Chairman’s Message

I am extremely happy to announce the commencement of CSS operations from one of the most beautiful parts of this globe, the Maldives. This will be the 09th CSS office in the Sub-continent region. I am sure that this is a moment of pride for everyone.

As Group Chairman, it is an opportune time for me to especially thank the entire members of our CSS Family, who have relentlessly worked towards achieving this goal. We must carry forward our commitment and dedication, to ensure that we resolutely continue to uphold our promises and fulfill the trust which has been bestowed on us by our business associates and network partners. Over the years we have been successful in honouring our commitments and gaining respect, amongst the shipping and logistics community, for our Group.

The term TEAM when expanded becomes “Together Everyone Achieves More”. This meaning holds true in all our endeavours. The right proportion of human resources, with an attitude to respond positively at any appropriate time, engenders a successful team. We, at CSS have always demonstrated high spirits of team work, enhancing the skills of coordination and communication clearer and sharper. It gives me a sense of pride to acknowledge that the development of CSS in the Middle East and the Sub-continent is sailing forward and promises to deliver remarkable growth. Because of our dedicated, progressive and dynamic team the only way is “UP”!

Dubai Boat Show March 2013

CSS AND PETERS & MAY TO SHOWCASE AT THIS PRESTIGIOUS EVENT

The Dubai International Boat Show 2013 is the largest, most important and most established event of its kind in the region and is one of the fastest growing leisure marine industry exhibitions in the world attracting more than 26,000 visitors. The 21st edition of the event will be a classic showcase of yachts, yacht and marine logistics exhibitors, supercars, equipment and supplies from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine industry.

CSS Group and Peters & May have teamed up yet again to showcase their first class products and services for the 2013 Dubai International Boat Show. Their expertise in yacht and marine logistics provides an excellent platform to participate as exhibitors highlighting this show as an important exhibition on their events calendar. This year they will be located within the British Marine Federation United Kingdom pavilion at stand number NGP-J18.

CSS VP of Business Development, Ken Dinnadge commented, “We are delighted to have the experience and expertise operationally to service both the regional and global market for Yacht & Marine Logistics with Peters & May. As an established leader within the Yacht and Marine Logistics fraternity, CSS and Peters & May believes that the Dubai International Boat Show has not only maintained its position as an essential event for the region’s leisure marine industry, over 21 years it has become a vital gateway to the global boating market.”

Dubai International Boat Show will have an astonishing selection of the newest boat models, supercar promenade and the related accessories. A mass of professionals from across the world will visit this exhibition and will get an opportunity to interact with their customers and suppliers as it provides an outstanding occasion for all its exhibitors from all over the world to expand their business and work with international companies.

The Middle East has long been associated with the world’s most luxurious superyachts. According to Superyacht.com’s 2013 forecast, 60% of the Top 100 superyachts are owned by Middle East residents. In addition, 55% of the Top 20 superyachts in the world currently have Middle East owners.

The 21st Dubai International Boat Show will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi from March 5-9, 2013 and will be open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily.

Dave Holley CEO of the Peters & May global group of companies commented, “Peters & May are once again delighted to be involved with the 2013 Dubai International Boat Show. Peters & May is a truly global operator and with strategic offices we can offer clients the personal service. CSS/Peters & May Dubai is perfectly positioned to assist yacht owners, brokers and dealers in this complex and growing market. This year we supported a number of clients in delivering their pressures cargo to the show on time and on budget. We look forward to the Dubai International Boat Show and working closely with Ken and the entire CSS team.

CSS Group @ Breakbulk China 2013

In recent years, China has increasingly garnered the global spotlight with its growth in exports and imports of breakbulk and project cargo. China’s dynamic economy has become not only a huge consumer of raw materials and finished commodities for domestic use, but also a supplier to foreign infrastructure construction projects and one of the world’s leading investors in countries seeking to boost their economies through development of natural resources that are both produced by and delivered to China. CSS Group will be participating as a first time exhibitor in Breakbulk China with its first class products and services to an array of visitors.

