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Lighthouse - July, 2012.

Chairman’s Message

It is no understatement to say that the world is eagerly awaiting the 27th July when London opens the 2012 Olympic Games. It’s an occasion when nations come together with heart and soul, to display the talents they have been grooming over the past four years.

The Olympic Opening Ceremony parade will feature 10,000 athletes from 205 nations. CSS wishes all the participants, the host nation and nations taking part, good fortune for a memorably enjoyable triumphant event. The news that former “Beatles” member, Sir Paul McCartney, will take part in the closing ceremony caused my mind to drift away onto the parallel business prospects the Olympics brings opportunities should always be grasped and the potential from the commercial aspects behind this world event are, in many ways, unimaginable. London’s economy is projected to grow by $80 billion by 2015 and carry along its wake many more prospects for the country. But this does not happen, “as if by magic”. It needs objective focused planning. The scenario with shipping and logistics is similar. Just like the Olympics, the numbers involved in the amount of cargo movement, in and out of a country, are huge and many of our friends will gain from this. But it needs strategic planning and a wide overall vision to convert the possibilities, from such occasions, into profitable returns.

Discussions at recently held business events, where we shared experiences and ideas about shipping and logistics, are gatherings which enable everyone to hone their skills. This is so important in helping to develop progressive strategies. We need to act on them and accept new challenges in true Olympic spirit: “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. With such a long lasting motto, driving us, we may all look forward to a great business season ahead of us.

I hope you will enjoy reading this edition of “Lighthouse”.

CSS Group Attends GPLN Global Annual Meeting

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

CSS Group was pleased to be the exclusive sponsor for the GPLN Annual Meeting Cocktail reception that was held onboard the Ming Dynasty imperial vessel on May 9th 2012. The “Cheng Ho” allowed participants to soak in attractive sights of little vessels anchored in Marina South Pier bay, The Singapore Flyer, Sentosa Cove, Tanjong Pagar Container Port – the busiest in the world by shipping tonnage and the coastline of Singapore’s pleasure isle, Sentosa.

TS Kaladharan, Chairman, Raj George, Senior Vice President Ocean Freight,  Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, Chandrakala, Asst. Manager NVOCC and Amal Hareendran, Coordinator, Projects, Oil & Energy department attended the GPLN Annual Meeting Cocktail reception representing CSS Group.

Raj George, Senior Vice President Ocean Freight, CSS Group and Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain represented CSS Group during the 2 day GPLN Annual Meeting whereby they were able to network with various members discussing various trends and market forecasts within the industry.  “It was an excellent opportunity to meet a multitude of partner companies to discuss past, current and future business, exchange sales leads, and develop a range of business possibilities within the GPLN Network,” added Raj George.

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 Partners with HOLSHIP

CSS Group is pleased to announce they have recently partnered up with the HOLSHIP Group & Global transport provider in Scandinavia to better service the Scandinavian market for the various customers here in the Middle East and Sub continent market.  “We are excited for this new partnership with HOLSHIP and we look forward to continually build upon our business relationships globally.  This new alliance will further expand our global coverage so that we are better positioned to service our clients irrespective of cargo origin or destination,” added CSS Group Chairman, TS Kaladharan.

HOLSHIP is based in the Scandinavian countries and work with a worldwide network of professional agents and CSS is delighted that they have selected the CSS Group to partner with due to similar DNA in the way both companies currently operate.

HOLSHIP, like CSS offers various modes of transport such as road, sea and air freight services to and from all the world’s destinations. They also offer warehousing, quality control, labelling, handling of customs formalities, certificate applications, bonded warehousing and distribution as part of total logistic solutions. At HOLSHIP they have a group of experts controlling and minimizing logistics expenses and maximizing efficiency when it comes to import and export to and from the Nordic Region. They focus on delivery quality and a personal contact between customers and their network partner offices.

“It is with great pleasure to announce the cooperation with our new partner in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, CSS Group. We are looking forward to the cooperation and to build the partnership to new heights,” said Michael Ranners, Director Business Development, HOLSHIP. CSS, VP Business Development Ken Dinnadge added, “We are all delighted at CSS in this region about the new alliance and look forward to growing our business together with HOLSHIP.”


HOLSHIP was founded in 1967 under the name Holbæk Shipping & Spedition. The main focus was stevedoring and road freight. Seven years later Kent Ranners began his shipping agent career in the company. In 1985 Kent Ranners took over the company and paved the way for an international approach to the market situation. Soon the name HOLSHIP was announced. ‘Global transport – local service’ is the motto for the re-named company. In 1994 a new era began with offices in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Finland and with the development of complementary services like warehousing and other third-party logistics solutions.


