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March, 2020

CSS TO IMPLEMENT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AS A SOLUTION BY ETISALAT


CSS’s top management team met with Etisalat for the initial discussions to implement the Etisalat Video Surveillance as a Solution (VSAAS) along with a Smart Messaging Platform. Etisalat Video Surveillance as a Solution provides business enterprises with value-added services that address their security and regulatory compliance requirements.

Enabled by the state-of-the-art onsite video surveillance technology that will be deployed at CSS, Etisalat can proactively use, manage, troubleshoot, and support this solution. Hamad Mohammed Al Marzooqi, VP of Etisalat Managed SMB, Khalid M Yateem, Director of Etisalat Managed SMB and Jithesh Vijakumar, Sales Manager, Etisalat attended the meeting, along with the CSS team, which included Chandrakala, Krishna Kaladharan, Susanth Shekar, Pothen Thomas, and Arun Snehajan. A visit to the Innovation Center has also been scheduled for the near future.

The first-of-its-kind video surveillance solution in the UAE, this one-stop solution, is for all our video surveillance needs. From end-to-end managed services, security surveillance with analytics, web and mobile access, business intelligence and upgradable cloud storage, other features include end to end managed services, heat maps, people counting, a security system, and a queuing management solution.

Enabling this solution at the CSS office premises will help us manage our business more efficiently while increasing our business productivity. This partnership resounds with Etisalat’s tagline, which says, ‘Your business grows with us.’ Enabling this solution will increase the safety and security of our premises, resources, and assets and allow us to optimize our operations.


March, 2020

THE RECYCLING OF SHIPS ACT, 2019: TOWARDS AN ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY AND SAFE SHIP RECYCLING IN INDIA


Shipbreaking or ship recycling is defined as one of the most hazardous jobs in the world by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It is the process by which old ships and vessels are taken apart, dismantled, and its components are recycled. As observed by the International Maritime Organisation, the ship recycling process is most productive as nothing from a dismantled ship goes into waste. The equipment and components of a recycled ship can be reused in its entirety in other industries. If done efficiently and economically friendly, it can be turned into a green business by using the recycled components for even building new ships. The darker side of ship breaking is that it creates a variety of pollutions, including air, land, water, and noise due to the generation of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. As most of the works are done manually, it also leads to many occupational hazards to the manual workers if the working conditions are substandard and not in compliance with international safety standards.

India is in the frontline among the countries that are engaged mainly in the business of ship breaking. Apart from India, South Asian countries like Bangladesh, China, and Pakistan also give massive competition in the ship breaking industry. The ship owners mostly choose these countries due to the relaxed environment regulations and labor standards followed by the Countries in this industry.

Joy Thattil

Maritime Lawyer & Partner @ Callidus

Dubai, Singapore & India

joy@calliduscmc.com

In India, the condition was no different since the Central Government announced the ship breaking industry as a small scale industry. The business started to flourish under minimal regulations concerning environmental protection and labor standards.

The Supreme Court decision in Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy v. Union of India (2007) 15 SCC 193, provided an impetus to the legal framework governing ship recycling in India. According to the directions put forth by the Supreme Court in this case, the Central Government formulated the Shipbreaking Code in 2013, providing a comprehensive scheme for regulating shipbreaking in India. But the Code failed to address many provisions contained in the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, adopted by the International Maritime Organisation. This Convention ensures that ships, when being recycled after the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to the environment and human health and safety. The Convention details out the procedure to be followed for the survey and certification of ships as well as for the authorization of ship-recycling facilities.

Realising the need for an inclusive legislation on ship recycling, the Indian legislature enacted the ‘The Recycling of Ships Act, 2019’, and on December 13, 2019, the Act came into force after receiving the assent of the President. This Act is an attempt to bring about an environment-friendly shipbreaking practice in India. The object of the Act is to provide for the regulation of recycling of ships by setting certain standards and laying down the statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards.

The Recycling of Ships Act, 2019, is in tune with the Hong Kong Convention in many aspects, and the Act restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous materials, which is uniformly applicable to all ships in India, irrespective of whether a ship is meant for recycling or not. For new ships, such restriction or prohibition on the use of hazardous materials will be immediate, that is, from the date the legislation came into force. In contrast, the existing ships shall have a period of five years for compliance. However, such a restriction or prohibition on the use of hazardous materials does not apply to warships and non-commercial ships operated by Government.