Breakbulk China 2013 is the largest conference and exhibition in Asia addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logisticians and CSS Group will be at the forefront of this exhibition. By securing its booth well in advance and strategically located within the exhibition centre, the delegation from CSS in attendance will be Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, Arjun Bose, Director, CSS Abu Dhabi, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager CSS and Chandrakala, Asst. Manager, NVOCC Ops CSS.

Breakbulk China’s targeted programming will ensure that you develop skills and strategy to help you do your job more effectively.

Commenting on the Breakbulk China Exhibition, Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy said, “Breakbulk China is an excellent avenue to network and connect with over 130 exhibitors and sponsors that provide specialized products and services within the breakbulk and project logistics sector. Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, ground transportation, heavy air, export packers, equipment companies and more. Our presence in Breabulk China is vital as we are able to network and connect with business associates from around the globe.”

Attending his first Breakbulk Exhibition is Arjun Bose, Director, CSS Abu Dhabi and he added, “In a competitive business environment exhibitions are vital to raise market awareness and develop new markets; they have become crucial across the globe as they are an important promotional tool for your business. This show helps us to develop further contacts and also help boost our ties with our existing vendors and operators.”



“Breakbulk China is an excellent avenue to network and connect with over 130 exhibitors and sponsors that provide specialized products and services within the breakbulk and project logistics sector. Exhibitors and sponsors include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, ground transportation, heavy air, export packers, equipment companies and more. Our presence in Breabulk China is vital as we are able to network and connect with business associates from around the globe.”

CSS Announces Opening Of CSS Maldives

IN COLLABORATION WITH ORIENTAL EXPRESS PVT LTD., A LEADING SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS PROVIDER IN THE MALDIVES

As part of its global expansion CSS Group is proud to announce the opening of its CSS Maldives office. As the latest addition to CSS Groups’ worldwide network, the CSS Maldives office opened on February 1st 2013, in partnership with Oriental Express Pvt Ltd.

ABOUT ORIENTAL EXPRESS:

Started in 1990, Oriental Express has since grown to become a leading service provider of shipping and logistics solutions. As a homegrown business, Oriental Express has developed a strong network with the region and also owns and operates Oriental Ocean Express, Sri Lanka.

It is Oriental Express’ reputation for local handling and clearance of cargo that sets it apart from other players in the region, and is one of the many reasons why CSS chose to partner with the organization. The combination of CSS’s global network and the strong on ground support that Oriental Express will provide will make CSS Maldives a force to be reckoned with.

Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager Ocean Freight, CSS Group said, “The Maldives provides us with a very challenging business landscape and we have identified a few niche areas where quality supply chain solutions are required. Our local partners, Oriental Express, have a pedigree in local transportation solutions, a combination of their on the ground strength and our network strength will only provide the cargo industry in the Maldives with an unparalleled product.”

As a tourist destination, Maldives gives shipping and logistic providers an exciting opportunity, with resorts being opened at a record setting rate in this tropical paradise. With a growing number of international hotel chains setting up in the Maldives, a number of them are looking for global shipping providers to help them with logistic solutions to enable them to cope with the thriving industry. It is this need that CSS Maldives is looking to explore and develop, using the strong footing and on ground support that Oriental Express will provide.

Zainudeen CEO of Oriental Express Pvt. Ltd said “We are excited to partner with CSS Group, who brings with them an extensive worldwide network and global expertise in shipping and logistics solutions. Given our strength in this region we truly believe that together we will be able to provide our clients with an unparalleled product in this region.”

ABOUT MALDIVES:
Country at a Glance

Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, orientated north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island (the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India) and the Chagos Archipelago. The chains stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometers (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometers (250 mi) south-west of India.

Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.

QUICK FACTS

Time : GMT+5hrs
Capital island : Male’
Total islands : 1,190
Inhabited islands : 200
Resort islands : 105
Population : Approx. 350,000
Major industries : Tourism and Fishing
Currency : Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity : 240 AC
Government
Working hours : 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours : 9:00am to 03:00 pm
Sunday to Thursdays

Intermodal South America 2013

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE INTERMODAL 2013 IS THE EXPANSION OF THE FAIR AREA BY 23%, INCREASING THE EXHIBITION AREA TO 36.000M2.

