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Lighthouse - September, 2020.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE


Time and again, Mother Nature has proved how unpredictable she can be. Now, it seems as if she needs to create a furor to catch our attention. We have indeed hearkened to her cry with high-level discussions on how to adopt sustainable practices to pacify her anger. But let’s be honest, have we done anything? Is it enough to stem the cauldron of her rage that seems to brim over now and then? Let’s ask ourselves, “What has changed?”.

I remember penning my thoughts some years back on how at CSS, we have decided to adapt to changes in the industry and its practices, quickly. If we do not, we stand in danger of being left behind in the race towards fulfilling our vision. This is the thought that ran through my mind when I read a tweet from Prakash Iyer, the noted author/motivational speaker. He speaks about the Choluteca Bridge in Honduras and how this is now become a bridge to nowhere. What struck me was how he drew a metaphor for the changing course of today’s world. Change in all forms, be it our thought patterns or our actions, is never a one-time happening neither is it permanent. I believe that change should be like the problem itself, always fluid.

That is precisely how the logistics industry functions. Many changes are happening in the way business is conducted, be it the frequent updating of INCO terms, or classifications, inclusions/exclusions in-laws, using green fuels, and so forth. The list is long, and if we are not fleet-footed enough to understand the nuances of these changes and accept them, then for sure, we will be left behind.

The unique facet of our industry is that problems keep evolving daily. I believe that innovations only trigger a change. What we need to change is our thought process to adapt quickly to what has been triggered.

Let me assure you, at CSS, our thoughts are in sync with the times. We are always thinking to achieve our vision by triggering the changes with innovations that is tune with the evolving global scenario. Our adaptability helps us provide extraordinary service with seamless solutions fully adapted to address our customers ’ changing needs and requirements.

I will leave you with the words from the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus, who stated, the only permanent thing is change. Change is inevitable, and our ability to adapt to that change often defines our success.


CSS BAHRAIN AND OMAN AT THE HELM OF NVOCC ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION


CSS is one of the leading players in the NVOCC market in the MENA region. With NVOCC activities centered around the CSS headquarters in Dubai, we have established a strong base in Bahrain and Oman.

What is an NVOCC?

A Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) is an ocean carrier that transports goods under its own House Bill of Lading, or equivalent documentation, without operating ocean transportation vessels. NVOCC leases space from another ocean carrier, or Vessel Operating Common Carrier (VOCC), that they sell to their customers.
In layman’s terms, an NVOCC can be described as a shipper to carriers and a carrier to shippers. While NVOCCs do not usually own their own warehouses, many own their own containers and often operate as a freight forwarder as well.

CSS as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)

Rated among as one of the top customers by major shipping lines operating in the region, CSS’s repute allows us to offer our customers the best rates in the industry along with the guarantee of space on the major ocean liners for regular movement of consolidated shipments.
CSS offers both licensed and bonded NVOCC services through its extensive global network. Representing reputed freight companies and agents, CSS provides gateways to major ports worldwide. This allows us to provide our clients with highly cost-effective shipments and faster delivery routes. With the operational base in Dubai, we can deliver to the most remote and challenging regions. Our strategic network spans across the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe, which allows us to connect businesses across multiple locations.

The CSS NVOCC Edge

The NVOCC service offered by CSS has LCL services to an impressive 1,650+ destinations with plans to add more in the offing. Representing many NVOs globally, we have scheduled weekly arrivals & departures on reputed carriers. With a dedicated sales and customer service team, we assure our clients of unstinting support throughout the shipment process.
With an incredible track record of handling shipments across a broad range of industry verticals from fuel and energy, heavy machinery, automobiles, perishables, hospitality, and more, we can efficiently handle client shipment challenges, regardless of size, content, port of origin, or destination.

NVOCC Capabilities at CSS BAHRAIN

Founded in 2019, Console Shipping Services W.L.L Bahrain is the subsidiary of the CSS group in the island nation of Bahrain. A neutral NVOCC with its service offerings in the areas of Air & Sea Freight, Land Transport & Projects, Console Shipping Services W.L.L Bahrain is a preferred partner with strategic relationships with leading carriers. Our NVOCC service portfolio in CSS Bahrain includes:
Ø Direct Console Service from Spain to Bahrain (special console)
Ø Destuffing at APM Terminals at Bahrain port with cargo being ready for delivery within the next day of arrival
Ø 9 days free time from ETA Bahrain and very nominal storage tariff even after the free time
Ø Assurance of 24×7 customer service with the uncompromising quality of service

NVOCC at CSS Muscat

Operating in Muscat, Oman, for more than 20 years, CSS Oman boasts of an outstanding network of partners around the world. Offering cutting edge services in every segment of its service portfolio, CSS Oman’s NVOCC division enjoys a strong market position with its specialized services.

