping and logistics, and travel & tourism.


Amman –Jordan

Number of companies

17 company

Network of offices

51 offices in Jordan, Iraq and Syria

Number of Employees

+ 650 employees


Shipping and Logistics

  • Shipping
  • Projects
  • Customs Clearance
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Land Transport
  • Cargo Inspection and Testing
  • Packing and Removals
  • Warehousing

Dubai Boat Show 2012 CSS Group & Peters & May

The 20th annual edition of the Dubai International Boat Show took place at the prestigious Dubai International Marine Club from March 13-17th, 2012.  Home to more than 430 boats, the show featured 20 superyachts and an astounding 33 premiers, including 9 world launches and 24 regional launches, highlighting the event’s number one ranking in the Middle East as the leading destination for leisure marine trade and boating enthusiasts.

“The 20th anniversary of the Boat Show marked one of the region’s great milestones within the leisure maritime sector and we highlighted this achievement with our best show ever, from the record number of super yacht builders exhibiting, to amazing investment opportunities to secure optimum purchases on the full-range of boats and products on display, plus the spectacular entertainment and educational opportunities on offer. The boat show brings together the full range of marine offerings and is ‘the’ event on Dubai’s social calendar which is not to be missed,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.

CSS Group and Peters & May exhibited its first class products and services in the Luxury Supplies and Services Area of the Dubai International Boat Show, at stand number LSS-D3.

“This year’s exhibition saw an increased number of traffic within the Luxury Supplies and Services Area. We welcomed quite a few visitors everyday and I was extremely impressed with the quality of leads and networking that took place at our booth,” said Edward Morgan, Manager-Yacht & Marine Logistics CSS Group/Peters & May.

“The Dubai International Boat Show has not only maintained its position as an essential event for the region’s leisure marine industry, over 20 years it has become a vital gateway to the global boating market,” he added.

Following last year’s success, 2012 witnessed the return of the hugely popular Supercar Promenade where visitors were able to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars – such as Bentley Continental Series 51, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé – all of which could be purchased at the show and driven off the site.

The Dubai International Boat Show was open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm to 9:30pm daily.

Yacht Movement

The Yacht and Marine logistics division in CSS Abu Dhabi has recently executed a yacht shipment from Jebel Ali to Beirut. The Yacht AS 52 owned by Mr. Sami Kyriakos of length 15.5 meters, width 4.35 meters, which is roughly 350 CBM, was loaded into the vessel Atlant Trina at the Jebel Ali port. The entire operation was executed under the supervision of Rosaline Nabil, Business Development Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi. CSS along with Peters and May over the years have become one of the leading and reputable partners in the Middle East, within the Yacht and Marine Logistics sector.

Intermodal South America 2012

The 18th edition of Intermodal South America is the leading integrated exhibition and conference event for international trade, logistics, transport and cargo handling in Latin America.

This year as the largest event in the Americas for logistics, cargo transport and international trade, Intermodal South America is focused on offering three distinct benefits to its visitors and exhibitors: networking and relationship-building, technical knowledge exchange via high-quality, content-driven conferences, and the generation of new business opportunities.

The event offers over 500 exhibitors from all over the world, presenting new products, the latest equipment’s and technology innovation and a vast conference program, providing the unique opportunity and experience for more than 50 thousand professionals.

Siby Kurian, General Manager Sales & Marketing CSS Group, represented CSS Group for Intermodal 2012 and said; “By having a presence at Intermodal for past number of years we are able to network and nurture business relationships with our business associates from all continents. Intermodal is an excellent platform for logistic companies to showcase their first class products and service offerings to an international audience.”

Intermodal South America- [2012]?Venue: Transamerica Expo Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil?Date: Apr 10, 2011 – Apr 12, 2012.

New Assignment With Homeward Bound

Massimilano Spina, VP Freight Forwarding has been given the additional responsibility of the relocations department, CSS Homeward Bound. CSS Homeward Bound was setup by CSS Group to meet the ever-growing demand of the relocations among the expatriate community.  Now CSS Homeward bound is well equipped with an experienced and professional team capable of delivering substantial services in relocation of your offices, apartments or villas. Within a short span of time CSS Homeward Bound has been successful in a great number of relocations of households and offices within and outside the Emirates. The professionalism in which we carry out each job has certainly earned us the reputation of being among the top within the industry

“I am extremely delighted to take on the new challenge of overseeing all relocation activities for CSS Homeward Bound.  The relocation’s industry is vast not only in the Middle East but worldwide as many expatriate professionals and organizations choose the Middle East as their home base. I look forward to continually build upon the brand awareness of CSS Homeward Bound both locally and internationally”, added Max.


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


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


  • A member of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)
  • A member of International Association of Movers (IAM)
  • A member of Asian Relocation Association (ARA)

Dubai Export Monitor Shows Continuous Growth Trend

Exports continue to increase fostering growth in Dubai’s manufacturing sector. South and West Asia are top destinations for Dubai products by value, according to Dubai Export Monitor – a yearly publication by the government.

Dubai Exports, an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai, revealed that in 2010, the Emirate has been exporting diverse products, such as gold and precious metals, sugar, plastics and food, in various target export markets particularly in South and West Asia.

“This edition of Dubai Export Monitor report has been compiled to serve as a ready reference to various stakeholders in the four main areas of interest-overall trade trend, regional trade, trade by product and trade by market,” said Saed Al Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Exports.

An important conclusion of the report showed that in 2010, exports sustained the continuous growth trend, while imports to Dubai and Free Zone as well as re-exports have reversed the decline witnessed in 2009. Another important trend was the continuous growth of direct and free zone exports during the past years, followed the positive growth trend of manufacturing GDP, indicating that exporting was a main factor in fostering manufacturing growth during the recession.

Projects @CSS

CSS Tirupur successfully handled and moved solar panels which are used for solar photovoltaic power plants at Nenmani village in Sattur, Tamil Nadu. The movement was carefully planned and executed by the professional projects team of Tirupur. These solar panel movements were executed for Drake and Scull water and power LLC, Dubai, who were the clients. The consignment originated from Malaysia. There were 13,400 units of panels in 7 X 40 and 1 X 20 containers, which comprised of 268 boxes which were of 358.59 CBM. CSS did the entire local clearance procedures and transported the consignment to Sattur. The entire job was challenging and exciting as per the team at CSS Tirupur.

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