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Lighthouse - May, 2013.

Chairman’s Message

A recent study reveals that we may solve other people’s problems easily, but at the same time find it somewhat difficult to determine our own.  It is therefore little wonder that sometimes we have a feeling that the human character is very strange. Everybody, to some degree, is interested in each other’s life. Or, to put it more precisely, everyone is eager about fine tuning other’s life and career. Taking advantage of these facts has meant that the last decade has seen an alarming increase in the number of motivational speakers and trainers in our society. Does anybody actually gain from such speaking discourses? It is probably not as much as some imagine, especially as I believe that nobody can realistically motivate another person. These speakers and trainers can only “inspire”, with their words and deeds. Motivation has to come from with-in, “self- motivation”. Those who get motivated from within can only succeed in life. They are driven by an indomitable spirit.

Such determination was obvious when our CSS team recently experienced wonderful opportunities to be inspirational. Various trade shows and CSS India’s invigorating budget meet, proved to be a springboard for stimulating ideas throughout an interesting season of interactions.

As business behaviours drastically change across the globe we need to equip ourselves for the challenges. What better way is there than to expand the results of the recent study, I mentioned at the start of this message, and instead of just focusing on other people’s problems, we put inspiration foremost in our minds, so we may inspire each other to motivate for success?

Intermodal South America

Intermodal South America Transport Exhibition is the leading exhibition and conference event for international trade, logistic, transport and cargo handling.

It displays over 450 exhibitors from all over the world, presenting new products, the latest equipments and technology innovation and a vast conference program, providing a unique opportunity and experience for more than 45,000 professionals.

This year the CSS delegation was 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.

Siby Kurian, Senior General Manager Sales & Marketing CSS Group said; “We met with several key contacts during the three-day event, which offered great opportunity to increase the potential between The Middle East and Brazil.”

“The profile of Intermodal South America is one of bringing together the key players in the segments of logistics, cargo transport and overseas trade to put the finishing touches to business or to embark on new deals,” said Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager, Ocean Freight, CSS.

For the Director of CSS Abu Dhabi, Arjun Bose, Intermodal is the reference point for the main meetings of international companies. “Opportunities at such conferences are enormous as we meet the key movers in the market at these events,” he concluded.

The 19th edition of the event, at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo, brought together more than 600 companies representing 26 countries, in an area 23% larger compared to last year, and it attracted an audience of 48,500 attendees over three days, with cargo shippers a significant proportion of those attending.

CSS Projects, Oil & Energy

The Projects, Oil & Energy division of CSS Group recently handled a large shipment of steel structures, from Haiphong (Vietnam) to Abu Dhabi. The volume of cargo handled was 5100 cbm as it was from 2 suppliers. CSS Projects, Oil & Energy division chartered a vessel to carry the cargo from Haiphong to Abu Dhabi on behalf of their client. The entire loading operation onto the vessel was done in close coordination with the supplier and vessel owner. To ensure a smooth operation Raj George, Senior VP Projects, Oil & Energy said, “Being present during the loading of the vessel was truly remarkable because of its large volume; I was also able to ensure that all the requirements of the client were adhered to and that the entire operation went according to plan.”

CSS Homeward Bound Attends Inauguaral WCA Relocations Conference

The WCA Relocations is the newest and fastest growing specialty network within the WCA. The group was started in mid-2012 and has already grown to over 75 member offices in 50 countries and 62 cities worldwide. The aim of the group is to provide a platform for household goods and personal effects movers to meet, build business and efficiently find partners globally. With expert partners around the world just a click away, members of the group can deal with peace of mind knowing that each member is qualified.
The WCA relocations hosted its inaugural conference on March 6-7, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event began with a networking cocktail reception with over 100 delegates and attendants. Victor Gomez, General Manager for the network said: “I am delighted with the support the membership has given this new concept. We have lots of exciting plans and benefits soon to come and the progress we have made in six months is hugely encouraging.”
CSS Homeward Bound and CSS India participated in the inaugural WCA Relocations meeting and were able to meet other members and network with them.
It is always an advantage to be part of any inaugural networking meeting of an association and especially an association as big as the WCA. “The Conference was very well organized and the highlight was the perfection in which the one to one meetings were scheduled and how the participants made a point to be present on time and get to know each other and exchange information,” added Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound.
“The Conference was productive for CSS Homeward Bound firstly because of the relationships that were built with many of the members and secondly we have already been able to exchange very interesting enquiries and business strategies”, he added.
With relocations on the rise and the high demand for a strong network of specialized movers, WCA Relocations is looking to innovate and create more value and benefits for all members. An example would be the new mobile application designed to attract more business from companies relocating employees by targeting their HR managers and offering them a unique way to identify items to be shipped.  It can also be used to directly contact members for quotations and onsite surveys. The application offers multiple features for relocations companies as well giving them a means to calculate dimensions, weight and take photos of items at the click of a button. This gives users a more efficient and professional means to complete a survey.

