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Project Specialists – Middle East

July, 2014

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.

November, 2013

CSS Group Shakes Hands With Crawford GTS

It was another outstanding moment for all at CSS when they decided to team up with Crawford GTS in the Middle East region. Both parties agreed to work closely in order to support the forecasted expansive growth in the shipping, marine, power & energy industries.

Crawford GTS specialises in large complex and major insurance claims, and their new marine consultancy offers a valuable resource on a regional and global scale.

CSS will provide regional support for all Crawford GTS offices by providing a complete support platform that services the entire MENA region as well as offer GTS Crawford’s customers global logistics support option.

Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS Group says, “This is an exciting development for us and part of our constant business diversification process. CSS is evolving as a preferred logistics partner for Blue Chip companies in different market segments which are testament to how we look at our business model with a view to constantly improve and service different market sectors”.

Chris Boyd Technical Director, Marine Consultancy Middle East says, “Marine and transportation projects face many challenges in procuring the correct responsive management to augment the technical resources at our disposal; utilizing the correct tools with seasoned expertise will reduce our client exposure during marine operations and we aim at reducing the risk at every opportunity. Working with innovative partners will drive quality which is why we are extremely excited in developing bespoke services with CSS, adding real value throughout the Middle East and beyond. Coupling the skills and talent at CSS with our in-house expertise will exercise real choice in the market and deliver quality at the right price”.

Both CSS and Crawford/GTS have already worked on a couple of difficult projects together which resulted in the end user being completely satisfied with the collaborative services offered and provided.

Established in 1941 Crawford GTS is a company within the Crawford’s Group and they have 700 offices worldwide and local experience exceeding 25 years within the Arabian Gulf and UAE. Crawford Global Technical Services®(GTS)® is the definitive solution for large, complex claims, providing the highest level of world-class talent and the industry’s largest network to strategically manage large complex losses anywhere on the globe. Their relationships span the insurance industry and include many corporations in the Fortune 1000.

The Members of the marine consultancy team at Crawford have enjoyed working for various Energy Majors, Shipping Companies and Marine Consultancies in a lead capacity; across a wide range of Industry. They have over 40 years’ experience working in the most robust environments all over the globe whilst advocating marine safety, legislation and compliance, the Crawford Marine Consultancy Team is ready to meet your current and future project needs. Working with CSS we can provide a client focus project solution; to minimise risk, manage technical and commercial resources and free up your project team to concentrate on what is really important to you.

Whatever you require we are confident that we have the right solution to augment and fortify your existing project capability and offer the following services:

•    Marine Warranty Surveying
•    Marine Casualty Investigation
•    Marine Engineering
•    Marine Operations

CSS Group has got a rich two decades of Shipping and logistics experience in the Middle East and is one of the fastest growing NVOCCs. Based out of Dubai, CSS takes pride in having presence in all major ports and cities in the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Sub-continent. With a human asset of over 750, led by the best professionals from the industry, CSS undoubtedly becomes the preferred partner in the Middle East for any Gulf aspirant corporate. CSS has always adapted itself to the latest trends in the industry to offer efficient and feasible solutions to its clients and associates globally.

November, 2013

CSS Group Visits IFS International Forwarding S.L

CSS Group recently visited the offices of IFS International Forwarding S.L in Spain as part of its strategy to continuously develop and expand its NVOCC routes. Representing CSS Group was Siby C. Kurian, Senior General Manager, Sales & Marketing, CSS, who met with Antonio J. Aznar, Foreign Development & Documentation for IFS.

“I would like to personally thank IFS for taking  time to meet with us and discuss various ways in which we can further develop this growing route for the NVOCC division of CSS. We were able to not only discuss current business opportunities between the two organizations but also identify new growth opportunities that could potentially occur in the following year,” commented Siby C. Kurian.

With over 25 years of experience in the international market, IFS currently owns and operates offices in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Morocco, each with their own warehouse and has an extensive network through their agents thus providing unparrelled support in those regions.

“It was indeed a pleasure to meet Siby C. Kurian and to learn more about CSS Group and the vast array of services it offers its clients within the region. We look forward to work closely with Siby and his team to further develop and strengthen routes within this growing segment,” added Antonio J. Aznar.

As one of the most active players in the Middle East logistics industry, CSS Middle East NVOCC department is a consistent success story despite the fiercely competitive business environment. As a Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier, Consolidated Shipping is rated amongst the top customers of all leading shipping lines operating in the region, with LCL services to an impressive 1650 destinations on a weekly basis. This reputation has ensured it competitive rates and space with major liners for groupage shipments on a regular basis.

