COA Container Coatings Webinar: 19 May 2022 – Registration open

“Advances in Container Coatings Development” and “Reefers: The Transition to Low VOC  Coatings” are the topics of the next COA Coatings Webinar, taking place on Thursday 19 May 2022.

As with previous COA webinars, the Webinar will comprise a series of short technical presentations, followed by questions and discussion.

The Webinar will take place at 10:00 Central European Summer Time on Thursday 19 May. To register for the Webinar, click on this link: COA COATINGS WEBINAR.

The updated Conference Agenda wil be pubished on Tuesday.

COA Flexitank Webinar: 25 May 2022 – Registration open

“Best practice in the Environmental Disposal and Recycling of Flexitanks” and “Flexitank Quality Conformance” are the topics of the next COA Flexitank Webinar.

The Webinar will take place at 10:00 Central European Summer Time on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

The first part of the Webinar will include presentations on flexitank disposal, together with a discussion about recycling options.  The Webinar will then move on to covering technical developents relating to flexitank conformance quality.

Flexitank members that would like make a presentation during the webinar are  welcome to contact the technical secretary.

To register for the Webinar, click on this link: COA FLEXITANK WEBINAR

COA Container Pavilion at Intermodal Europe 2022

Intermodal Europe 2022 takes place in Amsterdam from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 November 2022 (Further information on

As in previous years, the COA will organise a Container Pavilion at the Exhibition. Pavilion sponsorship is open to COA member companies. There are many benefits of Sponsorship, including exclusive use of Meeting Rooms and a commercial presence at the event.

If your company is interested in becoming a Sponsor of the COA Pavilion, please contact Kate on for further information and Stand Package Details.

COA Members Meeting: Amsterdam – Monday 7 November 2022

After a gap of three years, the next “face-to-face” COA Members Meeting will take place in Amsterdam on Monday 7 November 2022 (the day before Intermodal Europe).

The Conference Programme will include updates, presentations and work group sessions covering COA projects and and activities, including the following:

– Developments in the Container Shipping and Manufacturing Industry
– COA WG project to harmonise Cedex Repair Code Interpretations
– Pest Minimisation and Improvements to Container Design
– Reefer Telematics UDM
– Container Coatings – Transition Status
– COA Flexitank Quality Conformance and Recycling Project
– Environmental Strategy

The Conference will conclude with a Networking Reception for all participants.  Further details – including Meeting Registration and Hotel Information – will be published shortly.

Pest Minimisation Project: Improvements to Container Design

The COA is one of four industry organisations – alongside the World Shipping Council, the IICL and BIC – which have formed a Project Group which has been set up to investigate the movement of pests in containers. The container industry group are investigating possible improvements to the container design that by the modification of some features might deter the harbouring of pests.

Discussions are taking place between relevant stakeholders about how the project can be best undertaken. Members who are interested in this project should contact

COA Work Group: Harmonisation of CEDEX Code Interpretations

Over the years, a number of “interpretations” of the CEDEX Repair Code Standard have developed. In order to harmonise these interpretations and thus make the CEDEX Code more efficient, thereby developing an industry standard (as originally intended), the COA Work Group focusing on this project has develop a common data code set.

The WG intend a consultation process and will be making amended CEDEX proposal available to COA members for comment.

COA Work Group: Reefer Telematics

According to the governance agreed when it was published last year, the Reefer Telematics UDM is reviewed every 6 months, to monitor industry feedback.

The Reefer Telematics Work Group will meet again in May to consider any further required changes to the UDM.

Cargo Integrity Group: promoting the CTU Code

The Cargo Integrity Group is an alliance of 8 international organisations: WSC, ICHCA, COA, WSC, Global Shippers Forum, BIC, FIATA, TT Club

The purpose of establishing the Group was to promote safety in the container shipping industry through greater adherence to – and application of – the “IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units” (the so called “CTU Code”)

COA supports this work as it is relevant (directly and indirectly) to all of the COA’s Members and it is promoting safe operations

COA Environmental Strategy

“Sustainability” and “Environmental” are important challenges for the container shipping industry as a whole.  The COA Board recently agreed that the COA should have an Environmental Strategy in place, to reflect the COA support of initiatives which, in a cost effective manner, reduce the impact of container manufacture, use and disposal and thereby enhance its environmental sustainability.

A draft document is being reviewed. Members who are interested in contributing ideas for this Strategy Document should contact Patrick Hicks, COA Secretary –

COA Flexitank Quality Conformance (CQC)

The COA Quality Conformance (CQC) scheme provides for a list of flexitank manufacturers and operators that have successfully completed five indepent audits including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Installation, Use and Training Manual, Materials Batch Test and Rail Impact test.

The Flexitank Quality List (FQL) is available from COA website and is used by Ocean Carriers and Shippers as part of their risk assessment when evaluating flexitank shipments for safe and reliable transport.

Further information:

Drewry container supply/demand webinar charts industry growth

Drewry Shipping Consultants recently gave a Webinar to Members, proviing a market update on the container supply/demand situation.   The full Webinar can be viewed by clicking on this link: DREWRY. Below are two slides taken from the presentation

2021 Production
Over 6.6 million dry freight TEU and 386,000 reefer TEU were produced in China last year – both record years.

40ft high cubes were dominant, says Drewry, accounting for over 85% dry freight production and 96% reefer output. Production slowed in Q42021 as factories worked few hours and orders reduced. Drewy expect at least 4.5 million TEU to be manufactured in 2022

Figure 1: Global Container Production:

Global Fleet Growth
As for global fleet growth, Drewry expects the pool of container equipment to increase year-on-year up to 2025.

It notes that the number of ageing containers replace in 2021 was much smaller than expected, as congestion in supply chains meant they were needed for maritime trading purposes.

Production will range between 3.8 and 4.5 million TEU over the next five years.

Fig 2: Global Fleet Growth

COA Technical Reports, Publications and Presentations

Members are reminded that they can download all COA Reports and Presentations from the COA website. The following have been published this year:

COA Reefer Telematics Interoperability Standard
The COA has published an open standard Reefer Data Classification Scheme, supported by an open source Unified Data Model (UDM), permitting interoperability of telematics device data from the industry’s leading container refrigeration machinery manufacturers.

To download a copy of the UDM, click HERE

COA Reefer Coatings Transition – Technical Briefing Report
The COA has published a Technical Guidelines Document (TG-07) for COA Members, providing information about the transition of coatings applied to reefer containers, commencing July 2021

To download a copy, click HERE.

COA Flexitank Code of Practice TG-07
The existing COA Flexitank Code of Practice for manufacturers and operators has undergone a review, incorporating updates and editing the format for ease of reference. The new version will be published later this month.

Webinar Presentations
Recent webinars on the following topics:

– Flexitanks: Recycling and Testing
– Reefer Telematics UDM
– Reefer Coatings Transition

Members may download copies of the presentations, click HERE.