The Container Owners Association – the international organisation representing container shipping lines and container leasing companies worldwide – has appointed Mr O I Kwon, Senior Vice President – Container Business Management Division, STX Panocean Co Ltd, to its Board of Directors.
Mr Kwon joins six other Directors, who represent some of the world’s largest container owners, on the Board of the Container Owners Association.
“It is a great honour – both for me personally, and for my company STX Panocean – to join the COA Board, ” Mr Kwon says. “This position carries considerable responsibility and I will do my best to promote the COA in Asia and to support the wide range of initiatives that the COA is working on.
The COA Board comprises senior representatives from some of the world’s largest container shipping lines and leasing companies, including: Maersk Line, CMA-CGM, United Arab Shipping Company, STX Panocean, Seaco Global, Triton Container and Florens Container Services. Its newly appointed Chairman is Michael Callus, Vice-President, Container Management, at UASC.
The Container Owners Association (COA) was established in November 2004 as an international organisation representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers, worldwide. It has over 165 Members, including container shipping lines, leasing companies, intermodal operators and suppliers of a wide range of container equipment and services.
The principle aims of the COA are to develop industry standards, to disseminate information through conferences, training and education, to promote safe container operations, lobby relevant regulatory authorities and to promote environmental awareness.
By joining the COA, companies can become part of a global association, whose members are at the forefront of the container shipping business. Full COA membership is open tocompanies whose main activity is operating and leasing containers and Associate membership is for suppliersof container equipment and services. Further information on www.