6th COA Members Meeting


Environment under Spotlight at 6th COA Members Meeting

Environment under Spotlight at 6th COA Members Meeting

“Containers and the Environment” was the principal theme of the COA’s 6th Members Meeting, which took place in Shanghai on Monday 16 June 2008. Over 180 delegates participated in the conference.

A full session was devoted to progress in the development of “environmentally-friendly” containers, including

  • Flooring: finding alternatives to tropical hardwoods
  • Refrigeration machinery and reefer containers: reducing the environmental impact
  • Container paints: reducing solvent emissions

In addition to the sessions on the environment, the 6th COA Members Meeting included reports on other COA activities, including:

  • COA Working Groups and Regional Branch developments
  • Container Standards in China, and a review of intermodal on the Yangtze River
  • Development of a COA Flexitank Code of Practice
  • Progress by Ensis on container floor treatment
  • An Open Discussion Forum for members to discuss COA developments

COA: Association Progress and Current Activities 
Bernard Isoard  Chairman, Container Owners Association  Logistics Director, CMA-CGM 

Reports from COA Regional Branches

Richard Sykes  Director, SCF Containers Ltd  Director, COA Australasia Branch 

BJ Chun  Managing Director, Boxjoin Ltd  Director, COA Korea Branch 

Container standardisation in China; and intermodal developments on the Yangtze River
Fei Weijun  Waterborne Transportation Institute  Ministry of Communications, China 

Update on Australian container flooring analysis 
Jim Creffield  Leader, Entymological Services  CSIRO Forest Biosciences, Australia 

Alternative Materials for Container Flooring 
Marc Weidemann  Senior Container Engineer  Hapag-Lloyd 

Proposed COA Industry standard for flexitank manufacture and operation 
Introduction Alec McAndrew, General Manager, Engineering, Trans Ocean Distribution Andrew Watson, Technical Director, Braid Group
Presentation Justin Smith, Project Engineer, Trans Ocean Distribution 

BIC Activity Report
Jorn Heerulff 

The manufacturer’s perspective of the problems of introducing water based paints into container production 
Mark J Chen  Design Department  CIMC 

V.ABC Group progress report on its water-borne container coating 
Cynthia Ho  Marketing Department  V.ABC Group Limited 

Valspar’s waterborne coatings solution for containers 
Thomas Mathews  Business Director, General Industrial  Valspar Corporation 

Powder coating option as an alternative to wet paint 
Roy Frankland  Technology Manager – Asia Pacific  DuPont Performance Coatings 

Background to sourcing of timber and production of tropical hardwood plywood in China and Asia 
Tamara Stark  Forest Campaigns Manager  Greenpeace China 

Reducing Container Refrigeration's Impact on the Environment 
James Taekens Product Manager  Carrier Transicold