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Lighthouse - September, 2013.

Making Of Container Terminal 2 At Jebel Ali Port

Jebel Ali Port has seen a steady growth in volumes since its inception. As a key contributor to Dubai’s economic growth and diversification the port witnessed a surge in volumes over the past decade which has resulted in a continual requirement of capacity expansions. It was during this period that the Journey to develop Container Terminal 2 commenced.

The expansion was announced in Aug’2005 by Dubai Ports Authority.

The first phase included development of 1.2km of quay length, 4 berths with 17m depth alongside and 2 million TEU capacity. Container Terminal 2 commenced operations during 2007 bringing capacity of Jebel Ali Port to 11 million TEU and the unique ability to handle the largest vessels in the world at the time. Container Terminal 2 received its first ship – ‘Dubai Discovery’ in the first week of August 2007.

It was during 2007 that Jebel Ali port handled more than 10 million TEU in a single year for the first time. This required the phase 2 development of Container Terminal 2 to be expedited. The project involved developing 1.3km of additional quay, 3 berths and 3 million TEU handling capacity bringing total handling capacity at Jebel Ali to 14 million TEU during 2009. It was also during this period that container handling operations were suspended in Mina Rashid and transferred to Jebel Ali Port.

The development of Container Terminal 2 was a response to our customer’s requirement to increase capacity and efficiencies for the shipping lines to be able to bring in mega vessels into Jebel Ali. The works also involved deepening the channel up to 17 meters Container Terminal 2 is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, including 29 mega Quay Cranes capable of lifting two 40 foot containers or four 20 foot containers in one move from ship to quay or quay to ship. The tandem lift cranes have a capacity of 80 tonnes and when commissioned had the widest outreach in the industry, i.e, they were the largest in the world. The terminal is also equipped with 60 rail mounted gantries (RMGs) rather than the conventional rubber-tyred gantries (RTGs). Jebel Ali Port was the first within the wider region to have this unique capability all increasing handling efficiencies and turnaround time of vessels.

Infrastructure and equipment were complemented by terminal management systems. DP World implemented Advanced Navis Sparks 3.6 operational system in the terminal. This was complemented by terminal gate automation systems, the first port in the region to bring in gate automation resulting in quicker truck turn times and access to market for the importers & exporters. In addition the terminal was equipped with the most sophisticated security system to enhance the security capabilities within the port facilities. Subsequently, Rostima – Labour management system was integrated to the Terminal Berthing and Gate automation systems. This enabled to best deploy labour depending on a number of variables such as vessel arrivals to gate appointments. The system was interfaced with the HR department’s time attendance readers and assigns manpower to points of work through mobile text message notification – matching man to machine on real time information. The first integrated control room for container operations was set up within the terminal – providing comprehensive operational interface for planning, monitoring and control.

Innovation is enshrined in our values and the development of Container Terminal 2 was a testimony to our passion to innovate, implement new technologies and provide an unparalled customer experience.

During 2011, DP World committed to expanding Container Terminal 2 by 400m adding an additional berth and bringing total quay length to 3km. Additional yard will increase handling capacity at Container Terminal 2 to 6 million TEU/annum. The Terminal has the unique ability to handle 6 mega vessels simultaneously. The additional capacity was launched by DP World earlier in 2013.

Expanding Jebel Ali Port’s capacity in line with market demand is part of our commitment to nurture trade and cater to meet the emerging needs of the shipping lines and traders.

Did you knowContainer Terminal 2 was designed to segregate the yard and operations traffic from the vessel traffic with a quay side perimeter fence ensuring safety and maximum efficiency.

New Freighter Hub In Middle East


On request of customers, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo have started operating 14 weekly freighter flights to and from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) from August 1st, 2013. Built for the future, the airport once completed, will have the capacity and state-of-the-art facilities to handle 12 million tons of cargo annually.

With this development, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will be the first and biggest scheduled cargo carrier in DWC. They are already using DWC as a transfer station for some of the Far East freighter routes and it will now become the main hub in the Middle-East, connecting flights between Europe, Asia, Africa, and India along with their freighter stations Muscat, Doha, Bahrain, Dammam and Kuwait in the Middle East. With this move Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo can offer its worldwide customers more main deck frequencies and a wider coverage.

Next to this, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo want to position their fleet closer to Abu Dhabi (AUH), the hub of Etihad (EY) so they can further develop their co-operation by offering seamless connections in the EY network.