September, 2013

New Freighter Hub In Middle East


On request of customers, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo have started operating 14 weekly freighter flights to and from Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) from August 1st, 2013. Built for the future, the airport once completed, will have the capacity and state-of-the-art facilities to handle 12 million tons of cargo annually.

With this development, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will be the first and biggest scheduled cargo carrier in DWC. They are already using DWC as a transfer station for some of the Far East freighter routes and it will now become the main hub in the Middle-East, connecting flights between Europe, Asia, Africa, and India along with their freighter stations Muscat, Doha, Bahrain, Dammam and Kuwait in the Middle East. With this move Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo can offer its worldwide customers more main deck frequencies and a wider coverage.

Next to this, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo want to position their fleet closer to Abu Dhabi (AUH), the hub of Etihad (EY) so they can further develop their co-operation by offering seamless connections in the EY network.

DWC as the main future cargo airport of the United Arab Emirates will become the base for all important forwarding agents. In order to organize smooth transfers between Sharjah (SHJ), where currently many forwarding agents are based, and DWC, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will offer seamless trucking solutions.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) will remain the airport for all of the current passenger flights and the handling agent at both airports is ‘Dnata’, to ensure smooth transfers between DXB and DWC.

May, 2013

Spatial Global Visits CSS Group

Spatial Global is an associate partner of CSS Group for developing the trade lane between the Gulf and the UK. The strong presence of CSS Group in the Middle East region was the key factor which brought the two groups together.

In March 2013, Bryan Hindle, Managing Director and Rachel Morley, Freight Manager, Spatial Global recently visited the CSS Group offices in the United Arab Emirates whereby both companies were able to meet and discuss various strategies to grow their businesses and continue to strengthen their business relationship.

CSS Air freight division Senior VP, Ahmed Al Rais and its General Manager, Jacob Isaac strongly believe that the association of both aggressive agents and focused drive of Airfreight consolidation ex UK with Spatial Global, continue to bring in long term mutual benefits to the companies and clients.

May, 2013

CaroTrans Boosts Global Import Service Network

With an increase in demand for value-added global import transportation services, CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (Non vessel operating common carrier), ocean freight consolidator and longstanding alliance partner to The CSS Group, is strategically expanding its import service operations and coverage in key trade lanes.  Along with greater import service options, today’s logistics providers also need efficiency-building e-commerce resources.  To address this need, CaroTrans actively develops advanced e-commerce tools and systems to enhance the management and processing of import shipments.

In the last twelve months, CaroTrans has expanded its global import service network in key global trade regions including: Asia, North and South America, Middle East and Europe.  In November 2012, CaroTrans introduced four LCL import services from China, including Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, to Valparaiso, Chile.   CaroTrans’ wholly owned and operated Chile office supports the strong South America trade region and the company’s global infrastructure.  In China, CaroTrans delivers first-class, customer-focused service from seven, local CaroTrans offices in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Xiamen.

Two new Shanghai -U.S. East Coast import services also mark CaroTrans’ growing Asia service network.  The expansion includes a new Shanghai to Atlanta port call and another weekly call in New York.

CaroTrans offers a broad range of import services from Europe thru primary gateways located at the origins of Rotterdam, Antwerp, UK, Germany, Scandinavia, Prague, Italy, Spain and LeHavre.

Managing, processing and tracking import shipments requires logistics technology that streamlines processing and provides timely cargo data for better decision making.  CaroTrans offers customers an array of flexible and easy-to-use Web-based e-commerce tools such as their online Freight Release solution that allows customers to easily select and pay for import shipments online to expedite cargo availability.  CaroTrans’ innovative Door to Port Rate application is another extremely effective eTool that boosts processing efficiency and customer satisfaction for CaroTrans’ global freight forwarder customers.Users calculate a combined transportation cost for LTL (less than truckload) and LCL (less than container load) shipments for specific origin-destination routes.  A variety of route/sailing options are presented allowing customers to evaluate and select transportation services based on transit time/destination ETA (estimated time of arrival) and cost.

Offering new, timely global import service options to meet the needs of its customers is CaroTrans’ aim, as well as adding value from innovative, advanced logistics technology solutions.