Today, CSS Oman NVOCC offers the following services:
Ø Shanghai/Ningbo: Direct console to Sohar
Ø Rotterdam: Direct console to Sohar
Ø Mumbai: Direct console to Sohar
Ø Regular weekly consoles from Jebel Ali to Sohar
Ø Direct LCL consoles to Jebel Ali Ex USA, Europe, Far-east, Ind-Subcontinent
Ø Weekly connectivity vessel from Jebel Ali to Sohar port
Ø Direct LCL consoles ex Rotterdam/Nhava Sheva/Shanghai to Sohar port
Ø Speedy de-stuffing of LCL containers at Sohar CFS, within 48 hours
Ø LCL Cargo track and trace for convenience
Ø Direct LCL export consoles from Sohar to Hamad port, Transit time: 38hrs


DUBAI CYBER INDEX LAUNCHED


Dubai launched the “Dubai Cyber Index” in July 2020. Developed by the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC), this initiative aims to support the efforts of the Dubai Government to ensure the highest cybersecurity standards, thereby paving the way for a safe cyberspace. The first initiative of its kind in the world was launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai – Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
This initiative highlights Dubai leadership’s keenness to launch projects and initiatives that enhance the Emirate’s position as a global leader in innovation, safety, and security, intending to position it as an international role model for cybersecurity. It aims to create a strong foundation for a free, safe, and resilient online world for both individual users and organizations as well as keen on promoting healthy competition among government entities in the field of cybersecurity, encouraging excellence and in the process driving rapid technological progress and digital transformation.
Major General Talal Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Chairman of the Dubai Electronic Center, says, “Dubai continues to reinforce its leadership in the digital and cyber sector by consolidating the efforts of all government and private institutions and individuals to provide secure cyberspace. It also seeks to make Dubai the most electronically secure city in the world. The Index will measure the progress and readiness of the government entities to assess cyber risks and deter threats”.

Aim of the Index

The Dubai Cyber Security Strategy launched in 2017, ensures high security commensurate with the technological advancements and transformations and preparedness to deal with challenges and risks that crop up during such a massive transformation. “The Dubai Cyber Index will further raise the security and safety standards of Dubai’s electronic infrastructure. This is particularly important as the world we live in is characterized by a constantly evolving communication technology landscape and is increasingly dependent on advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. It is critical to creating a robust supportive framework to ensure the security and safety of information systems,” said Al Falasi.

The DESC monitors government entities to ensure compliance with its Information Security requirements and effective and secure communication networks and information systems, thus setting up the highest benchmark of cybersecurity in the Emirate. They are also well versed in supporting entities in setting up specialized security operation centers and utilizing advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies and Big Data analysis to anticipate potential cyber threats.


C.H. ROBINSON ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH MICROSOFT


TO DIGITALLY TRANSFORM THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE

Collaboration will integrate C.H. Robinson’s Navisphere® and Microsoft Azure cloud technologies to make real-time visibility possible in supply chains and accelerate innovation in transportation

C.H. Robinson and Microsoft Corp. announced they are joining forces to digitally transform supply chains of the future by combining the power of C.H. Robinson’s Navisphere,® Microsoft Azure and Azure IoT to meet the changing demands of evolving global supply chains. Through this alliance, the companies aim to enable real-time visibility for C.H. Robinson customers.

“The pace of change we’re seeing in the supply-chain industry today is unparalleled. Being able to quickly scale and adapt our technology is what helps give our customers a competitive advantage,” said Chris O’Brien, chief commercial officer, C.H. Robinson. “As we continue to invest and enhance our technology built by and for supply-chain experts, we look to partner with other best-in-class companies that bring the most value to our customers. Through Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, we gain more scalability, premier data security and increased application speed, which benefit our customers and carriers around the world.”

Through this collaboration, Navisphere — C.H. Robinson’splatform — will now leverage Azure IoT Central to integrate IoT device monitoring that measures factors such as temperature, shock, tilt, humidity, light and pressure in shipments to give customers an even more detailed level of intelligence about goods as they move through the supply chain. Together, C.H. Robinson and Microsoft work with many of the Fortune 250 companies, which means this alliance makes it even easier to scale and develop new solutions to provide the world’s largest shippers with greater supply-chain efficiency, real-time insights and visibility.