Under this Act, ship recycling facilities are required to be authorized, and ships shall be recycled only in such authorized ship recycling facilities. This Act also provides that ships shall be recycled following a ship-specific recycling plan. Ships to be recycled in India shall be required to obtain a ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’ under the Hong Kong Convention.

The Act also imposes a statutory duty on ship recyclers to ensure safe and environmentally sound removal and management of hazardous wastes from ships. Appropriate penal provisions have been introduced in the Act to deter any violation of statutory provisions.

India, being the global leader in ship breaking, aims at boosting its economy as well as the ship recycling industry through the enactment of this legislation by bringing about an environment and labor-friendly regulatory mechanism in the ship breaking process.


March, 2020

TWELVE INDIA GOVERNMENT-OWNED PORTS SWITCH TO RENEWABLE ENERGY


Twelve government-owned major ports in India have moved to renewable energy sources for their power. The twelve ports are Deendayal Port Trust, Mumbai Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, New Mangalore Port Trust, Mormugao Port Trust, Cochin Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, VO Chidambaranar Port Trust, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradip Port Trust, Kolkata Port Trust, and Kamarajar Port Ltd. This landmark move makes India the first country to have all state-owned ports powered by solar and wind energy.

Following the directive issued under the Shipping Ministry’s green initiative, the ports had to install grid-connected and roof-top solar and wind power projects to run the day-to-day operations, including supplying shore-power to visiting ships in an eco-friendly manner.

Also called cold ironing or alternative maritime power, shore power allows docked ships to work their electrical systems using shore-side power and to switch off their auxiliary engines. Shore power works in reducing emissions and cutting operational costs for shipping companies. It also allows shipping companies to meet emission targets, especially those related to emission control areas.

The emissions from ships at berth are estimated to be ten times more than the port’s operations. Ships consume a large amount of power even though they are not propelling, and running the fuel-powered generators result in noise pollution and emissions. The shore-side power supply is environment-friendly, and all the major Indian ports have developed the necessary infrastructure to power all types of vessels when they are berthed at these ports.

Renewable energy also enables ports to bring down their energy costs, thereby bringing down operational costs, finally lowering shipping and cargo levies. India’s maritime governing body has framed the operating procedures (SOP) for shore electric power supply to ships in Indian ports that presently cover only a low power supply – up to 150 kW at low voltage. However, they will issue the new SOP when the high voltage supply is ready at the ports.


March, 2020

INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO UNVEIL A NEW NATIONAL LOGISTICS POLICY


Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, declared in her Budget 2020 speech that the government will soon roll out a national logistics policy. The policy will help in clarifying the roles of Centre, states, and key regulators in logistics. The policy also envisages the creation of a single-window e-logistics marketplace, which facilitates the creation of new jobs, new skill sets, and making MSMEs more productive. A one-stop platform for exporters and importers, the e-logistics marketplace will promote the seamless movement of goods across the country.

Being drawn out by the logistics division under the Commerce Ministry, the policy garners significance as the high cost of logistics within the Indian market impacts the competitiveness of India-made products in global markets. If implemented correctly, the policy will provide a significant boost to cross-border trade and improve export competitiveness, thereby improving India’s ranking in the Logistics Performance Index. The Ministry of Commerce also stated the highly defragmented nature of India’s logistics sector. By 2022, the policy aims to significantly reduce the logistics cost from the current 14% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to less than 10%.

With 200 shipping agencies, 36 logistics services providers, 129 ICDs (inland container depots), 168 CFSs (Container Freight Stations), 50 IT ecosystems and banks and insurance agencies, the Indian logistics industry is a behemoth, providing jobs to more than 22 million people across the country. Streamlining the operations of this humongous sector will lead to a 5-8% increase in exports. With the logistics market in India slated to be around $215 billion by the year 2022, an incredible jump from the current $160 billion, the policy will pave the way to making India into a logistics hub.


September, 2019

A JOURNEY PAR EXCELLENCE


CONSOLE SHIPPING SERVICES INDIA PVT. LTD

CSS Group has made remarkable progress in the Indian Sub-continent with a well reputed brand identity. Console Shipping Services India Pvt. Ltd. Is today one of the front runners and a respectable brand within Shipping and Logistics. CSS India operates as three major regions namely Northern, Central and Southern regions which control major cities and gateway ports in their respective domains. CSS North Indian operations are evenly spread out with deep roots of business in-lanes created through Punjab, Haryana and other manufacturing centres of the Northern Region. “The demand for Logistics services has been largely driven by the remarkable growth of the Indian economy. The growth cannot be judged with any short term situations, but it is totally dependent on the infrastructural development and the policies adopted by the government. CSS India has got aspirations in gaining greater momentum in the region” Commented Rajesh Arora VP, CSS North India.

