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Lighthouse - July, 2016.

Chairman’S Message

T S Kaladharan

It is in challenging times that the true merit of a company comes shining through. Whilst there has been a general sluggish trend in our industry, the past few months have proved to be really encouraging for CSS Group because we have been successfully creating a road map for areas of development.  This has not happened by accident but by sticking to demonstrably ethical principles and a belief in our management and staff.

In this context the current buzz phrase is ‘customised development of talent’. This is something we have been doing, within CSS, for years. Its present-day title only recently came into prominence but, ensuring that the right people are in the right roles and have the right capabilities; has always been part of our ethos. By keeping open continuous dialogue between management and staff, so that everyone feels engaged and recognises that their role is appreciated, raises mutual benefits for all of us. By encouraging opportunities to promote, from within our company, also significantly increases the likelihood of achieving ones goals.

A recent study revealed that many companies, who proved to be initially successful, degenerated over the years either because of bad management, poor managerial practices or a combination of both.  Within CSS, over the past twenty years, by applying the principles of customised development of talent we have successfully created a team of leaders. Our staff efficiency and trust worthiness is well known throughout the industry. This is why our identification of growth opportunities deserves acclaim.

We have made significant progress in the UAE. Furthermore as part of expanding our wings; CSS will soon have an operational presence in both Muscat and Qatar. I am confident that we can keep this pace going forward.  Undoubtedly an ability to engage all staff equally and responsively, an aspect that is ingrained in our philosophy, will spur us onwards towards new horizons.

Achievement Award From Skycargo

Emirates SkyCargo presented its top agents with special achievement awards at a dedicated event held on 26th March 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai. These awards recognise the important role of cargo agents and forwarders in contributing to the airline’s success during the year 2015.

In congratulating the top performing forwarders from across the country, Emirates SkyCargo presented Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C. an award in recognition to their continued support, a testament to the commitment of CSS in offering a quality product using a premium service.  T S Kaladharan, Chairman and Ajay Krishnan, Vice President Freight forwarding represented the group company at this auspicious event.

Accepting this honour T S Kaladharan commented, “We are extremely proud to be honored by Emirates SkyCargo in recognition to our continued support towards the growing Air Cargo industry. The constant efforts and long term business relationship is a true testament to our partnership towards success”.

The awards were presented by Duncan Watson, Vice President Middle East and Americas and Badoor Al Maazmi, Manager Cargo UAE representing Emirates SkyCargo. The annual agent awards are an important part of the Emirates SkyCargo award calendar and an opportunity to recognize all cargo agents for their tremendous contributions in supporting the on-going success of the award-winning carrier.

“Winning is a habit, as clichéd as it may sound – it is true at CSS, Even more now as we push our way to becoming a regional powerhouse. We thank Emirates Airline for the support extended to us, and we are looking forward to growing an already significant relationship that we share with Emirates Airlines,” Commented Ajay Krishnan.

About Emirates SkyCargo:

Since services commenced in 1985, Emirates SkyCargo has built a reputation for leading the industry in innovation, flexibility and service. It has received numerous international awards, including ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’ (Air Cargo Week), ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’, ‘Best Middle East Cargo Airline’ (both Air Cargo News), ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East’ (AFSCA), ‘Cargo Operator of the Year’ (SCATA) and ‘Air Cargo Excellence Award’ (Air Cargo World). With many more awards from prestigious organizations.

Emirates’ 250-strong fleet is one of the youngest in the skies, now serving 155 destinations in 81 countries on six continents. In September 2015, Emirates SkyCargo took delivery of its thirteenth Boeing 777F, bringing its fleet to 15 freighters (two Boeing 747-400ERF and thirteen 777Fs). Scheduled freighter services now operate to 53 destinations in 39 countries.

Breakbulk Europe 2016

Breakbulk Europe is the largest exhibition & educational forum in the world addressing the needs of traditional Breakbulk and project cargo logistics professionals.  Breakbulk also serves as an excellent networking platform for shipping and logistics professionals and has also played host to the formation of agreements and identification of new agents for participating companies.

Narayan, Raj George and Siby Kurian

At Antwerp, CSS Participated as trade visitors this time and held important meetings and discussions with key Breakbulk players. The exhibition was held from 23rd to 26th May this year. CSS Group was represented by Raj George Sr. Vice President Projects, Oil & Energy, Siby C Kurian Vice President Sales & Marketing and Narayan R T General Manager CSS Bahrain.

“Breakbulk Europe is certainly an important event for CSS and we never miss that, as it is the ideal venue for CSS to identify potential clients, gain a deeper understanding of international market trends in specialized fields, and more importantly create avenues for new business opportunities within all our sectors,” said Raj George.