“We are committed to providing customers with a trusted, easy-to-use platform so they can build seamless, smart and secure solutions regardless of where they are on their IoT journey,” said Sam George, corporate vice president, Azure IoT, Microsoft. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with C.H. Robinson as it transforms the supply-chain industry by leveraging our Microsoft Azure and Azure IoT solutions.”

The new collaboration builds on C.H. Robinson and Microsoft’s already rich history of working together. Navisphere Microsoft’s global supply chain, giving the company real-time visibility into inventory, at rest or in motion anywhere in the world. In addition, in collaboration with Microsoft, C.H. Robinson built Navisphere Vision, a global real-time visibility product that leverages Azure IoT solutions, machine learning and predictive analytics to assess potential disruptions across supply chains.

Through C.H. Robinson’s TMC division and Navisphere Vision, Microsoft is driving innovations in its own supply chain to provide more predictability and proactive decision-making to its various business groups.

“The supply chain of the future is smarter, less volatile and can be navigated with a new level of visibility thanks to the power of this relationship. Through this collaboration, our customers receive a greater competitive edge, as well as industry-leading insights and expertise,” said Jordan Kass, president of Managed Services at C.H. Robinson.

In addition to C.H. Robinson’s innovation on Azure, the company is also leveraging Dynamics 365 and Power BI to streamline its customer relationship management (CRM) platform, supporting C.H. Robinson’s commitment to customer centricity from small business to the world’s largest shippers. As part of its relationship with Microsoft, C.H. Robinson will integrate its real-time pricing, execution and transportation management tools into Dynamics 365, making these digitally-driven logistics capabilities available to Microsoft customers.

About C.H. Robinson
C.H. Robinson solves logistics problems for companies across the globe and across industries, from the simple to the most complex. With nearly $20 billion in freight under management and 18 million shipments annually, we are one of the world’s largest logistics platforms. Our global suite of services accelerates trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. With the combination of our multimodal transportation management system and expertise, we use our information advantage to deliver smarter solutions for our more than 119,000 customers and 78,000 contract carriers. Our technology is built by and for supply chain experts to bring faster, more meaningful improvements to our customers’ businesses. As a responsible global citizen, we are also proud to contribute millions of dollars to support causes that matter to our company, our Foundation and our employees. For more information, visit us at www.chrobinson.com (Nasdaq: CHRW).

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


PROJECT- ROUTE 2020


A part of the leadership’s vision to promote the UAE’s sustainable development, “Route 2020 Project” is a part of Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) master plan to provide integrated multi-modal mass transit systems comprising metros, tram, buses, and marine transport.

Focused on building a globally benchmarked infrastructure and services, it aims to meet UAE’s aspirations themed “Towards the Next 50 Years”. Inaugurated by H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai by unveiling an artwork inspired by the phrase “I believe in God” written in Arabic and taken from His Highness poem “The Beginning of the Fifty”, the ceremony was attended by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council.

“The UAE has exceptional goals and ambitions. Today we are moving with confidence, determination, and a clear vision to attain the highest levels of excellence in various fields. Our objective is to provide people with everything that ensures their well-being, stability, and happiness and establishes a prosperous future for the coming generations. The world is entering a phase that brings unprecedented challenges that some may not be prepared to deal with. However, we have a strategy designed to tide over unforeseen challenges and create a positive future. Our nation is equipped with the plans, competencies, and expertise needed to navigate these challenging global circumstances. We can overcome all obstacles while sustaining our progress and generating new opportunities,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

The AED11 billion Route 2020 project links seven stations and is a 15 km extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line from Jebel Ali Station to Expo 2020 Station and is scheduled to open to the public in September this year.

The brainchild of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Metro, and Route 2020 reflects His Highness’ belief that the superior Metro infrastructure system serves as the backbone of transit systems connecting the key areas of Dubai.

Route 2020 has 46,000 riders per hour in both directions (23,000 riders per hour per direction). RTA’s studies expect the number of riders using Route 2020 to reach 125,000 per day in 2021, and 275,000 riders per day by 2030.

The Expo 2020 Station is expected to record about 35,000 Expo visitors during weekdays and increase to 47,000 during weekends. This number accounts for 29% of the total expected number of daily visitors of the Expo”, explained Al Tayer. The new project aims at creating a vital future link between several Dubai communities and serves as a symbol of sustainability, progress, and innovation for present and future generations.