DWC as the main future cargo airport of the United Arab Emirates will become the base for all important forwarding agents. In order to organize smooth transfers between Sharjah (SHJ), where currently many forwarding agents are based, and DWC, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will offer seamless trucking solutions.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) will remain the airport for all of the current passenger flights and the handling agent at both airports is ‘Dnata’, to ensure smooth transfers between DXB and DWC.

An ERP Solution For Your Shipping Business? Think Again, Hard!

The global financial crisis of 2008 was quite a while ago but the economic slowdown that followed is far from gone. Being one among the worst hit, the shipping industry still sails through troubled waters.

With profits plummeting, most shipping companies are reluctant to invest in innovation, or anything new, for that matter. There are a few others who think out of the box and see this as an opportunity to equip themselves to meet the fierce competition and offer “more for less”. This is where Information Technology acts as a strategic business enabler and adds value to the business.


So what do you look for when you invest in an ERP software during such hard times? An earlier trend was to choose standard ERP systems and integrate them with internal systems. The downside of this strategy is that the software might not be very relevant to your business requirements. The operational needs of a freight forwarder can never be complementary to those of a container leasing agent. With a standard ERP, you might end up getting something insufficient for your cause or buying more technology than you need.

The most critical factor in successfully selecting an ERP system is identifying what you need to efficiently run your business. After doing an initial ball park analysis for product fit, it is important to review your needs thoroughly and relate them to the ERP solution you have opted for. Ensure that the software comprises of all the modules you need and it is well designed to offer all what you are looking for. Also, the product should be intended for your type of organization.


Keep yourself updated on the latest technologies implemented in the shipping arena while choosing an ERP solution. For instance, the RFID technology is widely used now, owing to its ability to speed up the inventory management. While most shipping companies are still in a pre-cloud stage, some have moved on to use Cloud based solutions, thereby enabling business improvement. Crisis might be a good opportunity to move to a new architecture where solutions are Cloud-based. This will help to integrate new Social Media channels and make use of Analytic tools in the post PC era ruled by mobile devices.


When you are evaluating a solution cost, consider all the aspects including the software, implementation services, ongoing maintenance and the cost of upgrades. All these elements play an equal role to help achieve a quick ROI. In an age of aggressive marketing & attractive discounts, you may be forced to believe that you are getting a good bargain at the time, but high cost of implementation, expensive annual maintenance and pricey customizations will take its toll on your return on investment, perhaps eliminating it totally.


Before you choose an ERP system, see if it offers enough capacity for the growth of your business. Analyze your business thoroughly and forecast your position in the near future, say 5 years or 10. Buy a software that can meet your changing needs in these 5 or 10 years, and not one that is good for the 1st year alone. Very often, companies do not plan ahead. As a result, they are forced to plan an upgrade or overhaul immediately after they are done with the installation of a new ERP system. This can be a very expensive mistake and should be avoided at any cost.

Many ERP vendors today understand that, to exist in today’s competitive market, they need to work hand in hand with their clients to ensure that the implementation of their software is a smooth and fruitful affair for their clients. “Educate and sell” is the new business mantra and this is what we follow with our Shipping ERP solution – FINS. We have utilized our extensive experience in the shipping sector to understand and address the IT requirements of various Logistics services. Over the past 6 years, we have utilized cutting edge technologies and relentlessly studied the shipping sector to fine tune and enhance our ERP suite. And the result – we have enabled our customers to transform the way they do their business. With an increase of 30% in operational efficiency, our clients are a happy lot. We continue to embrace the latest technology trends and push our limits to serve the shipping sector better.

New MD For F.S. Mackenzie

UK member F.S. Mackenzie has promoted Lloyd Smith to the post of Managing Director. Lloyd was previously a director of F.S. Mackenzie, and has been with the company since 2005.

He replaces company Founder and Chairman Alfred Stienen, who is now taking responsibility for the entire group, with a particular emphasis on further international network growth.

F.S. Mackenzie is CSS Group’s exclusive partner in the UK, for NVOCC activities.

CSS Group would like to take this opportunity to wish Lloyd Smith and Alfred Stienen all of the success in their future endeavours.

‘PIN’ The Hacker Down

What do the following conventions all have in common?

