His Highness Visits Container Terminal 3

2014 opened with grandeur with the inauguration of Container Terminal 3, the World’s Largest Semi-Automated facility, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

His Highness, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were welcomed to Terminal 3 by HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World, Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and other senior officials.

During the visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed viewed the construction of the pioneering Terminal 3, which will add 4 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity to Jebel Ali Port this year, taking total handling capacity to 19 million TEU.

Jebel Ali Port is the pride of the UAE, leading the industry by implementation of large scale automation. This includes 19 sophisticated automated quay cranes and 50 automated rail mounted gantry (RMG) yard cranes, all operated from a purpose-built operations building using remote control technology. This is also in line with His Highness’s vision of transforming Dubai with smart systems using technology.

Automation and new technology are our way of the future and will help our customers and the wider supply chain realise efficiencies on land that the new mega-ships generate at sea. Next generation vessels are a large support system to excellent customer service and will help us offer efficiencies as the country gears up to handle the cargo required for Expo 2020 preparation.

As a result of smart system technologies, quayside jobs such as remote quay crane operations will be located inside the new Terminal 3 Operations building.  This has proven to be attractive to Emirati nationals, including women, who, we are delighted to note, make up a significant number of our new T3 team.

During his visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed talked with some of the new female recruits about their new roles and one of the women crane operators gave His Highness a live demonstration of a remotely controlled quay crane.

Planning for the long term and focussing on the next generation of Emiratis, is something DP World have always done and will continue to for the benefit of future generations. Indeed, 30% of the new quay crane operators recruited are Emiratis. The figure is even higher for RMG operators, with 70% of those recruited being Emiratis.

With the opening of Terminal 3, Jebel Ali Port will be able to handle ten of the largest vessels afloat simultaneously – the only port in the region able to do so. With the forthcoming connection of Etihad Rail to Jebel Ali Port, the port will be part of a multi-modal supply chain that seamlessly links sea-road-rail and air through the Dubai Logistics Corridor, reinforcing our position as the premier gateway for the region and the entire Middle East.

CSS Group Named Exclusive Agent For C.H. Robinson

CSS Group is proud to announce that it has been named an exclusive agent for C.H. Robinson and all of its freight forwarding activities in the Middle East.
On behalf of the CSS Group, the management is proud to announce the affiliation with C.H. Robinson for freight forwarding activities. The agreement will allow CSS to share expertise and further develop trade routes within their respective regions globally, thus providing a stronger service offering to their loyal customers.
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 42,000 customers through a network of more than 275 offices and over 11,000 employees around the world. The company also provides access to over 56,000 transportation providers worldwide.
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CSS Welcomes

In line with its commitment to provide world class service to its clients and agency partners across the globe, CSS group has always endeavored to bring together professional and experienced hands from across various transportation verticals.   As another step in this direction, Anil Balakrishnan has taken over the role of Vice President – Business Development CSS group, stationed in Chennai, India.

A qualified Engineer by basic training, Anil brings with him Liner Shipping & Logistics experience of over a decade and half.  After stints with engineering blue chip companies in India, he began his transportation career with Maersk Line in Dubai.  A very enriching and rewarding career with the AP Moller Maersk group saw him successfully take on various challenging positions within the Middle East & Indian sub-continental geography. His previous assignment was as the Managing Director – Maersk Bangladesh.

Upon being asked on the reason he chose the CSS Group, Anil said, “Over my long exposure to the UAE, Oman and Qatar markets, I have seldom come across logistic companies like CSS which can boast of both client confidence, industry respect and fabulous employee loyalty. The CSS leadership is tremendously visionary and hence able to drive its corporate strategies well in tune with a very dynamically changing economic landscape of the geographies it straddles. It is truly a brand which evokes a sense of pride to belong, contribute and add value.”

On behalf of the entire team at CSS Group and the Senior Management we welcome him to the CSS family and wish him all the best.

