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July, 2017

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.

July, 2016

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.

July, 2016

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.

July, 2016

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.

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