Since 2009, CSS Group has participated in numerous Breakbulk Exhibitions held around the globe including Singapore, China, North and South America and Europe. Participating in key exhibitions such as Breakbulk provides CSS Group the platform on which they can showcase the vast majority of the services they offer to potential customers and clients within this booming sector.

“This 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 list of events.  We had excellent networking opportunities as well at Antwerp,” mentioned Siby Kurian.

As part of its contribution to the shipping and logistics industry, Breakbulk Europe also provides educational seminars to its participants that cover key topics which are pertinent to the industry that has an ever changing business landscape due to regulatory rules, advances in technology etc.  In the Breakbulk Europe 2016, participants had the chance to learn about the current business challenges & opportunities facing shippers within the traditional Breakbulk, heavy-lift and project cargo markets.

“Breakbulk exhibition and the entire event grow every year with the number of participants that it attracts. Also energy and enthusiasm was seen all around the European trade in Shipping and Logistics. We too can be confident and expect that an upward graph is not too far away,” commented Narayan R T.

This year was no different with excellent networking events, an increase in participation from last year. As per the official records more than 7200 participants attended the exhibition in the year 2015 and the number could be even more this year.

Growing Auto Logistics at CSS

A recent specialized vertical for the CSS Group, the auto logistics  segment has been showing some remarkable progress during the recent months. From the “auto racks” which allow for effective and environmental friendly loading of vehicles in shipping containers to specialized handling of high end vehicles, door to door, the CSS Group is slowly becoming a trusted name in “auto logistics” in the region.

In an earlier edition CSS had showcased their product in association with a partner, using the auto-racking system for loading up to 4 vehicles in a container. The advantage of this process was a damage free transport of vehicles from origin to destination. CSS group has now gone ahead with value added services, which include vehicle wrapping and specialized lashing for high end vehicles as well. They are currently engaged in a project of transporting 16 brand new McLaren Super cars, their growing expertise in handling this segment of the car industry was a prime reason for CSS to be awarded with the job.

The new infrastructure at CSS, the 10,000 Sq.mt open yard in Jebel Ali – is geared to handle receipt, storage and operations for auto logistics. This facility combined with their new warehousing facility at JAFZA, which will be operational soon, gives an unparalled infrastructure to cater to this segment of the business in the region. CSS facilities at Sharjah, including a covered area suited for storage of vehicles and the open yard are already popular with customers looking for safe and secure handling of vehicles.

“This has been a relatively large vertical in our industry here in the region, while we have taken our time to enter this market we intend to offer our customers a quality product. We have the necessary infrastructure in place to allow this, and I do believe we can create a niche for ourselves in this vast segment.  There is definitely more to come from us – Drive Safe”, commented Ajay Krishnan Vice President Freight forwarding CSS Group, while talking to Lighthouse regarding auto logistics at CSS.

CSS Group at GPLN

GPLN concluded successfully their 13th Annual General Meeting at the Marriott Hotel Grand Place in the heart of Brussels where a multitude of GPLN members, sponsors and media representatives from around the world had plenty of networking opportunities during intense meetings and social events to maintain existing and established new contacts that will benefit greatly their business. The attendance of 170 GPLN delegates speaks itself for the quality of the network and their highly skilled project forwarders.

The event started on May 21 with a day trip to Ghent, before a cocktail reception took place in the evening to welcome all attending delegates. The following morning the delegates heard presentations from Rickmers-Linie, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), Ruslan International, Maersk Lines and TII Group, who gave a brief overview of the benefits of using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) to move heavy and oversize cargoes around the world by road. After an afternoon of one-on-one meetings, delegates were treated to a gala dinner at the restaurant “La Manufacture” in Brussels. The event concluded on May 23 with a second day of one-on-one meetings.

Ranjith Pillai, Narayan and Raj George

The photo contest of the annual cap competition was won by GPLN member Dako Worldwide Transport from Germany, showing the transportation of a 185 ton cement mill to Russia which had a length of 18.5m, a diameter of 5.7m, and a total height of almost 6m.

GPLN also conducted a Heavy Lift Maritime and Transport Seminar on May 24 at the Marriott Hotel Grand Place.

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.

Smart Palm and CSS

CSS Group takes pride in associating with the logistics service support to the most awaited Smart Palm project in Dubai. CSS role was to coordinate the packing and Transportation from the factory in Suzhou, China directly to the prep yard in Umm Suqeim. This was done in a timely and efficient manner with a challenging program to be met.

In the old days, we used to hear that a tree provided you shade from the sun and a fresh breath of air, rejuvenating your senses. However, in our ever evolving modern times, a tree is destined to provide you with much more than you bargained for. An artificial palm tree structure dubbed, “The Smart Palm” has been launched by the Dubai Municipality with Dubai based D-Idea. These Smart Palms are part of Dubai’s broader vision of being the world’s first with innovative, sustainable ideas, which transform Dubai into the world’s foremost “Smart City.”

