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Lighthouse - May, 2015.

Chairman’s Message

The 20th anniversary celebrations of CSS Group were an auspicious tribute to everyone who contributed to our success. The achievements of CSS have been accomplished through the cooperation of our agents, associates and most importantly our own staff. The boundless feeling of togetherness, that we all embraced during the celebrations, will undoubtedly carry us forward to greater accomplishments and larger rewards.

Looking back over the years, probably the biggest successes lies in the happiness we all enjoy throughout our career.  Borrowing a great thought of Frederick Herzberg, the late American psychologist, who was a powerful motivator becoming one of the most influential names in business management, “In our lives it isn’t  money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements which is important”. I believe that, at CSS, we will stick to our core values and principles, providing ample space for our CSS family and friends to earn the larger rewards of life.

The anniversary celebrations provided an opportunity to appreciate and understand the trust and confidence we have engendered in the hearts of our partners and associates. The honourable guests, who accepted our celebratory invitations, resulted from our dutiful deeds and dealings across the business community.  This is a tribute that we value as it provides fundamental motivation for our core values and principles.

As we venture into new projects and diversify, using our established talents, the rewards that they will bring will be spurred on by our ethos; which keeps CSS vibrant. It has been confidence in our own staff members and in our beliefs that has brought us to where we are today. Now with our experience and dynamic enthusiastic hearts, we will sail onwards with an inspired sense of purpose.

Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence

Consolidated Shipping Group celebrated its 20th anniversary of operations in the field of freight forwarding and logistics from March 12 to 14, 2015. The new Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights was the main venue for the functions where the conferences and meetings were conducted. The conference on the 13th March was attended by the Global agents and partners of CSS Group along with the senior management and Sales and Marketing heads from all CSS offices. There were some interesting presentations from guest speakers representing Maersk line, Abudhabi ports authority and Oman International container terminal (O.I.C.T)

On the 14th March a one to one networking session was hosted at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. The overseas agents were provided with an opportunity to interact with each and every department of CSS Group and also with the associate and franchisee offices of the company. The agents had to register on-line prior to the event for availing this provision. The day saw some very healthy and fruitful interaction between the delegates.

A company, which was started 20 years back as a small firm with minimum staff strength to cater to the logistics requirements in Dubai, has grown to become one of the most sought after names in the field of freight forwarding and logistics today. With diversified operational presence within the shipping and logistics industry, CSS caters to a cross section of business community around the globe. From NVOCC to Projects and from Relocations to Heavy Equipment logistics, the company with the professional and skilled team designated for each department, touches every point related to shipping and logistics. More than 800 people work with CSS Group today in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. CSS group offices in the Middle East and the subcontinent joined hands and made the 20th anniversary celebrations memorable.

The senior management and the Chairman of CSS Group, Mr. T S Kaladharan extended gratitude to the Government of the UAE, loyal customers, valued partners, and most importantly, their trusted employees for making this event a successful one.

Gala Dinner in Dubai


As part of the celebration in connection with the 20th anniversary of CSS Group, events were hosted both in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

A gala dinner was hosted on the 13th March at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights which was attended by all overseas guests as well as invitees from the UAE. The night was made memorable by an instrumental fusion by renowned names from the world of music. The team which enthralled the audience included legendary instrumentalists like Gino Banks, Ghatam Uduppa, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mohini Dey & Stefan Devassy.

Carnival Party in Abu Dhabi


In Abu Dhabi, The Club hosted a carnival theme party on March 14 for the Global Partners and associates of CSS Group. The evening saw a mesmerizing musical performance by the renowned South Indian musical band, Masala Coffee on the stage. There were plenty of other entertainment activities like Samba dance, fair dance, photo booth etc..

20 Years with CSS Group

N. Anil Kumar, Director Finance & Admin, U B Prince, COO at Twin Info Solutions, the BPO division of CSS Group and Santhosh Kumar, Documentation Head became the most respected personnel of CSS Group when they were honoured for their long standing service with the company during the 20th anniversary celebrations. They were presented with a Gold Pendent and a crystal memento during the gala dinner on the 13th March. The awards were handed over by T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group.

15 Years with CSS Group

The carnival theme party in Abu Dhabi became more colour full with an award function. CSS Group honoured their staffs that have completed 15 years of service with the group company. The Chairman and the senior management distributed the crystal mementos to all the awardees on the stage during the evening party. The staffs that have completed 10 years of service were also called up on to the stage and appreciated. Their gifts were later distributed from the HR department.