With 19 years of history, the Intermodal South America is the 2nd largest exhibition for the logistics, cargo transport and international trade in the Americas which brings together the best-in-class vendors from around the world in the four major transport modals (air, sea, road and rail). It is one of the highest profile events for the shipping industry and is recognized as a must-attend event for cargo shippers that are looking for new and innovative solutions for their logistics, cargo transport and international trade strategies.

In three high-impact days of networking and relationship-building, industry-leading service providers can develop strategic partnerships with global vendors and generate new business opportunities through direct access to Brazil’s cargo shippers when they are actively looking for solutions. In addition, cargo shippers can build relationships with key players who can assist in reducing overall shipping costs, increase their to-market delivery times and improve their company’s profit margins.

Intermodal South America is a cost-effective channel for key players to reinforce their communications and brand strategies that are a key part of the customer acquisition efforts. In addition, the brand positioning opportunities within Intermodal South America offer an important platform for leadership positioning to the industry’s top companies, who can play an important role in maintaining price premiums in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Intermodal South America has the distinction of bringing together companies from all segments: road, rail, sea and air. Plus, the event has the participation of logistics operators who develop intermodal transport solutions and the entire chain of service providers of IT, automation and consulting, with a significant participation of ports and port terminals that play a role in the sector value chain.

The issues discussed, the solutions and the business deals closed during the Intermodal South America have a significant impact on the efficiency and productivity of the sector. It is an event already embedded in the international calendar of trade shows and seen by the market as a key partner for the development of the country.

About Intermodal South America 2013

The strength of Intermodal South America 2013 can be seen in the expansion of the area of the fair, which was necessary with the increase in exhibitors and consequently the number of launches, news and new exhibitors. This year the exhibition will accommodate over 36,000 sq.m. of exhibition space, 23% more compared to last year.

In 2013, visitors will have the opportunity to see more than 600 national and international exhibitors, 54 of which are exhibiting for the first time.

CSS participation at Intermodal South America 2013

Siby Kurian, Senior 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 have not only witnessed the growth of the exhibition but have also realised the importance of CSS Group’s participation at such vital exhibitions. Intermodal allows CSS Group to network, nurture and create business relationships with associates from all continents. We look forward to an even bigger Intermodal 2013, and wish all participants, exhibitors and organisers a productive and successful exhibition.”

This year the CSS delegation will be headed by Siby Kurian, Senior General Manager Sales & Marketing along with Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager Ocean Freight and, Arjun Bose, Director CSS Abu Dhabi.

Event details:
Intermodal South America- 2013
Venue: Transamerica Expo Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date: Apr 2nd, 2013 – Apr 4th, 2013

New Leadership

ARJUN BOSE JOINS CSS ABU DHABI

The CSS Group Management is delighted to welcome Arjun Bose to Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C., Abu Dhabi as Director. In his new position Arjun will be responsible for the complete management of the establishment at Abu Dhabi.

On behalf of the entire CSS Group we would like to extend our support to Arjun Bose in all his endeavors and wish him success in his career.

Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C. Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 32454, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 6431717, Fax: +971 2 6431919,
Email: info@cssabudhabi.com, Website : www.cssabudhabi.com

Strengthening Bonds

CSS VISITS ORIENTAL LOGISTICS GROUP TAIWAN



A
s part of its continuous process for building business relationships while promising mutual growth, Siby C Kurian, Senior General Manager, Sales & Marketing CSS, recently visited Oriental Logistics Group in Taiwan. During his interaction with OCL’s Coco Hsiao, Danny Chang, Julia Huang and Allen Tsai, various aspects of freight forwarding initiatives were discussed while continually promoting further enhancements on the Far East/Middle East trade lanes. Commenting on this recent trip, Siby added, “During my time with Oriental Logistics Group-Taiwan, we had an excellent platform to discuss and strategize ways in which both companies can continually grow our brands together. The hospitality extended by OLC was excellent and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for generosity and productive meetings.”

