Chairman’s Message

A quote, from nearly two hundred years ago, still lives on. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli had said, “What we anticipate seldom occurs but what we least expect generally happens”. This relationship between anticipation and expectation is a major factor in market and business trends. It directly and indirectly affects our frame of mind and approach towards what is actually happening around us. I have consistently noticed that those who place too much emphasis on expectations frequently crash very fast, echoing Disraeli’s observation. ‘What we least expect generally happens!’

We may side-step the difficulties of anticipation and expectation by building on our past experience and endeavours. In this context it is worth recalling the words from our visionary leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Whilst three years have quickly passed since we discussed His Highness’s book, ‘Flashes of Thought’, I believe it is an opportune time to review its inspirational outlook. By doing this we may take advantage of the past few months, which have given us all an opportunity to collect ourselves, and think about re-inventing strategies for success. This will aid in overcoming the sluggish trends that are generally prevailing in the market.

An acclaimed approach, encouraged within CSS, is to nurture and encourage successful team work. Having time to reflect on our management and current corporate ideas it is heartening to read in many articles, that we are emulating the best examples. Faced with demanding challenges and slow-moving times, managements need to focus on energising the atmosphere so that their teams enthusiastically work together. I strongly believe that at CSS we continue to be outstanding in achieving a welcoming, interactive and inclusive workplace environment. This stands us in very good stead for developing our future plans.

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd

CSS India inaugurates its new regional headquarters recently. The office is situated in one the fastest growing cities in India, which is Kochi. CSS India had its Kochi operations from Wellington Island for the last many years. The new office is situated in the heart of the city close to the prestigious Lulu Mall in Edappally. The regional headquarters will serve its facilities for the India Finance department and the South India sales force.
The office was inaugurated by T S Kaladharan, Chairman, CSS Group. The function was attended by Sudharshan Vice President, South India and Pijush Saha, Branch Manager for CSS Kolkata. The ceremony was attended by other senior officials from the CSS India offices as well. “I feel that it is an opportune time to have a centrally located office in Kochi as plans are in place to strengthen the sales force in Kochi and nearby cities in the peninsular region. Also finance will be centralised in the new office which will give an edge to the operational team of CSS India” Commented Kala on the occasion.
Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd.
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Rainbow, Near Mylalath Temple
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CSS Attends 14th Annual GPLN Meet In Dubai

GPLN concluded successfully their 14th Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai where a multitude of GPLN members 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.

Consolidated shipping group was represented at the GPLN meet by Raj George – Senior Vice President Projects, Oil & energy, Narayan RT – General Manager CSS Bahrain & Qatar, Renjith Pillai – General Manager CSS Abu Dhabi and Oman.

“The event was well organized and was quite informative. We were able to interact with the members and discuss various trends and market projections within the industry. These global meets give us a face-to-face contact with GPLN partners who enable us to build professional relationship efficiently in the most cost effective manner” commented Narayan R T.

The record breaking attendance of over 177 GPLN delegates is the highest in GPLN history and speaks itself for the quality of the network and their highly skilled project forwarders. The opening day cocktail was sponsored by the CSS Group; and that proved to be a great opportunity to meet most of the delegates, some good friends whom CSS knew for many years.

“It was an honor for us at CSS to become the sponsor for the welcome dinner of the meet this time and we are thankful to GPLN. CSS has always cherished working alongside our partners in this association and gained great knowledge and information over the years related to project logistics” mentioned Raj George.

Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will be conducting its 15th Annual General Meeting from 26-28 May 2018 at the Dorint Park Hotel in Bremen, Germany.

“It was indeed a privilege to be a part of GPLN network meet, Moreover it goes beyond networking, offering visibility on the current biz trends and practices in projects logistics. Also the physical interaction provides better understanding on the network partners’ vision and inputs for positioning your organizational goals and the way forward to focus and concentrate on project logistics” said Renjith Pillai.

CSS Recommences From Kolkata

Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd takes pride in announcing that they have resumed their Kolkata operations recently. In an official statement the company has mentioned that CSS has recommenced with full-fledged facilities and professionals at the helm to lead the new team in Kolkata. With a wide client base in the Eastern India, CSS Kolkata will soon have its share of the market as Kolkata is seen as a growing hub for Cargo movement for the whole area.

The team in Kolkata will be led by Pijush Saha as the Branch Manager and Anirban Saha as Deputy Sales Manager. CSS is located at one of the prime aristocratic business hubs in Kolkata which saw the inauguration on a Bengali auspicious day of the 5th of June 2017 with a traditional ceremony with few of their well-wishers and customers blessing the occasion. Inauguration was done by Sudharshan, Vice President, South India.

Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational Centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. In 2011, the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the population of the city and its suburbs was 14.1 million, making it the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. Recent estimates of Kolkata economy have ranged from $60 to $150 billion making it third most-productive metropolitan area in India, after Mumbai and Delhi. CSS India from its operational base in Kolkata can cater to the need of the entire West Bengal region, Orissa, Tripura and Assam. They can also extend their servicing to the neighboring countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well. The only way to penetrate the interiors and some remote locations in the North Eastern region is to have a strong and efficient transportation network. Concur service is available in some parts but it only depends upon the load factor and it cannot guarantee timely service.

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Srishti, 3rd floor, Flat 3B, 12
Ho-Chi-Minh Sarani, Kolkata -700071
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A Rare Recognition

CSS Homeward Bound was awarded as Best Moving & Relocation Services Provider – UAE & Award for Excellence in Personal Effects Movement Services – UAE. The award was constituted by the MEA Markets under the 2017 GCC Enterprise Awards.

CSS Homeward Bound is the moving & relocations division of CSS Group with many years of experienced service in the Middle East region. CSS Homeward Bound takes pride in having a long list of reputed clientele in this region.

Along with moving and relocation services, CSS Homeward Bound provides professional attention when it comes to Industrial packing and lashing requirements. A large and well equipped warehouse in the heart of the city gives an edge to CSS Homeward Bound to provide storage and self-storage facilities.

CSS Homeward Bound has created a name for itself as one of the leading specialists in local and international removals. Whether it is a local or international removal, their removal specialists are there to handle the job, efficiently and professionally. They offer removal services that suit the requirements of their customers. All personal effects / household items / office items are carefully packed and shipped to the specified destination.

MEA Markets is a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publicising the major moves and events as they happen across the entire Middle East & Africa region.

As one of the world’s most powerful, innovative and influential business regions, and home to countless leading firms across numerous fast-moving industries, the Middle East & Africa has a huge hand in shaping what happens throughout the wider global corporate community.

Rail Ballast Cleaning Machine Movement

The Projects team at CSS Group successfully completed a major movement recently.

One Unit of Rail Ballast Cleaning Machine of 29 x 3 x 5 M and weighing 95 tons was moved from Hofuf site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Dammam Port. The scope of work included lifting, loading and transport from the origin to the destination.

The experienced CSS projects team conducted a survey of the route and the destination prior to the commencement of the move. Each point of the entire project was carefully assessed to ensure a fool proof and smooth journey of the cargo. The cargo movement was conducted using Two 250 ton cranes for lifting and 12 axle trailer of 6 meters extended platform for transportation. “Each movement provides an opportunity to learn something new and so was this cargo movement for us. We are excited to have this project successfully completed” commented Sajith Vijayan, Manager, Operations, Projects Oil & Energy, CSS Dubai

Prior permissions were taken and escorts were arranged for the entire route. “The whole project was handled extremely professionally from start to finish, and allowed for CSS to showcase its continuous commitment to its clients to provide the highest quality of service. CSS Projects team’s experience and knowledge is the key factor to our high level of success percentage”, commented Raj George, Senior Vice President, Projects Oil & Energy, CSS Group, after the successful project completion.

Take A Break

Team NVOCC took a break from its busy schedules and joined together for some fun activities recently. A get together was organized at the residence of CSS Group Director for Operations and Ocean freight, Chandrakala (CK). The party saw some interesting team building activities, music and games which were followed by a dinner.

Even though the event was hosted in a simple way, the team members had an invaluable time sharing and discussing various matters and thereby cementing a solid bond amongst themselves. “Celebrations are recognitions for the staff and we believe that it is more important than anything to keep the life at work moving. Such get together provides room for personal interaction as well which is necessary for people to work as team” commented CK about the function.

Why All Cars Below 25 Lakhs Need To Be Banned In India

First, this is an impossible task. Let’s say a member of parliament (MP) proposes this in a meeting, his own colleagues will shut him up. Let’s say for some reason, his colleagues (Other MP’s agree), then the parliament may not pass the bill in both the houses. Several back door reasons will play. Who will consume commodities, metals, labour, capital – auto industry in India is one of the highest consumers of these inputs. Indian manufacturing will lose its sheen. All companies will lobby against the same. Most of all, the public will oppose it strongly. India being a strong functional democracy will find it impossible to pass this.

So let’s say this is a fictional article because it can’t be converted to reality.

Now, I am not the “banning” types. I just say it for getting the basics of life back like clean air, space, safety etc., and more so for aesthetics back in urban areas. This is also not classist because most of us including myself will have to weight options if cars cost above 25 lakhs.