CSS has seen a steady growth in its central Indian operations controlled from the commercial capital, Mumbai, over the past years. The remarkable progress in the export segment and projects has attracted major brands to CSS. “We are mainly focussing on relationship marketing which is by far the most important thing required. The overall prospects for the logistics segment in the country are promising as well” mentioned Rahat Talreja, VP, CSS Central India.

The country’s logistics industry is projected to be worth $215 billion by 2020-21, recording a 10 per cent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over its approximate size of $160 billion in 2016-17. It’s been calculated that the logistics players in India may gain due to several reasons such as increased domestic consumption, rising exports, surging container volumes, loosening infrastructure bottlenecks and increased investments in the new facilities. Development of logistics related infrastructure, like dedicated freight corridors, logistics parks, free trade warehousing zones and container freight stations, are expected to improve efficiency, as per reports.

Console Shipping Services towards the Southern region is headquartered in Chennai with offices spread out in Tirupur, Tuticorin, Coimbatore and Bangalore. South has recently witnessed some commendable achievements in the field of Projects Movement, especially Machinery. “It is a welcome initiative from the Government of India to create freight corridors and Logistics Park in the National Highways. Southern region, where the infrastructural developments are by far the best compared to the other parts of the country, will greatly benefit from this new development” commented T K Viswanath, General Manager, South India.

Today, Console shipping services India, with its strategic positioning in major cities and gateway ports, is capable of handling all types of logistics movement both Imports and exports from any remotest part of the country.


May, 2019

EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES


BUDGET AND STRATEGY DISCUSSED AT THE CSS INDIA MEET

CSS India Strategy and Budget Meet was successfully concluded recently. The meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kochi from the 15th to 16th March 2019. Station heads and key decision makers from within the group company attended the meeting along with the CSS India Vice Presidents. The welcome address was done by Rahat Talreja, Vice President CSS Central India, wherein he opened up a discussion on the changes happening in the global economic scenario and the possibilities for CSS India in the coming few months.

Followed by Rahat, CSS Delhi did the presentation. CSS North India Vice President, Rajesh Arora in his remarks re-iterated the need for more close coordination of all the branches for providing flawless services in the entire Sub-continent. For the first time, CSS Colombo also made their presence at the CSS India Meet in Kochi. Ms. Menusha, General Manager, represented Colombo.

Detailed discussions were made on all aspects of export and import services. In her remarks, CSS Group COO for NVOCC, Chandrakala (CK) pointed out the need for more effective use of the IT platform, especially the CRM related activities for creating more transparency in the CSS service offerings.

Midhun George, Asst. General Manager CSS Abu Dhabi attended the two day meet and interacted with all the participants. Special thrust was given to certain network associates and their importance in his presentation as well, by Midhun.

Day two witnessed presentations from Chennai, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Kolkata, Ludhiana and Colombo offices. Closing remarks were made by The CSS Group Chairman T S Kaladharan. He focused on bringing in more combined efforts from all offices for effective utilization of the resources and maximize profits. At the same time, he urged the group members to be more particular in the personalization of services to create a long-standing relationship with the customers.

The first evening dinner was organised at the pool side venue of Crowne plaza. The second evening was organised at the historic Fort Kochi area. All participants travelled to Fort Kochi, Hotel Fragrant Nature. The Dinner was accompanied with a Gazal performance by acclaimed singer Janardhan Athri. It was an enjoyable evening with the mesmerizing musical performance as well as the Dinner.


November, 2018

Warehousing in India


Warehousing industry in India is one of the prominent market segments in total Logistic Sector. Implementation of GST & various E commerce as the two important factors that have created significant growth prospects for the warehousing sector in India. Experts claim a total of approximately 43,000 Crore rupees investment scope by 2020 in this sector.
There are various factors which helps warehousing sector to boost to its peak in Indian market.

1. Growing manufacturing activity under “MAKE IN INDIA” campaign driven by current government
2. Rising domestic consumption
3. Increasing International trade
4. Increasing in Organic harvesting
5. Growing investment of Indian & foreign in warehousing infrastructure
6. Ease of Government rules is last but not the least

In present scenario the warehousing industry is approximately 560,000 crore rupees excluding inventory carrying cost which amount to another 4340 thousand crore rupees with a minimum growth of 10% annually. The industry although is facing a lot of difficulties due to improper cargo flows, improper infrastructure, limited capability of carrying capacity so on and so forth.