“It’s an honor to work with CSS for over 11 years since year 2002, and due to this excellent business relationship we are able to achieve good business performance in the Persian Gulf area owing to CSS’ well-organized system and complete service of CFS. CSS is definitely our best partner in the Persian Gulf area and we will continue the successful, fruitful and long-term cooperation with CSS for the years to come,” added Allen Tsai, President of Oriental Logistics Group Ltd.

About Oriental Logistics Group Ltd. (OLC) was established and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan in March of 2000. After sometime it established branches in Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Wuxi, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Putian, Fuzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Zibo, Weihai, Jinan, Huangdao, Zhongshan, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Dalian, Zhuhai, Ho Chi Minh and Haiphong. The staff strength has grown from 30 employees in early 2000 to over 900 by 2013. With a professional and experienced team offering excellent service quality, OLC has the honor to pass the severe competition in its marketplace and be listed on the TOP 500 Service Industries in Taiwan for consecutive years in a row.

New Partnership CSS Group Partners With Gateway Container Line From Indonesia

CSS Group has recently identified a leading NVOCC from Indonesia to assist in handling their LCL nominations. Since their inception over 7 years ago, Gateway Container Line has showcased the ability to provide superior service and competitive rates. Their experienced staff provides a high level of customer service to ensure the client’s needs are met; and that the cargo is handled by care in the most cost effective manner.

Projects Oil & Energy Another Successful Movement

Projects Oil & Energy division of CSS recently completed yet another successful movement of Pressure vessels from Hamriya Port in Sharjah to Ras Laffan. The 3 units weighing 53 tons each was a part of the ongoing Barzan On shore Project. As an initial phase a complete route study was undertaken and required permissions and escort put in place prior to the start up.  3 X 6 axle low bed trailers were positioned for the loading and movement of the units to the site. What made this movement more interesting was the height of the units which were 4.9 meters each. This was resolved by well planned route study and the knowhow of the region by our team. The units were delivered on time and the Projects, Oil & Energy division had accomplished yet another successful movement.

New Office For CSS Chennai

Console Shipping Services, Chennai has moved into a more convenient and centrally located office. An official release has been made by the office personnel through email to all the agents and associates. All are requested to update the new address and contacts with immediate effect for maintaining uninterrupted communication with CSS Chennai. Their new address is:

CONSOLE SHIPPING SERVICES INDIA PVT LTD
30/10, “Dev Appartments”, 1st Floor, 1st Main Road,
Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
TamilNadu, India.
Tel : +91 44 24414511,12
Fax: +91 44 24414515

DP World Marks Handling Of 100M Containers In 10 Years

CSS Vice President Business Development, Ken Dinnadge was invited to celebrate a milestone with DP World Senior Management whereby they achieved 100 Million TEUs handled.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, DP World UAE Region, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Vice Chairman, DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World and Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development CSS.

DP World celebrated a milestone achievement in its history when its Dubai ports handled the 100 millionth container to pass through UAE Region terminals in ten years on February 4th, 2013.

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said, “The feat was made possible by the high level of support the company has received from Dubai’s leadership, loyal customers, stakeholders and committed employees.”

The 100 million TEU record was achieved between January 2003 and January 2013 and covers all container boxes handled in both Mina Rashid and Jebel Ali Port. DP World, UAE Region’s annual container throughput increased more than 150 per cent over the decade, from around five million TEU in 2003 to 13.3 million TEU in 2012.

In all, the two container ports have handled 135 million TEU since the opening of Jebel Ali Port in 1979, around 75 per cent of it since 2003.

