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Lighthouse - July, 2013.

Chairman’s Message

Budget meetings invariably provide a welcome opportunity to stimulate invigorating discussions and ideas. The recent budget meeting in Kerala was no exception. Everyone was happy to recognise that the Indian team were doing a commendable job which reflected positively in the budget figures. I join with others in wishing them more success in the future. However; I was a little bemused by the latest news about the Indian economic and trade scenario. On one hand, all the major Indian newspapers were frequently mentioning the infrastructure shortcomings, especially in relation to the shipping and logistic sectors. Whereas on the other hand, Indian exports are showing optimistic trends. But this apparent disparity highlights the need for immediate attention being given to sustaining and developing infrastructure within India’s dynamic democracy. Whilst the fall in the value of the rupee has brought challenges, there have still been creditable export volumes in items such as foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. However; far reaching measures are called for in order to improve the country’s infrastructure including ports, roads and supply chain facilities. This will enable continuing growth within our industry. I am confident that India will, “cruise the adverse currents,” and very soon shine brighter than before. I also have great confidence in CSS India, safe in the knowledge that they will achieve even more flourishing accomplishments in the years ahead. My best wishes to them.

A Visit To CaroTrans New Jersey

The Chairman of CSS Group T S Kaladharan along with Rosh Manoli, Route Development Manager-North America recently visited CaroTrans, the CSS Group’s NVOCC partner at their head office in New Jersey, USA. During the course of their visit to CaroTrans offices, they conducted meetings with Greg Howard, Global CEO, Matt Spartz, VP Operations and Riyaz Jordan, Branch Manager and discussed new opportunities in the market and ways to further develop their relationship.

“In our industry it is important to meet our partners face-to-face to not only strengthen our relationship but also develop new and innovative ideas to better service our clients. The CaroTrans relationship allows CSS to tap into a global market while providing CaroTrans the insight it needs for this region, which is one of the fastest growing in the world. I would like to extend my thanks to the CaroTrans team who made us feel welcome during our time there,”
said TS Kaladharan.

With an increase in demand for value-added global import transportation services, CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC, ocean freight consolidator and longstanding alliance partner to the CSS Group, is strategically expanding its import service operations and coverage in key trade lanes.  In the last twelve months, CaroTrans has expanded its global import service network in key global trade regions including: Asia, North and South America, Middle East and Europe.

“It was our pleasure to host the CSS Group in our U.S. headquarters in Clark, New Jersey and further develop our customer-focused business initiatives and personal relationships.  Since joining forces with CSS Group, we have seen our partnership grow from strength to strength.  The Middle East region has grown into one of our top 10 markets and continues its strong growth trend as we expand the cooperation throughout the area.  Our partnership with CSS has exceeded all expectations and we look forward to building on the solid foundation we’ve established with them,” said Greg Howard.

New Office For CSS Maldives

CSS Maldives has been shifted to a new and more convenient office easily accessible for the clients.

The new office address is:

Consolidated Shipping Services
C/o GO Maldives, 66/17, 7th floor
Cyprea building, Bouthakurufaanu Magu
Male, Republic of Maldives
Tel : +960 330 7242,  Fax : +960 332 3523
Email : info@cssmale.com

Budget Meet 2013


Seeking to strike a right balance between challenges and opportunities, the annual budget meeting of CSS India was held at Estuary Island, a pristine resort, not far away from Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. Managers and key decision makers from all over the Indian offices attended the meeting which was chaired by TS Kaladharan, Chairman, CSS Group. In his inaugural address, he applauded the employees for the tremendous growth that the company has achieved during last financial year. Further, he also emphasized on the immediate necessity for inventing path-breaking approaches to tackle the seamlessly changing turbulent market conditions.

Anil Balakrishnan, Vice President, Business development, CSS Group illustrated various structural processes that can be implemented to enhance the entire system and yield more results in the future. His suggestions were well received by the group and the various technical aspects in relation to the processes were discussed. Budget figures and analysis of each of the CSS Group offices were presented by the respective managers with a key focus on their projections and strategies. The management, while assuring support to the various suggestions put forward by the delegates, also stressed upon investing for a better tomorrow through clever delegation and planning.

