Conference Presentations

Over 60 participants attended the COA North America Meeting, which took place at Le Meridien Hotel, San Francisco, on Thursday 25 September 2014.

Presentations made at the Meeting covered a wide range of container shipping and related topics, as well as focusing on current COA activities and projects.

The Agenda and Speakers were as follows:

Introduction and update on COA developments
Patrick Hicks, Container Owners Association

2015 Economic Outlook
Ross Briggs, Vice-President – Intermodal Finance, ABN AMRO

US West Coast Ports/Shipping: Port of Oakland
Ron Brown, Port of Oakland, Maritime Marketing

Container Re-Sale in the USA: Developments, Trends and Challenges
Phil Herndon, Principal, Container Solutions / Portable Cold Storage
Anders Norlin, Managing Member, Box Credit LLC

CINS Update and Developments
Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management – Maersk Line
Chairman, Cargo Incident Notification System

Flexitank Market, Future Industry Growth, Development of Industry Standards
Andrew Watson, Director, Braid Group

Container Standards: Update on NWIP (New Work Item Proposal) proposing an increase of Container Maximum Gross Mass to 34 tonnes
Jørn Heerulff, Convener, TC104/SC4/WG3

Update on Chinese Regulations for Solvent Emissions
Martin Vlak, Business Director Industrial Coatings, DSM Coating Resins

Waterborne coatings in the container industry
Paul McCrory, Global Business Director – Container, Valspar

Environmental Impact of Stormwater Run-offs for Container Depots and Owners
Jeffrey Loucks, National Accounts Manager, ConGlobal Industries

Flexitank Round Table
Moderator: Andrew Watson, Director, Braid Group

Proposed COA IT Division
Mark North, Director, Centtra