MOHAMMED AL TUWAIJRI NOMINATED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL AT WTO


Saudi Arabia’s former minister for Economy and Planning, Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, has been nominated for the position of Director General at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Mohammed Al Tuwaijri had been the head of risk management at Saudi British Bank before becoming the Managing Director and CEO of JP Morgan Saudi Arabia, after which he moved on to serve as the Group Managing Director, Deputy Chairman, and CEO of HSBC Bank Middle East and North Africa.

He was the kingdom’s minister of economy and planning from 2016, before being relieved in March. As a minister, Al Tuwaijri oversaw sweeping changes the economy initiated as part of Vision 2030, which has set a target of raising the private sector’s contribution to the GDP of 65 percent from its current 40 percent.

In an interview with Al Arabiya at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Al Tuwaijri stressed the importance of the non-oil sector in securing growth. The race is on to lead the World Trade Organization out of the worst crisis that it has faced in its 25 years of existence. “We care to increase the local content and provide jobs when looking into the economic growth, and this is one of the main objectives of Vision 2030, from the privatization program to the industry program,” he stated.

Responsibilities endowed

The newly appointed leader will be entrusted with the task of rebuilding the trust and credibility of the organization, rebooting its deadlocked negotiating agenda, and restoring its paralyzed dispute settlement system keeping in mind the worldwide recession, the pandemic strike, the US-China battle for trade supremacy, an American election season, and also against Brexit’s threats to add instability in the economic relationship between the UK and the European Union.


DR. JINAN AL OMRAN AS DIRECTOR OF SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS


Saudi Arabia has yet another feather in its cap. Dr. Jinan Al Omran was appointed as the Director of Supply and Logistics in Prince Sultan Military Medical City, becoming the first woman appointed to head logistics in this sector.

Dr. Jinan stated that the state has helped women assume responsibilities in areas like construction and, therefore, stress their intention to work in the Supply and Logistics Department to achieve leadership aspirations. Dr. Jinan also pointed out the long term and short-term plans to improve the supply chain of medicines, medical and surgical materials, and non-medical materials in transportation, storage, packaging, distribution, and all logistical services to ensure the supply chain localization and focus on digital transformation. She further emphasized that these goals can be achieved only with team spirit, development of all skills, and strengthening mechanism for developing the performance of management that I aspire to be the perfect model among the catering and logistics departments in all sectors.

Logistics – the backbone of global trade

The growth of logistics services in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East is one of the most developed areas and accounts for up to 40%, making it sure that the logistics industry is the backbone of global trade. Employing 15% and 20% of the workforce in developed countries, this sector plays a vital role in the Vision 2030 strategy.

Dr. Jinan Al Omran has also hailed the appointing women leaders in catering, supply chains, and logistics services. It is a very promising venture that accommodates diligent and ambitious talents from among men and women without any exception.

She further added, “The aspirations of the Saudi citizen have no limits. We, as women, are part of the ambitious nation. We have a passion to work together, to keep pace with aspirations to achieve the best”.


FROM ‘FREEZER FARMS’ TO JETS, LOGISTICS OPERATORS


PREPARE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE

Logistics providers are building giant cold-storage facilities, or “freezer farms,” and lining up equipment and transportation capacity as they gear up for the rapid delivery of millions of doses of potential coronavirus vaccines worldwide.

Drugmakers have been racing to build supply chains for their coronavirus vaccine candidates, finding manufacturing sites, and ordering specialized production equipment. As some drugs advance to final-stage clinical trials, logistics providers are making preparations to deliver them securely.

The distribution operation—taking drugs from far-flung manufacturing sites to medical teams via warehouses, cargo terminals, airports, and final storage points, all in a matter of days—promises to be a logistics high-wire act with risks at every stage. Breakdowns in refrigeration equipment, transportation delays, broken packaging, or other mishaps could leave many thousands of doses useless.

Drugmakers with vaccines in final-stage clinical trials expect their products to require strict temperature controls. Moderna Inc. said it expects its vaccine to require minus 20 degrees Celsius storage. Pfizer Inc. said the vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech SE will probably have to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, plus or minus 10 degrees. AstraZeneca PLC said it expects the vaccine to develop with University of Oxford researchers to require refrigeration, but declined to give details.

Logistics operators have been expanding their refrigeration and freezing capabilities in recent years, particularly as the health-care industry has grown, and pharmaceutical transport has become a more significant business.


