1. 16th COA General Meeting, Shanghai – Key Industry Topics covered…
2. ….and Conference Presentations available to download
3. COA Container Pavilion at Intermodal Asia 2015
4. CSC Presentation on COA Website
5. CI Awards – 18 June 2015
6. Flexitank Division update
7. 11th COA Flexitank Meeting, Hamburg – Registration now open
8. COA Pavilion at Intermodal Europe 2015: Sponsorship Packages Announced
9. COA 2015 Meetings Schedule
10. New Members 1. Key Industry Topics covered at 16th COA General Meeting…
A total of 117 delegates participated at the 16th COA General Meeting, Shanghai, on Monday 23 March 2015. A wide range of key industry topics were covered.
The Conference commenced with two keynote presentations: Renzo Hoefnagels – Executive Director, Head of Intermodal Finance, ABN AMRO, gave an industry overview on “Global Economy and Trends in Trade Development”.
The second keynote presentation was given by Deng Yanjie – Vice Chief Engineer, China Waterborne Transport Research Institute, who reviewed the Container Rail-Waterway Intermodal Transport System Development
The development and possible introduction of waterborne coatings continues to be an important matter for container manufacturers and owners alike. A special session was devoted to the subject at the conference
Mrs. Huang Kai – Chairman, Guangdong Province Coating Industry Association gave an update on legislation for VOC Control in Guangdong province. One of the first companies to introduce exclusive use of waterborne coatings on its production line is the Maersk Container Industry factory in Dongguan, China. Sam Zhu – Production General Manager, MCI, gave details of the project in his presentation “Steps for Greener Containers”.
CIMC Containers has been investigating the issues relating to waterborne coatings, and the results of this research was given by Pan Zuo – Senior Coating Engineer, CIMC, in his presentation “The application process study of container waterborne coatings”.
These three presentations were then followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Mark Bennett, Senior Vice-President, Triton Container, during which the five major container manufacturer (CIMC, Singamas, CXIC, Dong Fang and Maersk Container Industry) discussed the issues relating to the introduction of waterborne coatings.
Container Flooring and Container Identification
The beginning of the afternoon session focused on Container Flooring. Presenting a paper on behalf of the IICL, Brian Darnowski (COA Board Member) updated delegates on the IICL’s container flooring initiatives, covering both the new Omega design and also the Container Floor Manufacturing Audit program.
CIMC has been developing a Flat Bamboo Floor Design. Dick Deng, Deputy General Manager, CIMC Wood Development, gave details.
Finally in this session, the proposed introduction of a container manufacturing serial number was discussed. Li Jichun, Standardization Engineer, China Waterborne Transport Research Institute, presented the proposal
New COA Projects
The COA is engaged in a number of new initiatives this year. The newly formed IT Division is focusing on two specific projects: The development of recommended Protocols for Exchanging Digital Images and for Repair Cycle Messaging. Mark North, Director, Centtra Ltd, updated participants on the progress of these projects
Another new project is the development of standard protocols for cargo carried in non-operating reefers (NORs). Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management, Maersk Line, reviewed the issues and explained that a Working Group is now being established by the COA, in conjunction with the CINS group, to investigate the issues.
Internal Reefer Corrosion is proving a problem for a number of container owners. Brian Darnowski – Vice-President Operations, Triton Container, outlined some of the damage that is being seen and confirmed that this is an issue that the COA will be investigating.
2. …and Conference Presentations available to download
The presentations made at the COA General Meeting are now available for COA Members to download from the COA website. Click HERE
• A Photo Gallery from the COA Meeting can now be viewed – click HERE to see the photos 3. COA Container Pavilion at Intermodal Asia 2015
Intermodal Asia 2015 took place in Shanghai on the three days following the COA General Meeting. The COA organised a Container Pavilion, to promote its activities and to welcome current and prospective COA Members. Many thanks to our Sponsors:
4. Understanding CSC: Presentation available on the COA Website
A presentation explaining the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) has been prepared by the Common Interchange Criteria (CIC) Group of leasing companies.
To download a PDF of the presentation, click HERE 5. CI Awards 2015 – 18 June 2015
The COA was the winner of the 2013 Containerisation International Award for Corporate Responsibility. This year, the COA has accepted an invitation to be one of the CI Awards supporting organisations. Please find below further information from the organisers about this year’s Awards:
“The world’s container ships are getting bigger and so are the Containerisation International Awards The prestigious Containerisation International Awards will return to the heart of London’s west end in 2015 with a new summertime date. The lunch and awards ceremony will take place at the five-star, Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on Thursday 18 June.
Showcasing and rewarding the best talent and achievements of the year, the awards are a vibrant celebration of the key players in the world of containers
“The ten categories cover the range of container shipping activities and our stellar line-up of industry experts will independently judge all entries.”
The COA is committed to the safe operation of flexitank systems and continues to work with container owners and the flexitank industry to develop, improve and exceed the existing quality management standards. The Flexitank Division of the Container Owners Association was established in 2010. All COA Flexitank Members are members of this Division (and remain Associate Members of the COA). The aim of the Division is to improve the quality of flexitank production and operation, thereby reducing flexitank leakages and damage to containers. This is being achieved through:
Spreading good practice in the industry, including: improved operations, fitting and container selection (via the COA Flexitank Code of Practice)
Increasing quality through minimum performance criteria of the manufacturing and material testing (via the PAS 1008)
Providing Shipping Lines and Cargo Shippers with a regularly updated Flexitank Quality Management List (FMQL)
Since the beginning of this year, work has been done to develop the activities of the Division, to improve the information that is provided to COA Flexitank Members, and to ensure that Shipping Lines are informed of latest developments. It is our intention to ensure that all COA Flexitank Members and stakeholders benefit from this work and to enable them to get maximum value for their COA Membership. Initiatives include:
Formation of a Flexitank Management Committee to ensure good governance and management of the Division
Establishment of a Flexitank Technical Work Group (TWG)
Further information about the Division will be published next month. 7. 11th COA Flexitank Meeting, Hamburg (16 June 2015) – Registration now open
Registration for the 11th COA Flexitank Meeting, taking place at Le Meridien Hotel, Hamburg, onTuesday 16 June, is now open. Key themes will include:
New materials for flexitanks (innovation)
Container design and specifications
COA Flexitank Quality Management List
CoP update Version 4
Future development of the COA Flexitank Division
Dedicated Flexitank website
To register for the Meeting, click HERE. Once registered, you will be able to benefit from the special room rate offered by Le Meridien Hotel.
8. COA Pavilion at Intermodal Europe 2015: Sponsorship Packages Announced
Intermodal Europe 2015 will take place from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 November 2015 in Hamburg (please go to www.intermodal-events.com). As at previous Intermodal Europeexhibitions, the COA will be organising a Container Pavilion.
COA Members are invited to be a sponsor of the Container Pavilion. Sponsors can benefit from a number of promotional opportunities before the event, and during it. In addition, Sponsors can make use of meeting-rooms for private discussions with customers and business contacts.