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Lighthouse - July, 2014.

Chairman’s Message

“Flashes of Thought” is the title of book written by His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. A reader soon realises that this book gives you a rare insight into a ruler’s vision about his country and the challenges he encounters in order to realise his dreams. History has taught us that a nation’s development definitely lies within the vision of its rulers. Not only have my friends and myself witnessed the dramatic growth of Dubai but also its astounding development which has earned worldwide recognition over the past two decades. I consider myself fortunate that I have been witness to the amazing progress that Dubai has achieved. Being a part of this also affords me a little pride. “Flashes of thought” tell you about the determination and vision of a ruler who, in turn, brought happiness to his citizens.

In chapter 15 there is a mention about time management which reads:-
“Some see the year as equivalent to 365 days. Well, I say that a year is equal to the number of days that you have invested in yourself, your family, your society or in your spiritual life.”

Only a visionary leader could think and postulate such a profound idea. I truly feel that all of us should take this idea into our hearts. By striving to interweave such thoughts in the right manner, into our minds and daily lives, we may all improve ourselves and our personality.

I am humbled to have a copy of this valuable book duly signed personally by His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.  It has pride of place amongst my books as it provides a reminder of what should inspire us all. This is not only because CSS continues in our belief of adopting the best from around us, but because “Flashes of Thought” also sets by the example. We can learn that by staying focused on turning ambitions into reality it will help everyone at CSS. Consequently I have pleasure in recommending this book as a “must” read which will help guide us all in our endeavours to achieve greater accomplishments.

Breakbulk Europe 2014


Over 6300 project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargo logisticians and 275 exhibiting companies took part in the 9th annual Breakbulk Europe Exhibition from 12 to 15 May 2014 at the Antwerp Expo, Antwerp Belgium, making Breakbulk Europe 2014 the largest specialised logistics event worldwide. Breakbulk Europe 2014 attracted logisticians from 100 countries, creating a fertile environment for global cargo connections and business development.  The theme for this year’s event was “Moving the Gears of the World’s Big Businesses.”

Breakbulk Europe is one of ten annual specialized transportation events organized by Breakbulk Events & Media, a division of AXIO Data Group.  Major exhibitions include Breakbulk China, Breakbulk Europe & Breakbulk Americas.  Breakbulk Events also organizes targeted Congresses & Workshops in South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, India & the USA.

CSS Group was well represented during the Breakbulk Exhibition, showcasing a strong presence led by a delegation from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, India and Pakistan. From CSS Dubai, T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group, Raj George, Senior Vice President Projects, Oil & Energy, Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, Siby Kurian, Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager were in attendance. From CSS Abu Dhabi, Renjith Pillai, Branch Manager, from CSS Bahrain Narayan Tagore, General Manager, from CSS India Prabhakar Maniyan and Vice President Projects, Country Manager represented their respective regions during the exhibition.

“As always Breakbulk was an extremely interactive and an engaging exhibition, which is why it is rated as one the most vital exhibitions in the shipping and logistics calendar of events.  This year was no different with excellent networking events, an increase in participation from last year and more importantly more business opportunities were created with existing and new partners within the fraternity of shipping and logistics”, added Raj George, Senior Vice President-Projects, Oil & Energy.


Business Development Activities

At Breakbulk Europe, project cargo and traditional breakbulk cargo owners had the opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends and to meet and develop relationships with the leading specialised carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, packers and equipment companies that have the expertise to handle oversized cargoes requiring unique handling techniques.  In addition to the packed exhibition hall, attendees joined networking activities including a Welcome Reception in the hall, Ports Americas Happy Hour, Breakbulk Business Run and a multitude of networking dinners and receptions.

Professional Formation Activities

Educational activities were held during 12 to 13 May and were commensurate with one’s experience including the Heavy Lifting & Transport Master Class taught by Richard Krabbendam (Advanced/ Technical Level) and Managing Logistics for Capital Projects Workshop taught by Pam Holdrup (Entry/ Intermediate Level).

CSS Group 20th Anniversary

In today’s economy, it is rare to find an organization that can proudly say that it has completed twenty years since its inception. Today CSS Group, thanks to the enormous support of all its agents, associates and partners can proudly announce that they have embarked on their 20th year of operation by June 2014. Having had a humble beginning in 1995, CSS Group has grown to become not just a regional, but a global player in the shipping fraternity. Today, CSS Group is sought out internationally by partners and customers alike for its outstanding reputation in customer service excellence, quality of execution and global experience. As part of its celebrations to mark this momentous milestone, CSS Group will be inviting all its partners and associates to an exclusive gathering in March 2015 in Dubai, UAE. “With global partners, associates  and well-wishers all around the globe, we feel that it would be fitting to invite all those whose unending support have made this possible to celebrate with us right here in Dubai, where we began from our humble roots. It will be a celebration not only of our past but also of our future, one that we can build together through your continued trust and support in the organization,” added T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group.
The event will be taking place in one of the many world-renowned venues located here in Dubai. Details of the event will be circulated to all partners and clients globally.
For further information, please log onto: www.cssgroupsite.com

