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COA Pavilion

Be sure to visit the COA Pavilion on E40 at Intermodal Europe. With 10 other COA members attending, the pavilion will be one of the key networking points.

Have a look at the members you will be able to meet.


coaChampagne Cocktail Party!

Starbox International will be hosting a cocktail party during the exhibition, and invite visitors to join them for drinks and small bites.

Where: COA Pavilion (E40)
When: Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th from 15.30hrs - 18.00hrs



COA General Meeting




The COA will once again be welcoming current and prospective Members to its Container Pavilion at Intermodal Europe, as well as hosting its 14th annual COA General Meeting the day before the show on Monday 10th November.

Over 120 delegates were in participation at the 13th COA General Meeting, which took place in line with the show in Hamburg in 2013.

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The programme

Registration is now open for the COA’s 15th Members Meeting, taking place at the Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam, on Monday 10 November (the day before the Intermodal Europe 2014 exhibition).

Conference Programme

08:45 Registration and Welcome coffee

09:15 Introduction: COA Report 

Introduction and update on COA developments 

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Overview of COA Membership and Organisational Developments
  • An update on the COA’s current Working Groups, Projects, Divisions, Future Plans and Future Schedule

Paul Merritt
Container Owners Association

09:30 Session 1: Keynote Presentations

World Economy – walking on the tightrope

  • Overview of Global Economic Trends
  • Recession/Debt Crisis 
  • Impact of these Economic Changes on the Container Shipping Market

Ben Hackett
Hackett Associates

Container manufacturing: market status

  • 2014 market and prospects for 2015
  • Changing market challenges

Speaker invited

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Session 2: Container Flooring

Session Moderator: 
Nigel Stribley
Blue Sky Intermodal

Floors: IICL Flooring Initiatives

  • IICL about alternative floor design 
  • Current status of the IICL Floor Audit Program

Gary Danback 
Technical Director
IICL - Institute for International Container Lessors

Alternative Floor Materials

  • Overview of industry trends and market developments 2013/2014

Nigel Stribley 
Director, Blue Sky Intermodal

Bamboo Floors

  • Sourcing and production
  • Market situation

Jerman Lau
Nantong New Atlantic Forest Industry Ltd

Steel floors for containers

  • Design and performance feedback 

Frank Nachbar
Director Container Engineering

13:00 Lunch

14:15 Session 3: COA IT Division

  • Efficiency for all sectors can be enhanced by improved IT
  • Results of a COA Survey to investigate the key areas where improvements and standardised electronic transmission systems and communication formats can be introduced
  • Panel discussion on possible establishment of a COA IT Division to promote standard procedures

Session Moderator:
Mark North

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Session 4: Refrigerants

Update on counterfeit/contaminated refrigerants situation

  • Results of survey of reefer container off-hire survey for contaminated refrigerants

Mark Bennett 
Senior Vice-President
Triton Container

16:30 Session 5: Container Coatings

Update on Chinese Regulations for Solvent Emissions

  • China government legislation on VOC emission 
  • Container VOC emission regulation draft update

Will changing regulations in China mean increased use of waterborne paints for containers?

  • Status of waterborne applications in the container industry 
  • How can conversion to waterborne coatings be accelerated?

Panel Discussion (Coatings manufacturers)

17:30 Conclusion of Conference Sessions

17:30 COA “Welcome to Rotterdam” Cocktail Reception 


Registration for the Meeting

To register for this Meeting, please click on: REGISTER


Meeting Venue: Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam

The venue for the Meeting is the  Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam

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