1967    Holbæk Shipping & Spedition was established.
Stevedoring and truck service was the main part of the business.
1976    Kent Ranners started in Holbæk Shipping & Spedition.
1985    Kent Ranners took over Holbæk Shipping & Spedition.
1990    An international name is essential now, while trading with the US and the Far East is growing rapidly.  Therefore Holbæk Shipping & Spedition changes the name to HOLSHIP.
1994    HOLSHIP UK was established in order to provide truck service between Denmark and England.
1996    HOLSHIP Norge was established.
1999    HOLSHIP Sverige was established.
2000    C.R. HOLSHIP was established in Køge as a result of the fusion of CR     Shipping and HOLSHIP.
2001    HOLSHIP Finland was established and situated in Helsinki Airport.
2005     The HOLSHIP Group focused on the Scandinavian market and closed down HOLSHIP UK.

FPS Group AGM 2012

FPS Group Annual General Meeting would be held at the NH Marina hotel, Genoa, Italy from the 23rd to 26th October 2012. The group member’s executive summit will be held on the 23rd and the annual general meeting would be held on the 24th. This will be followed by one-to-one meetings on the following days of 24th and 25th. The entire programme will be garnished by cocktail receptions and gala dinners. The AGM would be an excellent opportunity for all the group members to share and discuss the business growth and strategize for the next year. The annual general meeting is an important occasion in the FPS calendar, which provides the unique chance for its members to participate in business discussions, hear presentations and talks on specific topics by experts and express your views. CSS Group looks forward to attend the FPS AGM  in the most scenic Italian ambiences and to participate with other members.

For Information and Bookings: Cindy Ko Tel: 852 2599 0508 or Email : group-adm@fps.com.hk

CSS Homeward Bound For IELA


CSS Homeward Bound will be attending its first IELA (International Exhibition Logistics Associates) Congress and Partnering Event to be held from June 27-29, 2012 in Barcelona at the world-renowned Hotel Arts, Port Olimpic.

Massimilano Spina, VP Freight Forwarding CSS will be representing CSS Homeward Bound during this time. “This is an excellent platform to meet with industry leaders and find ways to grow our business mutually and with over 211 registered decision makers representing 156 companies from 47 countries. The IELA congress will be an excellent platform for CSS Homeward Bound to meet the criteria of becoming IELA affiliated”, added Massimilano.

The International Exhibition Logistics Associates (IELA) is a worldwide trade association dedicated in enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition industry.

IELA, a union of internationally experienced professional exhibition freight forwarders enables you to concentrate on the construction and presentation of your exhibits. In addition they will also look after everything else: customs clearance, vehicle loading and unloading, forklifts, cranes, manpower, packing, translations, storage, on-site office facilities, etc.

The 2-day congress allows members and non-members an opportunity to network and explore mutual business opportunities in a formal networking gathering along with social functions such as cocktail receptions and an industry gold day.

IELA members provide their clients, organizers and exhibitors alike with a first class service and immediate access to specialist event logistics solutions at major and minor exhibition and event venues anywhere in the world.

IELA members are experts in:

  • Customs Clearance
  • Documentation Assistance
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Lifting & Cranage
  • Logistics Planning & Implementation
  • Manpower Provision
  • Packaging & Crating
  • Site Supervision
  • Temporary Importations
  • Vehicle Loading & Unloading

New Face For CSS Homeward Bound Website

CSS Homeward Bound is pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website. Designed with a fresh innovative appearance the website has a plethora of features to assist our users in product/service selections in a user-friendly format along with information about our latest products and services.  The new website is designed to allow users to quickly find the content they are looking for.
From a marketing perspective the new website enables CSS Homeward Bound to lead the way in how we communicate with our customers, through regular updates and innovative technology that we are embracing including Facebook and Twitter.
With a growing focus on digital and social media, CSS Homeward Bound has also set up Facebook and Twitter accounts, as a form of communicating with our clientele.

CSS Group Attends Powerlogistics Asia 2012 Conference And Exhibition

The very first PowerLogistics Asia 2012 Conference & Exhibition took place in Singapore at the luxurious five star Marina Bay Sands Singapore Expo & Conference Center on May 7th – 8th, 2012.

The first PowerLogistics Asia 2012 brings together the providers of project logistics services and products with the consumers of said services. This noteworthy event grew out of the vacuum of Singapore being a major international hub for project logistics, with no conference or exhibition that specifically addresses this market directly. PowerLogistics Asia 2012 was designed to fill this need.

Companies taking part in the conference and exhibition ranged from project forwarders, vessel owners, charterers, and other service providers to the project logistics industry as well as consumers of the project services.