A Visit to Carotrans


Chairman of CSS Group, T S Kaladharan visited CaroTrans head office in New Jersey and offices in Chicago with Roshmon Manoli, Route Development Manager – North America, in May 2014, with a focus on building further growth plans for the year 2014/2015. During the course of their visit to CaroTrans offices, they conducted meetings with Greg Howard, Global CEO, Michael Forkenbrock, President, CaroTrans International and Riyaz Jordan, Branch Manager, while discussing new opportunities in the market and ways to further develop the business in 2014/2015. The meeting allowed both partners to discuss growth areas within their markets that would serve as a channel for development within the routes that they operate in. “In our business it is vital to meet with partners face to face, as it allows us to better understand the economic scenario that they are working in, while understanding new growth opportunities that together as partners can be mutually beneficial,” said T S 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 is always a pleasure to welcome the team at CSS Group to our offices here in New Jersey and Chicago. With the recent growth the Middle East is experiencing since after the recession, it is important that as partners we regroup and realign our plans for the future in order to fully capitalize on what is clearly a growing market.  Partners like CSS Group are very important in our industry as their acute and in-depth knowledge of the industry within the region they operate in, is comparable to none. We look forward to working with the team very closely in 2014/2015, and look forward to an exciting year ahead,” said Greg Howard.

WCA Relocations Conference

CSS Homeward Bound recently attended the 2nd Annual WCA Relocation conference held on May 14th in Hong Kong. The WCA Relocations is the newest and fastest growing specialty network created in mid-2012 and has already grown to over 75 member offices in 50 countries and 62 cities worldwide.
“With many old faces returning for the second year conference and many new ones joining to meet one another, the discussions about new business opportunities and building new relationships was phenomenal. The group is now stronger than ever and looking for only the most qualified removals experts,” said Victor Gomez, General Manager, WCA Relocations.
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 and is best in class in the service they provide
“The WCA Relocation conference is a true testament to the work done by the WCA in ensuring that only the best players from within the network of relocations are chosen to be a part of such a significant event within the industry,” said Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound who attended the conference. In addition the event was the ideal platform whereby like minded individuals were able to network and share valuable experiences from within the industry.

NAFL Gathering


The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) on Sunday April 20th, 2014 hosted the Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT) annual meeting and  was inaugurated under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed  Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Honorary Patron, at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE. The event focused on enhancing the industry and to improve operational efficiency in the freight and logistics industry in the region, with one eye on elevating the standards of the industry in line with the UAE’s objectives of excellence.

Presentations on the industry were conducted by important senior officials and dignitaries. “NAFL is pleased to have hosted the annual meetings and its opening ceremony, and sees it as a chance to push the bar further up this year. This was an important event for our industry and we are proud to have had it in Dubai. The UAE has a modern and advanced infrastructure, which is vital for every growing economy,” said David Phillips, President NAFL at the conference.

CSS Group was represented by Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, at the event.  The event saw an attendance of over 700 participants from around 15 Arab nations and the UAE.

The spokespeople at the event were Mohammed Ibrahim Al Tuwaijri Arab League’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs, Abdulla Bin Damithan Director Commercial DP World, UAE Region, Saeed Al Tayer, Director of Jebel Ali Custom Centers, Atiq Juma Nasib Head of Dubai Chamber’s Commercial Services Sector, Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO Dubai Trade and Fahd Al-Rasheed the CEO and Managing Director of King Abdulla Economic City who spoke about the Kingdom’s new project relevant to the industry.

“CSS is a NAFL member which is a non-profit organization with 310 members, including top multinational companies as well as large, medium and small national enterprises. NAFL is the official UAE representative of FIATA, which is the global body that represents the freight forwarding industry and works closely with UAE government bodies to help enhance the freight and logistics industry.  Attending this event was extremely important for CSS as it was an opportunity to interact with senior transport officials from member Arab states,” added Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS.

The main event supporters and host of NAFL were leading members of the shipping and logistics fraternity as well as key government institutions such as Dubai Chamber, DP World, Dubai Customs, and Etihad Rail.