CMA CGM Honours CSS Group

CSS Group was recently honoured by the CMA CGM as a top customer for outstanding performance for the year 2014. The award was handed over to T S Kaladharan, Chairman of CSS Group by Mr. Lars Jensen Hojbjerg, Managing Director of CMA CGM- Dubai at the CSS Group Head Office. The recognition was for the consistent performance of CSS Group with CMA for the movement of containerized cargo globally, for the third consecutive year. CSS Group is one of the leading NVOCC in the Middle East and Indian Sub-continent.

“CSS Group is honored to have been awarded with this recognition from CMA CGM and we value this partnership. Such recognitions are motivation for us to perform better and strengthen the existing bond with industry leaders like CMA”, Commented T S Kaladharan at the occasion.

Founded in Marseille in 1978 the CMA CGM Group is the third-largest container shipping company globally. From its base in Marseille, the CMA CGM Group operates in more than 150 countries, with more than 20,000 employees and associates worldwide.

With a young and diversified fleet of 445 vessels, the CMA CGM Group serves 400 of the world’s 521 commercial ports.

“The CSS Group relationship with CMA has been an evolving one, one that has seen an exponential growth in the last 3 years. The fact that we have been honored successively for the last 3 years as a top customer is proof enough that when there is a focused approach the results will come. CMA is an integral part of our recently instituted core carrier program, and we look forward to a fruitful association with them this year and in the future” Commented Ajay Krishnan, Senior General Manager, Freight forwarding and Key Information Department, CSS Group on this achievement.

CSS Group looks forward to see the relationship grow manifold, with CMA CGM in the years to come.

A Visit to Jebel Ali


On an invitation from T S Kaladharan the Group Chairman of CSS, The President of Global forwarding of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Mr. Stephane Rambaud and the Vice President Mr. Tom Sweet visited the CSS Group offices and facilities at the Jebel Ali Free Zone. They were received by the senior management team of CSS Group led by Raj George, Senior VP Projects Oil & Energy division. The CH Robison officials held discussions with the senior management team of CSS Group.

A day before this visit Stephane Rambaud & Tom Sweet attended the 20th anniversary celebrations of CSS Group which was held in Dubai. The anniversary celebrations consisted of a Golf event at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club on the 12th March and conference and gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights on the 13th March.

About C.H. Robinson

C. H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, operating through a network of branch offices in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the Middle East. They are a non-asset based transportation provider, who works with approximately 63,000 transportation companies worldwide. They also provide a wide range of value added logistics services, such as supply chain analysis, freight consolidation, core carrier program management, and information reporting.

Consolidated Shipping Group is proud to be associated with a global giant like C.H. Robinson in the freight forwarding business and keeps abreast this valuable partnership as a driving force to maintain quality services that they continuously provide to their customers.

Shipping Company of The Year


Consolidated Shipping Group
was honored to be the proud recipient of this year’s SCATA award, in the “Shipping Company of the Year” Category. Representing the CSS Group Management, Siby C Kurian Senior General Manager Sales & Marketing, received the award in a grand function on the 22nd of April.

The award was presented by Mr. Esam Ahmed, Account Manager- Break & Bulk Cargo DP World, UAE Region.

The ninth annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATAs) took place at the Inter Continental Dubai Festival City, honoring leadership and innovation in the regional logistics industry.

A total of 15 trophies were handed out at a gala dinner in celebration of the Middle East logistics industry’s achievements over the past 12 months.

The event was organized by ITP, the publisher of Logistics Middle East magazine and ArabianSupplyChain.com.

Winners for the other categories

Shipping Port Operator of the Year  Gulftainer
Cargo Operator of the Year
Etihad Cargo
Express Logistics Provider of the Year  FedEx Express
3PL Service provider of the Year
Supply Chain of the Year  
Landmark Group
Logistics Hub of the Year
Jebel Ali Free Zone
General Sales Agent of the Year
Dnata Cargo & Logistics

CSS Group at GPLN


GPLN concluded successfully their 12th Annual General Meeting at the 5-star Landmark Hotel in Bangkok from February 08-10, 2015 where a multitude of GPLN members and sponsors attended. The record breaking attendance of over 170 GPLN delegates is the highest in GPLN history and speaks itself for the quality of the network and their highly skilled project forwarders

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 general meeting allows the participant the face-to-face contact with your GPLN partners where you are able to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost effective manner.

Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects, Oil & Energy, CSS Group, Narayan RT, General Manager CSS Bahrain and Renjith Pillai, Branch Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi represented  CSS Group during the three day GPLN Annual Global Meeting.

“GPLN is always a wonderful platform that provides great opportunities to discuss and formulize new ideas related to projects forwarding. We have pleasure in being a part of this network and gain a lot of mileage from attending the annual meet regularly,” Raj George mentioned.

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