The Smart Palm unit stands at  an impressive six meters in height which also house an array of street furniture, free-wifi, cell phone charging and an area for public service announcements.  Additional personalized information such as weather, local attractions and services within the areas are also available.

Dubai Municipality recently installed them in Jumeriah, Umm Suqueim and has further plans to roll them out across the Emirate.  The Smart Palm is the result of a partnership between Dubai Municipality and D-Idea.  Winsun Global is the supplier for D-Idea and has utilized the CSS Group as the sole logistics provider to facilitate door to door movement of the smart palms.

CSS role was to coordinate the packing and Transportation from the factory in Suzhou, China directly to the prep yard in Umm Suqeim. This was done in a timely and efficient manner with a challenging program to be met. “Being associated with such innovative ventures is really a matter of pride for us at CSS. This is yet another project to prove that CSS is the best service provider when it comes professional movement of cargo” mentioned Tasleem Patka, Business Development Manager, CSS Dubai

According to Director-General of the Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah, 52 more Solar Palms will be installed at various public locations like beaches and parks in the coming months. The Smart Palm has mono-crystal solar panels on top of the “fronds” which get charged in the day light hours providing a sustainable environmentally friendly solution. There are eight charging points in this hub and it can charge gadgets two and a half times faster than ordinary plugs. The Smart Palm is a tribute to the innovative spirit of Dubai and is just the latest urban invention that our growing city has to offer.

The free WiFi network connectivity of Smart Palm has a range of 53 meters with capability of connecting 50 users simultaneously, and is provided by telecom company Du.

3D Printed Office Building

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE has emerged as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its focused initiatives to shape the future have become global models that can be emulated in all sectors.

“We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but our achievements,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said while the opening of the ‘Office of the Future’, the first 3D-printed office in the world.

Consolidated Shipping Services Group got the opportunity to be a part of this novel venture. Being the only selected logistics partner, CSS was able to be associated with this landmark achievement initiated by the visionary leadership of Dubai. CSS moved the 3D walls on Open top containers from its origin in China to the destination in Dubai. Every moment of this movement was meticulously planned and executed by the professional team at CSS.

The 2,700-square-foot, single-story building was built in just 17 days using a gigantic, 20-foot tall 3D printer and a special mix of concrete, fiber reinforced plastic and glass fiber reinforced gypsum.

Although the “printer” was massive at about two stories tall, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, it only needed one staffer to make sure it was functioning properly. The rest of the 18-person construction crew consisted of installers, electricians and mechanical engineers who completed the job for a mere $140,000 in construction and labor costs — or about half the price of a comparable structure built with conventional methods. Of course, the building is more than just another gold star in the UAE’s ultramodern play land — it will also serve, appropriately enough, as the temporary headquarters for the Dubai Future Foundation. Next year, the structure is scheduled to become the home of Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

“This is the first 3D-printed building in the world, and it’s not just a building, it has fully functional offices and staff,” the UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohamed Al Gergawi said. According to Gergawi, Dubai plans to have 25 percent of the buildings in the emirate built via 3D printing by the year 2030.

Yacht And Marine Logistics At CSS

CSS Group’s professionalism comes in demand when a specialised vertical where thorough expertise is indispensible, and that is none other than Yacht and Marine Logistics. A decade long hands on experience has made CSS one of the most preferred name when it comes to movement of expensive and luxurious yachts across the globe.

The team engaged with yacht movement not only takes the survey and submit the quotation, but demonstrate how the movement will be carried out. They also explain about the equipment to be used while the process takes place. The attention to detail makes CSS Yacht & Marine logistics team the most trusted partner around the world.

CSS Group has successfully moved yachts that belong to celebrities and the royal family members. The company is a preferred shipper for many of the world’s leading boat builders, including Correct Craft Inc., Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking, along with Government officials and celebrities.

The yacht and Marine team has recently handled two yachts for Sevenstar Yacht Transport Agency UK, one from Jebel Ali to Hamburg (BENETEAU GTE57) and the other which came down to Jebel Ali from Las Spezia (Galeon 325HT) which was later on cleared and delivered to the client. CSS ensures that their people are specially trained to oversee every part of the shipping process, right from documentation till delivery.

For a client, hassle free movement is the highest pricing factor when it comes to expensive loads like yachts, and CSS ensures maximum client satisfaction.

Zero Is The Superhero

Have you ever wondered: People are so busy giving the Right answer forgetting that the question itself may be wrong?

Well, the conditioning that our environment does to us is such that we start playing to the rhetoric without actually thinking why?

So examples are:

We may call FPS as FPS Shipping and CSS as CSS Shipping, in-spite of the S already taking care of the word shipping.


We may all ensure that we have medical insurance but never ensure that we have a healthy life by eating and living well


We may constantly be seeing our emails or phones or Whatsapp without actually any urgency on anything


We all want to become market leaders or come 1st in whatever we do.