May, 2012

Yacht Movement

The Yacht and Marine logistics division in CSS Abu Dhabi has recently executed a yacht shipment from Jebel Ali to Beirut. The Yacht AS 52 owned by Mr. Sami Kyriakos of length 15.5 meters, width 4.35 meters, which is roughly 350 CBM, was loaded into the vessel Atlant Trina at the Jebel Ali port. The entire operation was executed under the supervision of Rosaline Nabil, Business Development Manager, CSS Abu Dhabi. CSS along with Peters and May over the years have become one of the leading and reputable partners in the Middle East, within the Yacht and Marine Logistics sector.

January, 2012

CSS Group Teams Up With Naouri Group For Its Iraq Services

CSS Group is delighted to announce its latest service offering to the Republic of Iraq!

CSS Group has teamed up with a well established and reputable service partner the Naouri Group as part of its strategic alliance and Middle Eastern expansion program.

This alliance enables CSS and its global partners, the opportunity to be involved in Iraqi destined traffic due to the strategic importance of this market from the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the world.

Through this cooperation CSS will share in the largest segment of Iraqi Cargo arriving into the United Arab Emirates for transit to Iraq.

The synergy between CSS Group and Naouri Group will develop customized cargo services to all major ports and cities in Iraq offering support from six operational offices in the following areas of Iraq:BAGHDAD


Together, CSS Group and Naouri Group will be focusing on all facets of freight forwarding which includes a team of logistic experts dedicated to handling services ranging from, Air Freight, Breabulk, Cargo Inspection, Customs Clearance, Heavy Equipment Logistics, Land Transportation, Projects, Oil & Energy, Freight Forwarding, Ocean Freight, Shipping Agencies, and Warehousing and Distribution.

September, 2011


CSS Dubai recently attended the largest ever edition of Automechanika Middle East, which was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE.

The 9th edition of the largest international automotive aftermarket trade fair in the wider Middle East welcomed 17,310 trade visitors from 130 countries.

In terms of exhibitors, 1,102 companies featured products and services across the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket industry represented from 52 different countries, rendering it a truly international exhibition.

During this year’s event Dubai Customs revealed the latest import/export figures for 2010 and 1st quarter of 2011 within Dubai’s automotive aftermarket sector.  Dubai’s direct trade in the automotive aftermarket for Quarter 1, 2011 enjoyed an 11% increase over the same period in 2010.

“Whilst the event was full of potential freight and logistics business for CSS and its global partners, it was also an excellent opportunity to meet our existing and potential customers. In my opinion, its one of most important shows in the region for automotive aftermarket and we will certainly attend the next show,” says Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS.

Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, Rahul Mathew, Key Accounts Manager Heavy Equipment Logistics and Hinna Hussain, Key Accounts Manager Projects, Oil & Energy represented CSS Dubai at the recent trade exhibition held in Dubai, UAE.

Some key facts from Automechanika Middle East 2011 :

January, 2010

Project Specialists in the Middle East

CSS Projects Management team has been handling crucial Oil & Energy projects for over a decade now. CSS has been successful in managing every aspect of logistics during the projects life span with its highly skilled & dedicated team. The team carefully studies the project by the complexity of cargo and technically plans for all heavy lifts and over dimensional loads via special trucks, barges, ocean vessels and aircrafts. As project management requires carefully planned and organized effort to accomplish a specific task, the process begins with developing a project plan, which includes defining and confirming the project goals and objectives, identifying tasks and how goals will be achieved, quantifying the re- Project Specialists in the Middle East sources needed, and determining budgets and timelines for completion. With its dedicated hands on projects and close relationship and understanding with the most qualified vendors in the industry CSS has been able to execute global projects that have build nations across the globe. With the projects commercial office in JAFZA, one of the fastest growing free zone in Dubai, CSS has not only been concentrating in the United Arab Emirates but the whole of Middle East with its offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait and Indian Sub continent and supported by world wide network of vendors and agents. Some of the projects handled by CSS outside UAE include Ranhill project in Sudan, Al Hidd Desalination Plant in Bahrain, Al Jahra Power Station & KOTC LPG Gas Plant in Kuwait, Ummbab Cement Plant in Qatar, JWAP MARAFIQ project in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and recently awarded Doha North Pumping Station project in Doha.

Being one of the world’s finest projects specialists, both locally and regionally has also helped CSS to become a proud member of The Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN). GPLN is the premier non-exclusive professional projects logistics network of independent companies specializing in international projects movements by air, sea and land as well as specialized lifts and the special handling of oversized, out-of- gauge and heavy lift cargo.

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