Conference Presentations

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