Vikram Narayan joined CSS Mumbai as Business Development Manager. He carries with him 14 years of rich industry experience starting at Sentrans India and navigating through major establishments before landing at CSS. Vikram is a creative person whose contribution may set new growth factors on the move to CSS. As part of enhancing its talent pool, CSS India has recently inducted many professionals and experienced personnel recently. Vikram Narayan is a Graduate in Commerce from the Mumbai University. CSS wishes all success and whole-hearted cooperation to Vikram.

New Office For CSS Chennai

Console Shipping Services, Chennai has moved into a more convenient and centrally located office. An official release has been made by the office personnel through email to all the agents and associates. All are requested to update the new address and contacts with immediate effect for maintaining uninterrupted communication with CSS Chennai. Their new address is:

30/10, “Dev Appartments”, 1st Floor, 1st Main Road,
Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai – 600 020
TamilNadu, India.
Tel : +91 44 24414511,12
Fax: +91 44 24414515

CSS Welcomes

As part of its commitment to clients and agency partners alike, CSS Group endeavors to ensure that highly professional and experienced teams are always on hand to provide exceptional service worldwide. Therefore Ajay Krishnan has recently been appointed as

Senior General Manager-Ocean Freight.

With over 15 years of experience in the Shipping and Logistics field Ajay brings with him a host of experience with milestones in years of recorded profitable business growth and proven innovation that contributed positively to his previous company’s growth. Previously, Ajay Krishnan was the Managing Director of the United Arab Emirates with APL, a leading global container transportation company.

When asked why he chose CSS Group, Ajay says, “CSS has over the years established a tremendous amount of industry goodwill. The brand value of the group has increased exponentially since its inception, mainly due to the stability of the senior management and the dynamism of the organization.”

The only challenge that Krishnan sees himself facing is the transition from a liner to a freight forwarding logistics industry. However he believes that with a realistic approach and his passion for taking on challenges headfirst, the transition will be smooth.

Having started out in APL in 1997, as a customer service representative and since then grown to the post of Managing Director, it is clear that hard work is no stranger to Ajay Krishnan. On behalf of the entire team at CSS Group and the Senior Management we welcome him to the CSS family and wish him all the best.


U.B Prince joined the organization in 1996 and was with Consolidated Logistics Centre, Jebel Ali as the V.P Operations till 2007. When CSS Group started its new venture, Twin Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India as a BPO, which provides services for Freight Forwarding and Logistic Solutions it was U.B Prince’s name which stood as a true leader for this division. His domain expertise and versatility in handling critical provinces had given confidence to the Senior Management to designate him as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Twin Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Now he is back to take up the role of V.P NVOCC Operations in addition to COO and is relocated to Consolidated Shipping Logistics Centre, Jebel Ali. On behalf of the Chairman, Senior Management and the employees we wish him all the best.

Go Green – Save Mother Earth Care for the environment

There was once a very wealthy man – he had all the money but all the wrong money habits too – so he ensured that he eroded all his wealth – step by step – slowly but surely – till the day he knew that there is no recourse and that a financial disaster awaited him with a garland of orchids. So as his neck came closer and closer to this garland – he started to jabber even more and more about money – you know the oratory storm before the eternal lull of poverty

But why am I talking about this man – stupid me – slap myself – the IN thing to talk about today is going green – caring for the environment and all the jabber on the subject. So let me sound a little IN before you throw me OUT

Primitive man roamed naked – I mean free of inhibition. Then inhibition prevailed and he covered himself – with a little of greed lust fear anger and other clothing. Then many years passed. He got a second layer of clothes by Armani and Gucci. Now he is a doubly clothed superman playing with machines and moving fast ahead

At the same time as the above hierarchy, Nature was fully clothed with her own beauty. Then she was forced to shed her inhibition for feeding her children (we idiots) and started to get off these clothes – we helped strip her – slowly of all her minerals, forests, snow mountains, rivers, flaura and fauna. Once we saw her sensuous beauty, we abused her, 24*7*365 – for centuries. Today she is somebody who has nothing remaining – but for us and our concrete exhibits

We know of the above, so what. But we also know that our pit is dug, our garland is ready. And now our necks are nearing it with each passing day of DEVELOPMENT. So check your jabber, on Mother Earth – hahaha – on going Green – hahaha

I will attend your funeral and shed a tear too – don’t worry

Rahat Talreja –
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