Container Owners Meeting In Hamburg


COA Meeting In Hamburg


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Container Owners Association (COA) will be conducted at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg on Monday 16th November, on the eve of the Intermodal Europe 2015 exhibition and conference.

Open to members and non-members of the COA, the General Meeting will begin with a welcome, introduction and overview of the association’s recent and upcoming activities, by COA Chairman and COO of Seaco Global, Paul Merritt. Several speakers will discuss throughout the day various topics including container management, finance, insurance and safety.

‘The Transformation Imperative in Container Shipping’ will be presented by Lars Kloppsteck, Co-lead of Global Shipping Practice, at Boston Consulting Group. Container safety from an insurance perspective will be explored by Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director of TT Club. Philippe Berard, Equipment & Depot Senior Manager of CMA CGM will address Convention for Safe Containers, looking at the current and next steps, and Standards for Design Type Approval and Safety Inspection, as well as presenting an update on CIC (Common Interchange Criteria).

Michael Dormer, General Manager, Global Container Services of Carrier, USA. will speak on refrigerant alternatives for container refrigeration and the safety concerns for future refrigerant choices.

A dedicated container floors and coatings session will be led by Nigel Stribley, Director at Blue Sky Intermodal and Moderator of COA Alternative Materials Group. Frank Nachbar, Director of Container Engineering at Hapag-Lloyd will discuss steel floors. The topic of ECO Hybrid floors will be addressed by Erik Kjellner of SP-Extrusion A/S Denmark.

There will be a lot to discuss about container coatings and container manufacture, container management and operations including container weight verification and a status report on the development of COA/TT Club Best Practice Guidelines for Non-Operating Reefers.

All attendees have an excellent opportunity to network and discuss the day’s topics at the post-meeting drinks reception.

Source : COA