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Container Owners Association – August 2017 Members Newsletter

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In this issue:

  • 20th COA Members Meeting, Amsterdam – Monday 27 November 2017: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
  • Hotel Room Booking: Special Rate for Participants
  • Non-Operating Reefers – COA Guidelines published
  • 2017 COA Flexitank Meeting to take place in Amsterdam
  • COA Container Pavilion at Intermodal Europe 2017
  • COA Acceptable Waterborne Coatings Reference Document
  • Standardised COA Cargoworthy Criteria
  • Reefers/Refrigeration
  • IT Division and Work Group

1.       20th COA Members Meeting, Amsterdam – Monday 27 November 2017:REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

·       Registration is now open for the 20th COA Members Meeting, taking place at the Hilton Hotel Apollolaan, Amsterdam (click HERE for hotel website), on Monday 27 November 2017 – the day before Intermodal Europe 2017.
·       The conference timetable will feature a mid-morning start (permitting delegates to arrive on Monday morning), with a plenary session before lunch.
·       After lunch, the conference will divide into parallel Work Group break-out sessions: Paints, IT, Flooring, Cargoworthy Standards, Flexitanks. Other items may be added, subject to Member requests.
·       The Meeting will conclude with a networking reception for all participants.
·       The Registration Fee for COA Members is: 295 Euros. For Non-Members, it is 495Euros
·       To register, click REGISTER

2.      Hotel Room Bookings: Special Rates for Delegates

·       Special rates are available for Participants wishing to stay at the Hilton Hotel.
·       The rate for a King Deluxe Guest Room is: 219 Euros
·       To reserve a room, click on the following link: HILTON

3.      COA Guidelines for Carriage of Cargo in Non-Operating Reefers

·       In order to minimise empty repositioning costs, container operators frequently use reefer containers in a “non-operating” mode to carry approved dry cargo – either on a return leg or to re-position the equipment without operating the refrigeration machinery.
·       Transporting “non-operating reefer” (NOR) cargo enables the carriage of additional cargo, where reefers need to be positioned for their next cargo move, but are competing for slot space with revenue-earning dry cargo.
·       Because of the differences between General Purpose and Refrigerated containers (both the design and the materials), the approval of NOR cargo – and the packing requirements – must be taken into account.
·       A new document entitled “Guidelines for the Carriage of Cargoes in Non-Operating Reefer Containers” has been published this month by the Container Owners Association – in conjunction with the CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) organisation  (www.cinsnet.com). The Guidelines have been sponsored by the TT Club.
·       A PDF of the Guidelines is now available to download from the COA website – click HERE

4.      2017 COA Flexitank Meeting to take place in Amsterdam

·       This year’s COA Flexitank Meeting will take place in Amsterdam on Monday 27 November, forming part of the 20th  COA Members Meeting
·       There will be a full afternoon Session for the Division, with current flexitank issues and COA projects being discussed
·       To register for the Meeting, click REGISTER

5.      COA Container Pavilion at Intermodal Europe 2017…

·       Intermodal Europe 2017 will take place in Amsterdam from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 November 2017 in Amsterdam (please go to www.intermodal-events.com).
·       As at previous Intermodal Europe exhibitions, the COA will be organising a Container Pavilion.
·       Many thanks to the COA Members who have already confirmed their participation as Sponsors

6.      …with Stand Sponsorship Package available

·       COA Members are invited to be a sponsor of the COA Container Pavilion.
·       Sponsors can benefit from a number of promotional opportunities both before and during the event
·       In addition to a high profile on the Stand, sponsors have exclusive use of COA meeting-rooms for private discussions with customers and business contacts.
·       For further information, or to make a booking, contact: kate@containerownersassociation.org 

7.      Acceptable Waterborne Coatings Criteria – COA Reference Document

·       At the COA’s 19th Members Meeting, an industry Work Group (Lines, Leasing Companies, Coatings Companies) was established to consolidate feedback on the China Container Industries Association criteria published in March.
·       The aim of this COA WG is to produce an industry Reference Document which reflects the requirements of all three key stakeholders (owners, manufacturers, paint companies)
·       Work on this Reference Document is now under way. It has been circulated to the WG members for consultation.
·       It is planned to have a final version ready for the COA Members Meeting in Amsterdam in November.

8.      COA Standardised Cargoworthy Criteria

·       The Cargoworthy Break-out Session at the 19th COA meeting in Shanghai agreed that the industry would benefit from Standardised Criteria for Cargoworthy containers.
·       The aim of this being to ensure that a container meets the minimum standards required to carry cargo – while, at the same time, avoiding both repairs which are not necessary for  carrying most general cargo and also avoiding “life-extension” repairs – that will not have a financial return while the container continues to operate.
·       A correspondence Work Group was established and the COA Technical Secretary contacted a number of owners, to obtain for their companies’ versions of Cargoworthy criteria.
·       The information is being consolidated and prepared as a draft “COA Recommended Cargoworthy Criteria” document, which has been circulated to relevant stakeholders for their comments and feedback.
·       If you would like to receive a copy of the Document, please email technical@containerownersassociation.org
·       A final version will be launched at the Cargoworthy Session at the COA November Meeting.

9.      Reefers/Refrigeration

·       COA Members have raised the problem of corrosion to the interior of reefers and the reefer machinery caused by Sulphur Dioxide and other cargo treatments or cargo residues.
·       Consideration is being given as to whether the COA should prepare Guidelines to highlight this problem and to educate operators of reefers and their shippers.
·       Feedback and comments from Members would be welcome (email: secretary@containerownersassociation.org)

10.   IT Market Report on Common Communication Protocol

·       The COA Board has discussed the possibility of establishing an IT Division, focusing on matters of common interest to industry stakeholders. Subject to interest, an IT Work Group would meet at the COA Amsterdam meeting
·       The Board has also considered producing a “COA Market Report on Common Communication Protocol, Container Tracking, Remote Monitoring and Detection Devices”.
·       Feedback and comment from members would be very welcome (email secretary@containerownersassociation.org)

For further information or feed-back about any of the items in this newsletter, please contact secretary@containerownersassociation.org

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