Industrial / retail warehousing is major contributor in total warehousing industry with its 55% of total market share followed by 14% – 15 % Share by CFS/ICD, Agri warehousing & Cold store.

Industrial Warehousing is approximately 310 thousand crore rupees market with a basic growth of 10-12% in recent past. Some major players in Industrial warehousing are DHL, Safeexpress, Continental warehousing, Indo Arya, All Cargo etc.

Agri warehousing accounts 15% of total market share with an annual growth of 9-10 % in past few years mainly due to growing annual agriculture production, standardized warehousing operations as per Warehousing development & regulation act, subsidy scheme & Tax Incentive. Key players in Agri warehousing are Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC). Although 30 % of Agri Warehousing is still operated by unorganized small warehouse owners.

Cold stores accounts of almost 16 % of total warehousing industry and it expected to grow at 15% per annum on a sustained basis over the next 5 years with the organized market growth at a faster pace of 20%. Some significant players are Snowman, Gati Kausar, Cold Star, ColdEx, Kelvin Cold Chain etc.

Last but not the least is Container handling & storage. ICD/ CFS accounts almost 14% of total warehousing market in India and in past 3 years it has grown 10-15 % with almost 90,000 crore rupees market value. Government initiatives, faster container rail transport & secure cargo movement is the main reason for sudden growth rate in containerized movement of Cargo. The government run CONCOR (Container Corporation of India Ltd) continues to be the largest player operating 48 terminals which handles EXIM Cargo while 14 others handle domestic traffic only.
In today’s scenario Warehousing is not only for storage and transport service it is fast emerging as strategic end to end solutions that improves efficiencies with organized & skilled professional services. The fast growth in retail, automotive, manufacturing, pharmacy and agriculture along with GST in India is expected to give a proper thrust in Warehousing & Logistic business.


August, 2018

CSS GROUP’S DONATION DRIVE – RELIEF FOR KERALA, INDIA


In view of the worst devastation in nearly a century suffered by Kerala due to the recent rains and floods, the CSS Group is leading a donation drive in the UAE starting from the 15th to the 19th of August, 2018.

Kerala is going through a difficult time, with thousands of people rendered homeless and seeking shelter in relief camps. While the government is doing everything possible to rehabilitate victims, there are still things that the CSS Group and its employees can contribute towards to provide aid.

The CSS Group has teamed up with Dubai KMCC – a registered organization in Dubai under the Social Regulatory & Licensing (Community Development Authority), Government of Dubai and Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department, Government of Dubai. It enjoys the trust and goodwill of thousands of Indians, especially Keralites, in recognition of its efforts to provide relief, both in the UAE and in Kerala.

We request all those interested to extend their goodwill by donating various relief material (please note, cash cannot be accepted. Only material aid can be sent forward). Examples of items are listed below – please note, you are not restricted to just those below – you can also donate anything from foldable beds/cots or even pampers.

TOILETRIESTOOTHBRUSH / TOOTH PASTE / BATH SOAP / SANITARY NAPKINS
LINENSBLANKETS BEDSHEETS / PILLOW - COVERS
BATH TOWELS
APPARELS / ACCESSORIESDRESSES/CLOTHES (PLEASE DO NOT DONATE USED/TORN/DAMAGED CLOTHES)
SANDALS / SLIP-ONS
FOOD ITEMSNO PERISHABLE ITEMS, ONLY PACKAGED
SCHOOL KITSNOTEBOOKS / PENCILS / SCHOOL BAGS / PENS / ERASER / UMBRELLA FOR KIDS

Our offices in JAFZA, Al QuozGarhoud (Suite #308) and Sharjah will be accepting donations from the public following the schedule below:

LocationSaturday (18th August, 2018)Sunday (19th August, 2018)Contact numbers and person
JAFZA8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.04 887 2 333 (Mary)
050 9381 790 (Aparna S)
Al Quoz (CSS Homeward Bound)8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.04 321 7 388
050 980 3 101
(Roshan/Nashmi/Arya)
Garhoud (CSS Logisitcs)8 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.04 222 2 039 / 052 804 8919 (Aparna/Abilash)
Sharjah (CSS Kingston Logistics)-8 a.m. – 3 p.m.06 557 5 111
050 657 6 996 (Thomas)

If you have any other queries, please email marketing@cssdubai.com for further details.