CSS Mumbai Shifts ITS Export CFS To Punjab Conware

In view of providing better service to their clients, CSS Mumbai has shifted its export CFS to a new location of Punjab Conware in Nhavasheva. This new warehouse will have state-of-the art facilities and modern amenities. All consolidation activities will be carried out in this new place which is a custom bonded warehouse with dedicated personnel to ensure the most professional service and smooth movement of shipments.

As per an official statement, the major reason for the shift was due to pilferage, short landings, delayed movement of containers & high extra costs. Previously CSS Mumbai was using CWC Dronagiri for their consolidation activities. This decision is seen as a welcoming change and will definitely enhance the whole process of their CFS activities.

The new address is:

Consol Shipping Services (I) Pvt Ltd
Punjab Conware CFS
Shed # 1, Plot No. 2, Sector 2
Taluka – Uran, District – Raigad
Navi Mumbai – 400 707


Datta Salvi
Tel : +91 22 27242841
H/P : +91 9920754201

Dubai International Boat Show 2013

The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show witnessed high visitor turnout, with tens of thousands of visitors streaming through the gates during the show due to the international recognition it has received since its inception.

Visitors had the chance to view the impressive range of superyachts and boats on display, as well as enjoy a range of family-friendly exhibitions, competitions, prize giveaways and entertainment options.

With even easier access to this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, free Water Taxis were provided by the RTA from Skydive Dubai and Dubai Marina Mall and shuttle buses provided transportation from Gateway Towers at the entrance of Palm Jumeirah. With these services, visitors were able to spend ample time enjoying the vast selection of yachts, boats, and the full range of marine equipment available at show.

Exhibiting their first class Yacht and Marine Logistics services was CSS Group and Peters & May for the 21st Dubai International Boat Show.

“The Dubai International Boat Show is a highly anticipated and vital event for the international marine industry and we are extremely pleased with the visitor and buyer turnout, business activity and high-level networking that has taken place this year,” said Ken Dinnadge, Senior Vice President, Business Development of CSS Group.  “Another trigger for increased demand in yachts and marine logistics has been the improved logistics and infrastructure in Dubai. The marinas are growing tremendously with more and more berthing facilities, prompting more people to consider it as a lucrative investment,” said Ken.

“We focus on high-end, personalized yacht and marine logistic services to help clients buy the perfect product to make them happy; something that potential buyers at the Dubai International Boat Show are looking for,” said Dave Holley, CEO, Peters & May.

The Dubai International Boat Show took place from March 5th-9th, 2013 at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), Mina Seyahi

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CSS, Peters & May-Yacht & Marine Logistics-Aboard The world’s Largest Containership

CSS was excited to be involved in a shipment that required the use of CMA CGM MV Marco Polo, the largest container ship in the explorer class owned by the CMA CGM Group. On 7th January, 2013 the CMA CGM MV Marco Polo became the largest containership in the world to call at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port, measured by capacity it can hold 16,020 TEU’s.

“CSS Group was established to be involved in the first ever call of the world’s largest containership,” said CSS Group’s, VP Business Development, Ken Dinnadge. “We had three brand new yachts loaded on board from Southampton, UK for Princess Yachts customers here in the UAE and Qatar which had to be handled with care in order to be delivered in perfect condition.”

Whilst this was a complex operation that included Peters & May, the carrier, CMA CGM, CSS Group, Dubai Clearing and forwarding agent, DP World, the receiving port, the organization and commitment to customer satisfaction was showcased through the excellent teamwork and preplanning that was undertaken to ensure all went accordingly to plan.