In a recognition of the crucial roles they have played in DP World’s success story, members of the DP World Alumni Network were invited as special guests to celebrations at Jebel Ali Port where the Chairman unveiled a container box painted in company colours, in the presence of senior officials, including Vice Chairman Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Group Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Sharaf, and Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DP World, UAE Region Mohammed Al Muallem – all of whom have played pivotal leadership roles in the company’s emergence as the third largest global marine terminal operator.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: “DP World owes its success to the vision and support of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Our flagship facility Jebel Ali is counted among the crown jewels of Dubai’s economy. We remain committed to supporting Dubai’s unparalleled position as the region’s commercial hub.

CSS Group was also represented during this landmark moment by Ken Dinnadge VP Business Development, as part of the DP World Alumni invited to this exclusive event. During his tenure at DP World Ken was part of the first commercial team that set DP World on its way to achieving its first million TEUs. Ken Dinnadge said, “The growth of DP World serves as a lesson for ports worldwide, as its success is owed to the vision of the country’s leaders and the Chairman of DP World. On behalf of CSS Group, I would like to congratulate DP World on achieving this tremendous milestone and wish them further success and growth in the future.”

The expansion work currently underway at Jebel Ali includes adding 1 million TEU in new capacity to Container Terminal 2 (T2) during the first half of this year and the development of a 4 million TEU capacity mega Container Terminal 3 (T3) by 2014. When the expansion work is complete, Jebel Ali Port will be able to handle ten of the next generation 18,000 TEU mega vessels at the same time – the only port in the region able to do so.

For well over a year now, DP World, UAE Region has been handling volumes of more than 1 million TEU every month. In 2012 DP World, UAE region handled 13.3 million TEU.

GPLN Annual Meeting Abu Dhabi

Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will be conducting its 10th GPLN Annual Global Meeting at the InterContinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, from April 16 – 18, 2013.

Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group, Arjun Bose, Director, CSS Abu Dhabi, Ahmad Fuad, Asst. General Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi and Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain will be representing CSS Group during the two day GPLN Annual Meeting whereby they will be able to network with various members and discuss various trends and market forecasts within the industry.

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 a 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. It is an 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.

Tianjin Consol Awarded By Samsung Tianjin

On December 5th, 2012 Tianjin Consol International Co., Ltd. were awarded with the prestigious “2012 International Transportation Provider Best Contribution” by Samsung Tianjin.

“Tianjin Consol International Co., Ltd would like to take this opportunity to thank all partners and agents for your care towards to Samsung’s shipments as well as your support and assistance on the annual Samsung’s bidding,” expressed Lane Lan, General Manager Overseas Dept, Tianjin Consol International Co., Ltd.

CSS Group would like to congratulate it long standing business partner Tianjin Consol International Co. Ltd on winning this prestigious award.

ABOUT TIANJIN CONSOL:

As the professional freight forwarder approved by National Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economy, they are also a National Class-A forwarder and a member of Tianjin International Freight Forwarders Association as well. With over 300 staff, well-appointed computerization and communication system they have 8 domestic subsidiaries, including branches and offices, with the head office in Tianjin.

CSS Delivery Order Counter Announcement

CSS will be relocating its Delivery Order Counter in May 2013 from its current location at the CSS Corporate Head Office. The new Delivery Order Counter will be located adjacent to Port Rashid in the Dubai Customs Building.

More details will be available in the May-June issue of Lighthouse and online.

Please visit www.cssgroupsite.com for more information.

CSR @ CSS Alpha Pain Clinic

DANCE AND MUSICAL JOURNEY IN SUPPORT OF ALPHA PAIN CLINIC AT SHEIKH RASHID AUDITORIUM, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The Guest/dignitaries on the dais were Rajesh Rajaram (President, SKVCOSA), Mr. George Neriaparambil (Chairman, Geo Group), Mr. K.M. Noordee (Chairman, Alpha Pain Clinic), Mr. Sanu Mathew (President, AKCAF), Mr. Harshavardhan (CEO, Al Reyami Steel Cons.), Mr. Amith Horra (Marketing Manager, CSS), Col. Gopalakrishnan (Rtd.) Founder President of SKVC OSA along with Mr. Sudheesh Bhaskaran (Secretary, SKVCOSA) and Mr. Vinod Menon (Convenor, SNEHAM).