Ahh, the last example is interesting. Coming 1st or the obsession with the 1st position or being on top at number 1.

Isn’t that what we all are trying to do sub consciously and isn’t that why we have most of the stress and emotional problems in life. The society is sub consciously celebrating anything and anybody who is at number 1 and therefore we all think by pursuing the number 1 position, we will get the self-esteem and self-worth we all are looking for.

But today we will sit back and check if the effort is worth the pain.

The quest to get to the top or number 1 brings out several poisons and i can enumerate as follows:

a)  It gives birth to “Competition” – when you want to run a race, since positions are all relative numbers and nothing in absolute terms, you have to become competitive. What this does to you is it makes you a person who becomes relative to his environment and not in harmony with it. So with each other thing or person, you will try to find your relative standing and stop seeking to know how you stand in harmony with it.

b) Next poison that comes out is “Insecurity” – when you start viewing everything in relative terms , you will get insecure about yourself. In absolute terms you are secure because nature has given you a harmonious position and not a relative position. But your eyes with which you view have become relative so you think you are insecure even though you are secure. Got it?

c)  Now armed with high “competitiveness” and “insecurity” and a vision “to be 1st “, you are totally out of context with the ways of existence and have created a parallel world in your mind. And now, whatever, whoever and whatsoever comes in the way of you gaining your relative position in the world, you view it as “enemy”, “obstacle” or “challenge.”

d) Then come some so called leaders (who are nothing but victims of the same thought process and have accumulated some wealth or what they think is “intelligence” but lack basic premise clarity) and they tell the young: overcome all competition, obstacles and challenges in LIFE.

By the way, keeping money small in life is a part of thinking big. And here you have some profiteers giving lessons on LIFE. Laughable isn’t it?

e)  Then the pursuit starts and it never ends, till you end or die or give up. Because it is a race no one wins. At every pedestal, you realise, i am so tired and yet there is so much to go. Because the flaw is the way you view things and not how things really are.

Ok, let’s say, a lucky few reach the TOP, at number 1 Or 1st position. Now what? Now, as all movies, enters the real villain. And that is the number Zero.

You have never thought about it but read now:

a.  Even if you come 1st, you are still behind Zero.

b.  Zero is so humble that it is never visible to any.

c.   Zero is so powerful, that if it stands behind anyone, it can add tremendous multiples of value to it.

d.  Zero in itself is free of all the poisons mentioned like competition, insecurity etc. I mean how much incrementally insecure can one get when one is already a Zero.

Now look and compare the person who has after all the effort come 1st. He is still behind Zero. He is only 1st and has nowhere to go now. He needs to preserve his 1st position all his life now and live in high insecurity. Not Zero. 1st position is actually a jail. From where you just can’t fail. But Zero is free, independent and can stand where it wants to. It stands before you and stands after you. You are actually nothing. It is Zero who decides what you are.

So my dear friends, next time you “PRAY” and ask god for something, pray that he makes you a Zero. Because as you have rightly realised by now, Zero is the ultimate superhero!

Practical tip: As easy as it sounds, it is most difficult to become a Zero. So my suggestion is for now, you aim for number 3 or beyond. Because number 2 is always HURT that he lost to number 1 by a fraction. And number 1, all of you know, is in a jail, insecure and highly protective of his relative position. Number 3 or 4 are relatively more comfortable. Relaxed, Living, Breathing.

Breathe. Hope you are?

Rahat Talreja
Vice President – CSS India

Expo 2020 Dubai And Dp World Partner To Position The Uae At The Heart Of Future Global Trade

Expo 2020 Dubai today announced DP World as its Premier Global Trade Partner.

The company, which is a leading enabler of global marine and inland trade, owns and operates 77 terminals globally including the Port of Jebel Ali, less than 10 km from the Expo site, and will play a vital role in the supply chain for the Expo, which will bring together over 180 nations and 25 million visitors for what will be the world’s largest event in 2020.

DP World is the third Premier Partner to be announced to date. The signing ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline, and His Excellency Mohammed Al Shaibani, Vice Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, Director General of His Highness The Ruler’s Court of Dubai, and CEO and Executive Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General Bureau Expo Dubai 2020, said, “Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia. Serving an area with a collective population of nearly 3.2 billion people and a GDP of more than US $ 6.5 trillion, Expo 2020 will act as a gateway to one of the most important geo-economic trends shaping our world: the rise of emerging markets, developing countries and South-South trade. The partnership with DP World will play a central role in cementing the UAE’s position at the heart of future global trade.”

HE Al Hashimy added: “Trade and economic diversification are vital to the UAE’s future. Through this agreement with DP World and our other partners, Expo 2020 Dubai will leave an economic legacy in the form of new business generation, GDP growth and job creation across the region.”

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