Nishith Kothari, JSL Cargo stated “We truly appreciated the way the team worked, and the constant updates we received from your back office were extremely helpful. In short, we had a very good experience working with CSS, and I would like to thank you for giving us the pleasure of coming on board the world’s largest vessel.”


Owned by French shipping company CMA CGM it began its first voyage as the world’s largest containership from Ningbo, China.

Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea, the Marco Polo is an engineering masterpiece measuring 396 meters long, 54 meters wide, with a draft of 16 meters. By the end of next year, two more of these will be delivered, all to be named after great explorers.

It shows the expertise of the group’s teams, who are able to handle not only the very technical piloting of the ship but also its commercial operations.

Their entire network of 400 agencies all around the world is active to ensure the successful launching of this ship.

Emirates SkyCargo Recognizes Achievements Of UAE Forwarders-CSS Group

Emirates SkyCargo recently presented its top forwarders with special achievement awards at a dedicated event held at the Atlantis Hotel, situated on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. These awards recognized cargo forwarders and organizations for their efforts throughout the year.

In congratulating the top performing forwarders from across the country, Emirates SkyCargo presented Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C. an award in recognition of their continued support.

“We are extremely honoured to be awarded by Emirates SkyCargo in recognition of our continued support towards growing the Cargo industry. The continued efforts and long term business relationship is a true testament to our partnership success,” added TS Kaladharan, Chairman, CSS Group.

“The forwarders we work with are an integral part of our accomplishments in achieving growth across all of the markets that we operate in,” said Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo. “It is important to commend their hard work, for we rely on their quality service and support around the clock on a daily basis; it’s a 24 operation we’re running and they work with us every step of the way.”

About Emirates:

Emirates consist of a young and efficient fleet of nearly 200 aircraft, including 10 freighters. Its route network spans 132 destinations in 77 countries on six continents, ensuring significant global reach and connectivity among the trade routes of the world. With Dubai as its hub, UAE-based agents are an important part of cargo handling activities on the ground.

Spatial Global Visits CSS Group

Spatial Global is an associate partner of CSS Group for developing the trade lane between the Gulf and the UK. The strong presence of CSS Group in the Middle East region was the key factor which brought the two groups together.

In March 2013, Bryan Hindle, Managing Director and Rachel Morley, Freight Manager, Spatial Global recently visited the CSS Group offices in the United Arab Emirates whereby both companies were able to meet and discuss various strategies to grow their businesses and continue to strengthen their business relationship.

CSS Air freight division Senior VP, Ahmed Al Rais and its General Manager, Jacob Isaac strongly believe that the association of both aggressive agents and focused drive of Airfreight consolidation ex UK with Spatial Global, continue to bring in long term mutual benefits to the companies and clients.

CSS Group @ Breakbulk China 2013

The 2nd Annual Breakbulk China Conference and Exhibition was held during 12th to 15th March in the International Exposition Center in Shanghai, China. More than 130 enterprises have attended the Exhibition, covering many sectors of shipping industry, such as ship-owners, freight forwarders, and equipment providers. This year’s topic was “Targeting Sustainable Growth.”

CSS Group participated as a first time exhibitor in Breakbulk China, showcasing its first class products and services to an array of visitors.

As a bid supporter for the Dubai Expo 2020, CSS Group showcased the Dubai Expo 2020 logo on its booth graphics and throughout its corporate material.

Breakbulk China 2013 is the largest conference and exhibition in Asia addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logisticians and CSS Group’s delegation was headed by the Chairman of CSS Group, TS Kaladharan, Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, Ajay Krishnan, Senior Manager Ocean Freight, CSS, Arjun Bose, Director CSS Abu Dhabi, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager CSS and Chandrakala, Asst. Manager, NVOCC Ops CSS.

CSS’ booth was strategically located within the exhibition centre whereby there was an abundance of foot fall traffic which generated numerous inquiries and discussions at the booth.

Breakbulk China is one of three annual breakbulk and project cargo transportation conferences & exhibitions organized by Breakbulk Events, a division of UBM Global Trade, alongside Breakbulk Europe (Antwerp Expo May 13-16 2013) & Breakbulk Americas (Ernst N Morial Convention Center, New Orleans LA USA September 24-26 2013).   www.breakbulk.com

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