CSS Group Chairman highlighted certain new business developments for CSS India which will fructify in the next two quarters. These operations, when executed will open up new trade lanes for the Indian offices. Pointing to the remarkable growth achieved by the southern offices of the company, CSS India Director Jairam KR said that more thrust would be given to developing operations in the region. Presently, CSS Group operates from all gateway ports and cities of India. CSS India plans to have remote satellite presence to boost the rural trade and bring in a major growth of business to the main locations.

Services offered by CSS India include:

  • LCL Consolidation & FCL
  • Multi-modal Operations
  • Ocean freight
  • Air freight
  • Buyers consolidation
  • Customs clearance
  • Projects Management
  • Warehousing
  • Supply chain & Logistics

Rahat Talreja Promoted To VP

Experience is never measured in time but in how much one learns from experiences. And who better to exemplify this than the young, straight forward and dynamic Rahat Talreja , who has recently been promoted to the role of Vice President at CSS India and shall be responsible for adding value to Western and Southern India Imports. A keen learner who also is a trainer and visiting faculty at various reputed MBA schools on International Business and Finance, he has risen from a management trainee who ranked 1st in his post graduation to this senior role in less than a decade in the logistics industry.

Rahat has created a team of highly motivated and trained people in his role at CSS India. He is the oldest member of the CSS India management team, now in the seventh year of operation, and has been a key team member in the success story of CSS India. With his focus on best industry practices and his focus on business financials, he has managed to be highly profit oriented for the company and has upped the bar at every level of professionalism.

We wish Rahat continued success in his endeavors.

Breakbulk Antwerp & CSS

Antwerp hosted the Breakbulk Europe conference from 14 to 16 May, for the eighth year in a row. As the largest breakbulk port in Europe, Antwerp 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.

For the 2013 edition of Breakbulk Europe, the delegation from CSS Group consisted of Sreenath.V, Sr. General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Operations and Narayan Tagore, General Manager, CSS Bahrain.

Breakbulk presents the shipping and logistics fraternity a great platform to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialized carriers, freight forwarders, ports, terminals, packers and equipment companies who have the expertise and resources to handle oversized and overweight cargoes. “In our industry it is important to keep up with market trends and innovations in order to remain ahead of the curve and to provide the best service to our clients”, said Sreenath.V.

In the space of eight years the conference has expanded from 800 to more than 5000 participants from the international breakbulk and logistics world, so that all the 250 available stands are taken up. Shipping companies, shippers, freight handlers, forwarders, port authorities and service providers can follow presentations by various top speakers, as well as networking with local and global breakbulk players.

Breakbulk Europe 2013 was organised by Breakbulk magazine & events. Breakbulk magazine additionally organises similar conferences in North America and China at which Antwerp will host Breakbulk Europe once more in 2014.

Social Outlook Of CSS Group

After the launch of their newly designed website CSS Group has also recently joined various social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter in order to directly interact with their partners and customers.  Social media has become a vital tool in the area of marketing for any company, regardless of industry. The rise of social media has had a definitive impact on print media as companies use it as a interactive tool between its partners and clients. “Here at CSS we hope that through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter we will not only provide new business opportunities, but also allow us to showcase CSS as a key influencer in the global shipping and logistics fraternity,” said Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group .

CSS Yacht & Marine Logistics Adds Specialized Captain Service

CSS Yacht & Marine Logistics now offers clients a specialized captain service that can be used for various services including, taking your boat to the shipyard for maintenance, delivered north or south for the season, or even a cruise out for guests. The CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division guarantees a hassle free experience as they have recently partnered with Captain Philip, a highly experienced Captain well versed with Middle Eastern waters.

“CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics are always on the lookout to find new and exciting ways to service our clients better. The captain service is a niche service providing our customers with specialized needs, a solution to their maintenance/service and travel issues. The captaincy service has been designed keeping in mind everyday problems that yacht owners face, and we look forward to its success in this market,” said Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS Group.

