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Container Owners Association appoints two new Board Members

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Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen

Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen

The Container Owners Association is pleased to announce that it has added two new members to its Board of Directors. The two new Board Members are Mr. WJ Yang, Senior Vice-President and Operation Group Head, Hanjin Shipping; and Mr Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management, Maersk Line.

The COA is an international organisation, representing the interests of all owners of freight containers, including container shipping lines, container leasing companies, intermodal operators and NVOCCs. It manages a number industry projects covering technical, safety and environmental issues relating to containers and containerised cargo.

Welcoming the new Directors on to the Board, Paul Merritt,  Chief Operating Officer of Seaco Global, Singapore and the Interim Chairman of the COA, said: “In accepting our invitation to join the COA Board of Directors,  Mr Yang and Mr Ernst-Frederiksen bring a wealth of experience and shipping industry knowledge to the COA. Their contribution to the Association’s future strategy will be greatly valued.”

In accepting his position on the COA Board, Mr Yang said: “It is a privilege to join the COA Board of Directors and I will work hard to ensure that this role will bring benefits to all COA members.”

Wj  Yang

Wj Yang

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Ernst-Frederiksen said: “The Container Owners Association has a significant role in the industry and an impressive membership. As a Board Member, I will be focusing on the work that the organisation is undertaking to develop cargo management and cargo safety initiatives in the container shipping industry, from both an Equipment and a Cargo Management point of view. In combination with the Cargo Incident Notification System we will be able to evaluate matters from a broader supply chain perspective, consolidated and holistically.”

For further information about the COA, visit www.containerownersassociation.org.

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