CSS Abu Dhabi Attends Etihad Customer Appreciation Event

CSS Abu Dhabi recently attended the Etihad Airways Cargo Customer Appreciation dinner which took place at the Sheraton, Abu Dhabi Arzanah Ballroom.  The management team of Etihad Cargo took the opportunity to express their gratitude and cooperation to CSS Abu Dhabi for their continued business and support throughout the year 2013.
It was an excellent platform for CSS Abu Dhabi and its team to network with the Air Cargo fraternity in Abu Dhabi, UAE whilst creating new business opportunities and fostering current ones within the air freight spectrum.
For further information, please log onto www.cssabudhabi.com

His Highness Visits Container Terminal 3

2014 opened with grandeur with the inauguration of Container Terminal 3, the World’s Largest Semi-Automated facility, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

His Highness, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were welcomed to Terminal 3 by HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World, Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and other senior officials.

During the visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed viewed the construction of the pioneering Terminal 3, which will add 4 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity to Jebel Ali Port this year, taking total handling capacity to 19 million TEU.

Jebel Ali Port is the pride of the UAE, leading the industry by implementation of large scale automation. This includes 19 sophisticated automated quay cranes and 50 automated rail mounted gantry (RMG) yard cranes, all operated from a purpose-built operations building using remote control technology. This is also in line with His Highness’s vision of transforming Dubai with smart systems using technology.

Automation and new technology are our way of the future and will help our customers and the wider supply chain realise efficiencies on land that the new mega-ships generate at sea. Next generation vessels are a large support system to excellent customer service and will help us offer efficiencies as the country gears up to handle the cargo required for Expo 2020 preparation.

As a result of smart system technologies, quayside jobs such as remote quay crane operations will be located inside the new Terminal 3 Operations building.  This has proven to be attractive to Emirati nationals, including women, who, we are delighted to note, make up a significant number of our new T3 team.

During his visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed talked with some of the new female recruits about their new roles and one of the women crane operators gave His Highness a live demonstration of a remotely controlled quay crane.

Planning for the long term and focussing on the next generation of Emiratis, is something DP World have always done and will continue to for the benefit of future generations. Indeed, 30% of the new quay crane operators recruited are Emiratis. The figure is even higher for RMG operators, with 70% of those recruited being Emiratis.

With the opening of Terminal 3, Jebel Ali Port will be able to handle ten of the largest vessels afloat simultaneously – the only port in the region able to do so. With the forthcoming connection of Etihad Rail to Jebel Ali Port, the port will be part of a multi-modal supply chain that seamlessly links sea-road-rail and air through the Dubai Logistics Corridor, reinforcing our position as the premier gateway for the region and the entire Middle East.

Abras -The Traditional Mode of Transport

Cultural Corner

Forget the luxury yachts heading to Dubai Marina, there are other traditional ways of seeing Dubai and hopping on an Abra is one of the most enjoyable.

Taking an Abra is the most cost effective and enjoyable way to cross the beautiful Dubai Creek. The Abra has been an integral part of Dubai’s history. It is a small motorized traditional commuter boat made of wood intended to travel across Dubai Creek, which in years gone by was one of the main modes of transport in Dubai.

It is still a vital mode of transport used by over 1 million people every month including local residents, business people and commuters trying to beat the traffic.
The Abra is now a well-respected tourist icon in addition to being a vital mode of transport. It’s not uncommon for tourists to privately hire an Abra to further enjoy the stunning Dubai Creek scenery.

An Abra ride commences when the boat is full, normally about 20 passengers, the driver sits in the centre of the boat, whilst the passengers sit facing out, circling the driver.  The fare for an abra ride is about 1 Dirham per person and is paid to the driver. The journey to cross the creek will only take around 10 minutes and is used by about 42,000 people daily.

If you are the type of person who likes to immerse themselves in tradition then an Abra ride is a must. It will expose you to the lesser known side of hustling and bustling Dubai. As you step on board there is a genuine feeling of history.

CSS Attends Arabian Travel Market

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2014, the region’s leading travel industry showcase, celebrated its 21st edition which took place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 5 to 8, 2014. The exhibition welcomed over 4000 exhibitors from 95 countries with exhibition floor space covering more than 25,000 square meters.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the show has grown to become the largest showcase of its kind in the region and one of the biggest in the world.

One of the main highlights of the exhibition was the Middle East’s cruise sector which was highly visible and well represented at this year’s Arabian Travel Market. Having been in decline since the global downturn and the subsequent effects of the Arab Spring the cruise sector has seen a recent bounce back with significant infrastructure investment, easing visa regulations and creative marketing.?One challenge that the region faced was the lack of ports of call and the location of cruise facilities – most of the berths for cruise vessels were located within commercial shipping ports, which was not particularly conducive for leisure visitors. In response, Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi is currently undergoing major redevelopment creating a dedicated cruise terminal. Dubai has been upgrading Port Rashid to accommodate seven vessels simultaneously, up from the current five, as part of its strategy to attract 450,000 cruise tourists by 2016.

ATM 2014 encompasses more than 40 wide-ranging seminar and tech theatre sessions which besides cruise tourism cover aviation, mobile trends and the rising demand for wellness tourism.

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