PowerLogistics Asia creates the ideal marketing platform for project logistics professional to find out what is going on in their industry, to promote their products and services to a dedicated target audience of a solid number of senior executive project logistics conference delegates from Asia and around the world.

The concurrent two days conference featured nearly twenty world-class senior executive level speaker (topics) highlighting the latest issues effecting the development of project logistics throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as latest developments in chartering, shipping and lifting and handling for the oil and gas, energy, heavy engineering and mining industries.

Representing CSS Group during this conference & exhibition was Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, Chandrakala, Asst. Manager NVOCC and Amal Hareendran, Coordinator, Projects, Oil & Energy department.  “During the two day conference & exhibition there was ample opportunity to network with all participants to discuss various trends and market related topics globally which at the end of the day is one of the most important aspects of this event,” added Chandrakala.

“This two day exhibition of the region’s best known international project logistics companies and sponsors provides the ideal marketing platform to promote CSS’ products and services to a dedicated target audience of 250 senior executive project logistics conference delegates from Asia and around the world,” added Amith Horra.

Projects @ A Glance


CSS Projects, Oil & Energy division of Consolidated Shipping Services successfully handled the export of 6 fire fighting vehicles & 4 water tankers with pumps. The shipment was transferred from the shippers yard on low beds and moved to Jebel Ali Port and loaded RORO onto the vessel to Umm Qasr. The shipment was roughly 745 CBM and was successfully handled by the projects team at the prime location. The shipment was executed as per schedule while ensuring maximum client satisfaction.

Yacht Movement

Consolidated Shipping Services and Peters & May imported and executed the discharge of Princess P64 Yacht. The shipment was collected in Poole, loaded in Southampton, and discharged in Jebel Ali for transit on its own keel to Doha. The shipment was about 836 CBM and was carried in vessel CMA CGM. The dedicated teams of Yacht and Marine Logistic specialists were onsite overseeing the logistics operation of the offloading activity in the early hours of the day.

CSS and Peters & May were also involved in the export of a 2002 Sunseeker Manhattan 78 approximately 1064 CBM was loaded into Leda Maersk container ship sailing from Jebel Ali to Genoa. The yacht was loaded onto the vessel with the help of specialist divers and special lifting crew from DP World supervised by the CSS team at the prime location.

CSS at Breakbulk Europe 2012

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

During the Breakbulk Europe exhibition, visitors and participants from all over the world learnt about the current business challenges & opportunities facing shippers within the traditional Breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo markets. Various visitors to the show came from industries such as, financial, logistics, project, transportation, operations and distribution management from Shippers, EPCs, BCOs, manufacturers, freight forwarders, transportation providers, ports and terminals, technology & equipment providers, and government agencies.

Over the 2 days of Breakbulk Europe, many topics were discussed with conference delegates pertaining to various topics such as, Combating the Scourge of Piracy, The Changing Emphasis on European Short Sea Shipping, Ports, Roads & Rail Development in India, New Future for Energy Generation and many more.

Janet Plume, content director of Breakbulk Magazine & Events, and Walter van Mechelen, chairman of Alfaport Antwerpen, provided opening remarks, followed by a keynote address on trends and forecast for the power generation market by Sandro Lepori, director of logistics, Alsom Ltd.

A panel of industry experts provided a general session on the future of the multipurpose vessel fleet, followed by a panel on compliance. The day’s conference agenda closed with a panel on project forwarding.

In addition to the program, attendees toured the record 200 booths at the Exhibition Hall, along with networking at coffee breaks and a network luncheon.

Throughout the day, Allpack, Cordstrap and Maersk provided flat rack cargo safety demonstrations.

CSS Group was well represented during the Breakbulk Exhibition, showcasing a strong presence 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 and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager were in attendance.

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

“Visitors were given a great opportunity to meet the professionals and avail the facilities provided by the exhibitors during the exhibition. CSS Group took advantage of this opportunity to exhibit our products and services by having a direct face-to-face contact with the visitors”, added Raj George, Senior Vice President-Ocean Freight, CSS.

Breakbulk Europe 2012, which concluded May 24 at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, blasted previous conference records with more than 5,000 attendees and 200 booths at the Exhibition Hall.

More people meant far more opportunities to network at coffee breaks, a network luncheon, and with exhibitors and colleagues.

The conference’s second day kicked off with opening remarks and in the final day’s sessions, covering conference panels expertly covered analysis of the Baltic and EPC-shipper logistics management trends.  “In May, we held the largest Breakbulk conference and exhibition to date, with close to 5,000 attendees in Antwerp, Belgium,” said Alli McEntyre, Breakbulk vice president and publisher.

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