May, 2018

Newer boulevards and Novel strategies


Seeking to strike a right balance between challenges and opportunities, the annual budget meeting of CSS India was held at Taj Bengal, Kolkata early in the month of April. Station heads and key decision makers from all over the Indian offices attended the meeting which was chaired by the Chairman, CSS group, T S Kaladharan.

In his welcome address, CSS North India Vice president Rajesh Arora re-iterated the need for close coordination amongst all branches for the attainment of a more focused approach so as to take the company to ever more heights. For the first time CSS team from Ludhiana and Kolkata had their presentations in the Annual Budget Meet. Ludhiana was represented by Meena Sharma, Branch Manager. CSS Kolkata being the host station was represented by Pijush Saha and Anirban Saha.

Rahat Talreja, Vice President CSS Central India during his presentation mentioned about the post GST scenario and the tactics to learn more from the challenges for enhancing growth. A session on the group software and its benefits was led by the CSS Group COO, NVOCC, Chandrakala (CK). She elaborated on the benefits of increasing the usage of ERP applications and bringing all offices under one umbrella of CRM, so as to better service the clients.

A session on “Effective ways of resource mana- gement” was taken by Ajay Krishnan, COO, Freight forwarding CSS Group, wherein he stated that the one reason why companies end up compromising their profits is due to the inefficient use of resources in hand. Throughout the presentation Ajay introduced tips on effective utilization of resources and mentioned that those tips if implemented properly will go a long way in assisting CSS in revolutionizing their resource management and utilization.

CSS South India was led by T K Vishwanath, General Manager. Budget figures and analysis of each of the CSS India offices were presented by the respective managers with a key focus on their projections and strategies. Other attendees included, Rajeev Kumar, Prasun Roy and Nishu Jain from CSS Delhi, Sandeep Anthur and Thainis Raj from CSS Chennai Sudeep and Jinu from CSS Corporate office.

CSS Group Chairman, T S Kaladharan in his closing remarks, congratulated CSS India team for successfully and profitably concluding the financial year. He also mentioned about his dreams and aspiration about the group company and while assuring support to the various suggestions put forward by the delegates, also stressed upon investing for a better tomorrow through clever delegation and planning.


March, 2018

BOOMING LOGISTICS BUSINESS IN INDIA


DESPITE INFRASTRUCTURAL DEFICIENCIES CSS PERFORMS WELL IN NORTH INDIA

CONSOLE SHIPPING SERVICES INDIA PVT. LTD. HAS SEEN A STEADY GROWTH IN THE YEAR 2017. LIGHTHOUSE SPOKE TO THE CSS TEAM IN DELHI, THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE COUNTRY TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR GROWTH PLANS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES.

The logistics industry is evolving rapidly in India. This is as a result of the combined forces from the infrastructure, technology and innovate approaches from the service providers. India has been widely acclaimed as an investor friendly country as well. But the economic growth has slightly reduced its pace in the post GST scenario.

The lack of liquidity in the market has badly affected the situation. As per Rajesh Arora, Vice President, CSS North India, the outstanding collection has become a nightmare due to the lack of liquid funds. The GST return which has to come from the government has not been materialised yet. The exporters are holding orders as they have to part with 28% as GST and that too for more than 6 months.

Lack of infrastructure is another major stumbling block on the path of development. Emphasis should be laid on building world-class road networks, integrated rail corridors, modern cargo facilities at airports. Logistics parks should be set up and accorded a status equivalent to Special Economic Zones.

“The warehousing facilities, for instance is too insufficient in this part of the country. Delhi market depends mainly on three terminals the IGI Airport, Inland Container Depot, Tughlakabad & Container Freight station, Patpargunj. All three terminals are over booked and not at all properly equipped to cater the entire Delhi & NCR business” Commented Rajesh.

It is estimated that the industry will continue to grow at a robust rate of 10-15 per cent annually. Hence more attention needs to be given for the overall growth and development. Lack of transport integration is another challenge in the region. Delhi CFS has a minimum stopping time of a month for rail movement from Ports. Due to lack of proper service and infrastructure problem 30% of ICD cargo went to SEA ports severely affecting EXIM trade.

Even though problems were numerous, CSS Delhi performed well in the last quarter and the new office in Ludhiana is doing extremely good. CSS India management hopefully wait to hear the government intervention in improving the ailing infrastructure which will bring a greater impact on the growing logistics industry. It is indeed necessary to realise that training facilities too should be improved so as to mould a competent down the line to take the business to greater heights, Rajesh mentions.

Emphasis on research and development is potent because it encourages the use of indigenous technology, which can make the industry cost-effective and can also bring about improvement in services.


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