Let me give some facts:

1. In 1995 , there were mainly 2 categories of cars – 1 sedan – Maruti esteem and 1 hatch – Maruti 800

Esteem was priced at 6 lakhs and 800 was priced at 2 lakhs

In these 22 years since 1995 – everything in India is up 20 times at least. The inflation index says that the median rise in price is 16 times

So by this simple reverse math, the 6 lakhs esteem cost 1.2 crores today and the 2 lakhs Maruthi 800 cost 40 lakhs today. So it’s not that cars were available at 5000 etc in 1995. The point is that a car is a car. It should be priced at a premium and only those who can afford it should buy it.

2.  Now if you disregard the economics above, let me show you around. Look at the road around you and see. Maximum cars are below 25 lakhs and look at them. It’s a shame on the aesthetics if they matter. We have 39 hatch back cars now named funnily but just look at them. It’s a box of metal masquerading as a car. Vomit. Think of that favourite hatchback or sedan. Think rationally. India is a country of immense beauty. So you have a sense of beauty. Now think with this sense. Vomit.

3. Most of these cars are sold with jingles and advertisements where it’s shown screeching, twisting, turning etc., and that is exactly how the owners of these cars drive them. Whatever happened to safety? These cars have very basic safety features but who cares for the drivers safety because the drivers themselves (due to their unprofessional driving) are the real threat on the road. The safety needed is not for passengers but others on the road. Airbags should be placed outside the car and not in it.

Now think of a scenario where all cars below 25 lakhs are banned and imagine the road. You will remember your city as it looked in the 90’s. Clean, expansive and beautiful. Open space, few cars, people walking, what fun!

But we need a solution as well, correct? Taxi network, and again all expensive long sedan taxis. All costing more than 25 lakhs. Not the lame duck ones with a touch screen mobile on its windscreen. Driving like nincompoops.

Now any person who can buy a car worth 5-25 lac can surely afford a taxi anywhere and pay 1000 bucks so what ? Also all drive ring licenses should be with strict tests like in Dubai. And voila, long, swanky, sexy looking sedans on the road dropping people. And I firmly believe that most people just wander around just because they have a car. Once they don’t, unnecessary wandering will stop for sure. What’s the need? Sit where you are duffer.

I think it’s not increasing hospital beds, its reducing patients, if there are no hospitals, i think lesser people will fall ill. If there are lesser restaurants, lesser the people will eat out. It’s the supply that is creating the demand. Not that we want it. But someone thinks you need it. I strongly feel that if there is no jail, crime will be lesser. Because it is there, some people go for it. This is all in the subconscious world of human beings. You act out of presence of supply.

Side effects of the 25 lac & below car ban will be:

  1. Unemployment
  2. Lack of demand for metals and plastics
  3. Stock prices of many companies will crash
  4. It may look unpopular
  5. It may look like favouritism to the wealthy
  6. Cribbing by the masses

But in 6 months, everything will settle down. Solutions will come up. Just imagine that clean, wide road. Also the municipality will not be blamed for bad roads because most won’t be driving on them. Less clutter on Facebook, whatsapp etc. No sarcasm. I won’t honestly do it if I could. Imagine a life without names like Dragon R ( why not Dragon S), Bravio, Shitwft, Lasoon Go, Hi ten, Hi twenty, kitna Hi karega, Polio etc wink – I think you know what I am saying.

Signing off and rushing back in my Gonda Cheaty

CFS Staff Party

The CFS team of CSS organized a celebration on 21st of April for a staff party at the Fortune Plaza hotel in Dubai. It was fun gathering and lot of activities which started at 11 am in the morning. On this special occasion the entertainment programmes, karaoke music, food and beverages were organized by the famous “Tharavadu” restaurant in Dubai. “We consider our staff as the greatest asset of the company and that is the reason why we organize such get together parties. It was indeed a great experience to share their joy and happiness on such a marvelous function” mentioned Anil Kumar, Director, Finance and Administration. Sreenath V, Vice President Operations & Projects, Susanth Shekar, Manager HR, Shelly Varkey, Manager Admin and Don Raveendran, Manager NVOCC & CFS Ops. also attended the function along with Anil, representing the CSS Group Management.

In between programmes, lucky draws were arranged for the staff. The lucky ones walked away with prizes as expensive as mobile phones and gift vouchers. There were 60 lucky winners and amongst all of them, Hameed from the transport department of CSS walked away with the Mega prize. As a gesture of friendship and long term trust towards CSS Group and its service within the Logistics industry, gifts were sponsored by the vendors and transporters.