ADNOC L&S AND WANHUA CHEMICAL GROUP FORM SHIPPING JOINT VENTURE


ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has announced the formation of a new strategic joint venture (JV) with Wanhua Chemical Group (Wanhua).

The new company named AW Shipping Limited is incorporated in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This strategic JV agreement further strengthens the collaboration between ADNOC and Chinese companies and builds on the deep-rooted bilateral relations between China and the UAE. The JV underscores ADNOC’s focus on value-creating deals and will support the delivery of its 2030 smart growth strategy.

AW Shipping Limited (AW Shipping) will own and operate a fleet of huge gas carriers (VLGCs) and modern product tankers. The company will be responsible for transporting LPG cargoes and other petroleum products, sourced from the ADNOC Group and global suppliers to Wanhua Group’s manufacturing bases in China and around the world. To deliver maximum fleet efficiency, the company may also pursue other market opportunities.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and ADNOC Group CEO, said: “We are very pleased to establish this strategic joint venture with Wanhua Chemical Group. This creative win-win partnership strengthens our growing relationship and will deliver greater value and efficiency for both our organizations.”

Mr. Liao Zengtai, Chairman of Wanhua Chemical Group, said: “We are very glad that joint venture has been established with the concerted efforts of both parties. The new company will strengthen the strategic cooperation between ADNOC and Wanhua and will also ensure the stable supply of LPG cargoes and other petroleum products for Wanhua system. More importantly, the cooperation will make contribution to the “One Belt, One Road” project.”

ADNOC L&S was formed in late 2016 from three ADNOC subsidiaries, ADNATCO, IRSHAD, and ESNAAD. The integration created synergies between shipping, marine services, offshore logistics, and onshore logistics to create the largest integrated shipping and maritime logistics company in the GCC. ADNOC L&S provides safe, reliable, and cost-competitive maritime and logistic solutions to ADNOC Group companies and more than 100 global customers.

Wanhua Group is one of the world’s leading producers for methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). It is a key ingredient in the manufacture of high-performance adhesives, and synthetic fibers go into a wide range of industries.


UAE’S FIRST “E- DELIVERY ORDER” INTRODUCED BY DUBAI TRADE


The “Electronic Delivery Order” has been introduced by Dubai Trade, DP World’s single window platform for cross border trade. This sophisticated new technological tool will allow supply chain stakeholders to handle complex import processes with the click of a mouse.

Beneficial in COVID Times

The E-Delivery Order is tailored to support trade, logistics, and supply chain players from the pandemic’s operational disruptions. With the new highly digitized process in place, shipping agents, freight forwarders, and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO’s) can avoid over the counter operations that require physical visits.

The company has successfully processed more than 17,000 transactions for 1400+ customers and aims to keep growing and adding to this number. Few of the global customers who have availed of Dubai Trade’s services include shipping agents Ocean Network Express, Peninsula Shipping, Hapag Lloyd Middle East, Gulf Agency Company (GAC), and top freight forwarders Globelink West Star Shipping Kuehne+Nagel and Freight Systems DWC. The E-Delivery Order promises and delivers a cost-effective, efficient, and time-saving mechanism on the Dubai Trade Portal to users from the safety of their homes.

Mohammed Al Muallem, the CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said, “Adapting to new technological innovations in the trade and logistics industry has become imperative in these days of global uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dubai Trade’s “E-Delivery Order” minimizes cargo clearance turnaround time, increases competitiveness, eliminates paperwork, creates greater visibility in cargo flow, thus liberating the UAE’s trading community from the inefficiencies of manual intervention and related costs.

Hussain Alblooshi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Trade, added, “We have always been pro-active when it comes to innovation for companies using the Dubai Trade e-platform and aim to provide unparalleled trade solutions in the UAE. We are proud to introduce a country-first Electronic Delivery Order in the UAE’s trade ecosystem. This automation will make the existing manual process redundant and reduce the operational costs while helping the company adopt sustainable delivery processes. Our customers will be happy to know that the new system eliminates 80% of paperwork and physical visits and cuts turnaround time by a similar count. Additionally, customers will experience seamless automated payment collections and reconciliations, lower overhead costs, and costs related to operating counters.”

Throughout history, Dubai Trade has been known for its best-in-class e-services and its ability to integrate various trade and logistics service providers in Dubai under a single window. Indeed the “E-Delivery Order” marks a step forward in digitizing the management of logistics to increase the resilience of the trade and logistics sector, which has been classified as an essential service by the UAE government.


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