16thBlack Hat-Las Vegas, Hacker Halted-Reykayvik/Kuala Lumpur,2ndTHC 2013-Delhi and Def Con-Boston USA? You have probably guessed that they are all concerned with Internet hacking, on-line surveillance and the security of personal information. However there are others who hold an opposing view saying that some attending are actually trying to keep up to date on how to steal data. Governments watch what happens at these conferences whilst those attending, no doubt, watch the governments.

But where do such activities leave you and me?

Well the bottom line is that we should all take responsibility for keeping our information safe. Sir Francis Bacon, an English statesman and philosopher, is attributed in 1597 with the expression “ipsa scientia potestas est” (“knowledge itself is power”). In modern day parlance this has been expanded to mean, “information is knowledge and knowledge is power”. New technology and the Internet mean that information, your information, is everywhere. It was back in the sixties that the use of computers and your personal identification number, “PIN”, were first mooted with banks wanting to facilitate the automated teller machine – “ATM”.

Interestingly the inventor of the PIN didn’t make any significant money from his idea. It was only earlier this year that James Goodfellow, the Scot who invented the PIN in 1965, was internationally honoured at an awards ceremony at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA.Now 75 years old, he only received £10 ($15.50) for his invention because he had signed over patent rights to a company which shortly afterwards laid him off due to “redundancy”. Your PIN still remains a prime target for unscrupulous hackers. In the battle to keep your PIN secure, gadgets which clone your number are one thing but another consideration is the predictability of people!

A recent survey shows that many of us still choose obvious numbers for our PIN. An analysis of over 3 million four digit PIN numbers showed that nearly 28% can be guessed using just 20 combinations.  The least used combination was also identified, along with the cautionary note that hackers could read it as well. Consequently this least used number is now unlikely to remain so – 8068. Popular are single number combinations which include 5555, 7777 and 9999 and the James Bond number 0007. The most common numbers are: 1234, 1111, 0000 and 1212.

What about the future? Well just as these “hackers” conventions are worldwide international events, for exchanging ideas, equally so are the reports of new ways of obtaining information. Have you ever looked at “Google Maps – Street View” for your own area? I was surprised to see a picture of my home with a red car parked in my drive. As I have never, in the past ten years, owned at red carit took me ages to work out to whom it belonged. Anyone worldwide may view yours and mine home. So much for my telling others I live in a mansion with landscaped gardens!

The latest news is that it is now possible to access the microphones in Android phones and record conversations. Furthermore it is also conceivable to access your laptop and PCs in a similar way. Expert “hackers” are being courted by governments trying to turn “poachers into gamekeepers”. Spyware is also being developed to monitor your Internet usage. Governments are not the only ones wanting to keep tabs on you. The truth is that businesses, advertisers, scammers and hackers are all hoping to get information from you which will help make them money. Tablets, Smartphones, Smart TVs, Smart Meters, Cable Boxes and Gaming Consoles all provide potential for stealing information about you.

Were you aware that if you inadvertently install a “TouchLogger” app onto your tablet it could provide scammers with enough information to create chaos for you?

When it comes to “Smart” technology last year German researchers, by hacking into a “so-called” secure electricity company’s Wi-Fi network, were able to access customers’ private information. As for Smart TVs, you expect to watch TV but some smart TVs are vulnerable to hackers who can spy on you whilst you are watching your TV.

With all this in mind it is perhaps not that surprising to read that one intelligence service is reverting to using old fashioned type-writers to record highly confidential reports. Firstly type-writers cannot be hacked and secondly each has an individual type face which easily identifies them.  Which brings us back to my earlier question: “Where do such activities leave you and me?” Well if you recognise any of the numbers in this article,as one of yours, you had better change it! Because in order to keep our information safe we must remember never to do the obvious and always keep our wits about us so we may “PIN” the hacker down.

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 June-July 2013 was Sahadevan from UTi who walked away with gift vouchers worth AED 200 from Carrefour, presented by Fida Asghar, Team Manager, NVOCC, CSS Dubai.

Sad Demise

Aravindan P, aged 62, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013.

A well wisher and a long time associate of CSS Group, Aravindan P, passed away in a fatal road accident in Haripad, Kerala.  A photographer by profession, Aravindan used his skills for covering many CSS events in and out of India.

CSS Group coveys their deepest condolences to his sorrowing family and loved ones, and prays for his soul.

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