CSS Group Chairman and the Senior Management extended their gratitude to the sponsors, valued associates, and all CSS departments who had sponsored the prizes for the CFS 17th Annual Staff Party.

Lighting Up Dreams Of Children

CSR activities have always been an integral part of CSS for the last two decades of its service in the UAE and India.  By participating in the charity initiatives of the UAE government CSS has always demonstrated its responsibility in giving back to the society.

Being a renowned philanthropist, T S Kaladharan, Chairman of CSS Group had initiated many an events in India as well which covered the educational and healthcare spectrum of his home state of Kerala. During the recent school reopening in the state, a novel venture was organized on behalf of CSS Group, contributed by Kaladharan, in his village of Thrikkunnappuzha. This year CSS donated One thousand three hundred school bags with books pencil boxes and pencils along amongst the less fortunate government school students of the region. G Unnikrishnan, CSS Group Head of Marketing and Corporate communications inaugurated the School kit distribution.

This initiative went helping 5 schools in the village witnessing enthusiastic small faces cheerfully receiving the contribution. CSR initiatives of CSS Group new bags and study aids were distributed amongst pre-primary and primary school children at Thrikkunnappuzha, Alleppey Dist. Kerala. Five schools which are running under the Government of Kerala aid were benefitted by this regular CSR programme of school aid distribution. “The CSS Group has always stood in the forefront in giving back to the society in whatever ways we can. Two decades of our presence in the UAE and India has seen innumerable charity events in which CSS had been a part and parcel and we are thankful to the society for this” commented Unnikrishnan G.

New School kits brought beaming smiles on the little faces. The programme commenced with local authority members from the Panchayat wards welcoming the gathering.  All the children, their parents and the school authorities were present for the occasion.  Lunch too was organized by CSS after the function for the students, parents and the school staff on the first day of the academic year.

New Sulfur Emission Norms A Boon Or Curse?

International Maritime Organization’s ship pollution rules are contained in the “International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships”, known as MARPOL 73/78. On 27 September 1997, the MARPOL Convention has been amended by the “1997 Protocol” which includes Annex VI titled “Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships”. MARPOL Annex VI sets limits on NOx and SOx emissions from ship exhausts and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances.

IMO has stipulated new cap on the sulfur emission (Sox), which is now reduced to 0.5 % from 3.5%,and which is to be enforced by 2020 by all signatories making respective jurisdiction its responsibly for its compliance. Its Compliance with the provisions of Annex VI is determined by periodic inspections and surveys. Upon passing the surveys, the ship is issued an “International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate”, which is valid for up to 5 years.

It is important to note that under the “NOx Technical Code”, the ship operator (not the engine manufacturer) is responsible for its compliance, While it cannot be denied that this emission cap is essential to reduce the air pollution and for safe and clean environment as envisaged under MARPOL, there are certain repercussions, which cannot be ignored as a result of bringing this regulation.

These standards will be implemented on the world merchant fleet of approx 90,000 ships, which in turn will affect the entities associated with it viz. insurance, classification societies etc. Non-compliance with these regulations may lead to suspension of class, which in turn will affect their Insurance cover. Classification societies or class are non-governmental organizations doing periodical inspections, and have the standards for the construction and operation of ships as per the guidelines provided by IMO. The ships have to be class approved in order to get an insurance cover and therefore the retrofitting and upgrading of engines will be important to meet the specified standards.

For any type of insurance, be it P&I or Hull and Machinery, Ships cannot be in breach of regulations for the insurance cover and moreover companies are going to be reluctant in settling claims for ships which are not even eligible for sailing in the post 2020 emissions regime.

The sulfur emissions do not come under the insurance norms but changes made in engines to reduce the sulfur content can lead to damage to the insured H&M. Although at this stage, it is difficult to quantify the insurance-related impact of the new sulfur emission regulations, but can no doubt be a pinch to the insurers, if the claims are of high value. It is highly likely that the technology for reducing the sulfur content will be costly and older ships would be recycled or scrapped, paving the way for a new fleet making it another factor to be considered.

Keeping the above consequences in mind, the insurance industry is already grappling with lower revenues as the insured value of the ships is going down, in part due to a supply overhang. Also the fact that new clubs/companies are entering the insurance industry is also impacting the margins of some of the existing insurance players.

Also surplus supply of ships has already dragged down freight rates, reducing the ability of ship owners to take insurance covers consequently insurance premiums have declined eroding the earnings of underwriters thus under the circumstances can it be implied that new norms are creating a “perfect storm” like situation, as costs for ship-owner is rising among others expenses and risks, along with expenses associated with training and familiarization of crew for handling cleaner marine fuels? The question remains to be answered.