In addition, the captaincy offering from CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics will also create specialized preventive maintenance programs for all vessel systems ensuring the safe health and longevity of your vessels maintenance. The training will include engine oil & fuel filters, generator maintenance, fresh water & black water systems, steering, throttle and shifting systems, air conditioning systems, electrical and electronic systems.

“While owning a yacht allows for many nights on the sea, it also involves a lot of knowledge, care and consistent maintenance of the yacht. Having been in the industry for many years I have seen a large number of yachts in disrepair due to lack of constant maintenance and knowledge about the vessel. By partnering with CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division, we are able to provide their customers not only with a logistics solution but also a service that enables their customers to maintain and enjoy their yacht with a variety of additional services that we are able to offer,” added Captain Philip.


Vessel Operations Training:
A hands on total systems learning experience for the new owner. Increasing your level of expertise, we’ll suggest spare parts and supplies to have aboard and offer practical knowledge to make basic underway repairs.

Captain On Demand Services:
Customers may select their preferred boating day and CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics will take care of the rest including furling and provisional, providing a hassle free day for all the guests aboard.

Professional Maintenance and Repair:
Mechanical Services – Oil Changes, Impeller Replacement, Engine Flushes to clean all engine coolers with Rydlyme. Battery testing and Replacement, Bilge Pump Replacement, Vacuum Flush Toilet System repairs, A/C Repairs, Light Duty Mechanical.

Route Analysis / Planning / Trip Coordination:
CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics Captain services will also assist customers in delivery of the yacht to its destination safely, or for assistance in route planning and trip coordination.

Captain’s Inspections:
Intermittent inspection and operation of all marine and mechanical systems. Run motors, run generators, test batteries, check oil, check transmission fluids, clean air conditioning strainers. Captain Philip will be available to inspect your boat on a schedule tailored to fit both you and your vessel’s needs.

Innovative CSS Divetech Underwater Services

As part of its continued commitment to address the needs of the industry, CSS Group is proud to announce the introduction of CSS Divetech Underwater Services under its portfolio of service offerings by the CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division.

“CSS Divetech Underwater Services provides customers and clients a one stop solution to all their maintenance needs. As part of the CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics offering, CSS Divetech enables us to become a one-stop-solution for all your Yacht and Marine needs. From captaincy services, logistic services and now underwater services, CSS Yacht and Marine Logistics division have become a name to be reckoned with,” added Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS Group.

The CSS Divetech ship maintenance division have developed their expertise to carry out UWILD, general photos, video surveys, anode retrofit, marine growth removal and propeller polishing, epoxy repairs, patch up and blanking and UT gauging.

In addition it also has extensive experience in block placing, break water maintenance, port repair and maintenance, jetty maintenance, quay wall inspection and maintenance, sea bed survey, pile removal, debris clearance, underwater welding and cutting etc.

THLG-Antwerp, Belgium


The 52nd edition of the THLG Conference took place from May 12th-16th in Antwerp in conjunction with the Breakbulk Antwerp exhibition. The representation from CSS Group that attended the annual conference was Sreenath.V, Sr. General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Operations.

“The conference is a great meeting place to network and meet other industry partners like CSS who strive to deliver the best service using their combined know how and expertise regarding this sector. Project logistics is an exciting and growing sector and the conference enabled us to meet new members and learn more about the exciting opportunities they offer that translate into a better service offering for our clients,” commented Sreenath.V, Sr. General Manager, Projects, Oil & Energy/Operations about the conference.

With the united know how, skills, experience and equipment of its membership THLG can cover any movement or transport requirement from a single domestic job to the largest international multi-modal project.  The aim of THLG is to offer clients the united power of its members ensuring a world-wide service of excellent quality at realistic prices

About THLG:

The Heavy Lift Group is an international group of specialized heavy transport companies which combine their forces to offer the best expertise and service according to customer needs.

Members specialize in heavy lift transport by sea, air and overland, outsize cargo movements, crane operations, rigging, machinery installation, and large-scale project forwarding.

The Heavy Lift Group was founded in 1987 by a number of West European heavy lift operators in anticipation of the single European market and has since then expanded into a worldwide group having members in the United States, South America, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia.

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