CSS Group recently participated in the 15th Anniversary Celebration “SNEHAM” a dance and musical journey in support of ALPHA Pain Clinic which took place on January 11th, 2013 at The Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Since their inception in the UAE, over 15 years ago, SKVCOSA has continually embraced the spirit of living and letting live. As alumni they have always believed in supporting charitable initiatives aimed at thebetterment of the less deprived.

“CSS Group was proud to sponsor this event as part of its CSR initiative as it applauds the charitable work that is consistently carried out by SKVCOSA,” added Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group.

This year, the proceeds from the dance & musical show held on January 11th, 2013 were donated to Alpha Pain Clinic, a community-based organization dedicated to palliativecare since 2005. One of the largest providers of palliative care in India. Over the years Alpha Pain Clinic has provided care to 6484 patients from four centers. Palliative care is the total active care of patients with life limiting diseases, which needs a multidisciplinary team with shared goals and vision.

Running For A Reason -Mumbai Marathon 2013

CSS India Director Jairam KR Completes The Half Marathon

It has indeed been rightly said that “A Marathon Is More than Just a Race” and the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon too echoes this statement. The race is not just about crossing the finish line and winning thousands of dollars as prize money. It is in fact an event that is driven by passion and purity of purpose. The Mumbai Marathon is an annual international road running competition over the marathon distance that is held in Mumbai, India, each January.

15th February, 2004 is an important date in India’s distance running calendar. It marks the day when Standard Chartered Mumbai International Marathon made its debut, thereby catapulting India onto the world league of distance running events.

Celebrating a decade of distance running, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 is among the elite class of full marathons to have been awarded the Gold Label Status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is a great celebration of spirit and fitness that underlines and showcases the passion zeal of the citizens of a city, and nowhere is it more visible than in the spirit of giving that accompanies all great city marathons. Today every major city in India has a city marathon but Mumbai stands above other cities in the largeness in its heart and the caring power of its society. Corporate entities and citizens compete amongst themselves by participating in this event for the upliftment of the under privileged.

As a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility and show of solidarity towards a great cause CSS India Director Jairam KR had participated in SCMM and successfully finished the Half Marathon (21.097 KM) in 2 hours and 36 minutes. It was a proud moment for CSS Group as they got real representation in this event.

For the SCMM 2013 the international event ambassador was Haile Gebrselassie, winner of two Olympic Gold Medals, four World Championship Gold medals, four World Indoor Championship Gold medals and has 27 World records to his credit. . The event ambassador was Bollywood actor John Abraham who has been the face of many brands and several causes. But few are as close to his heart as the Mumbai Marathon.

Marathons around the world have been known for their strong bonding with charitable causes. Key to the success of this partnership that seeks to raise funds for deserving causes is strong participation from the corporate sector. The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has earned the distinction of being one of the most elite platforms in India for such causes. The SCMM is India’s single largest fundraiser and the runners rose more than Rs 17 Crore for charity, taking the total amount to Rs 80 crore since the marathon started way back in 2004.The SCMM has earned the distinction of being the most successful fund raising platform for charities in India and Celebrated a decade in distance running events. The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013 got a record with 222 NGOs participation and around 40,000 people – from businessmen to actors, doctors to dabbawallas, VIPs to the plain enthusiast – turned out for the 10th Mumbai marathon, proving once again that it is one of the most glamorous and widely participated sporting events in the country.

Lucky Winner

As part of our continuous commitment to the freight forwarding fraternity, CSS initiated a thank you scheme over 5 years ago, whereby one lucky name out of the scores of business cards that are dropped into the raffle bowls placed at the D/O counter at the CSS Corporate Office and CSLC-1 in Jebel Ali will be rewarded with a gift.

The winner picked selected and rewarded for the months of November- December 2012 was Arumugam from Globe Trekkers LLC who walked away with gift vouchers worth 200 AED from Lulu, presented by Fida Asghar, Team Manager, NVOCC, CSS Dubai.