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Tuesday 21 May 2019

  • Conference Agenda published
  • Over 80 Delegates already confirmed
  • Join the Industry Experts – still time to register

The Conference Agenda for the COA Members Meeting, taking place at the Shanghai Pullman Skyway Hotel, on Tuesday 21 May. has now been published.

To view the agenda, click here: COA 23rd Members Meeting Shanghai 21 May 2019 Agenda

Over 80 Delegates have already registered for Meeting. If you have not yet registered, but are planning to attend, please click here – REGISTER

Conference Registration

The registration fee to attend the Meeting is:

  • COA Members: USD 250.00
  • Non-Members: USD 500.00

To Register for the Meeting, click on this link: COA MEETING

Meeting Venue – Pullman Skyway Hotel

The venue for the Meeting is the Pullman Skyway Hotel.

For further information about the Hotel, and to book a room, click here: PULLMAN

Meeting Arrangements

IT/Telematics Work Group Meeting

The COA  IT/Telematics/Track and Trace Work Group will meeting  from 9:00 to 10:30 (WG members only}.

To participate, please email

Conference Sessions

Arrival and registration for delegates from 10:30, with keynote presentations on Container Shipping trends, Industry Finance, Container Manufacturing and New Technology

Meeting Sponsor – Sherwin-Williams

All participants are invited to the Post-Conference Networking Reception, generously hosted by Sherwin-Williams.


Conference Agenda and Timetable


10:30   Arrival, Registration and Welcome Refreshments

11:00         Session 1 – COA Presentations

Introduction and COA Update

  • Welcome, introduction and anti-trust compliance statement
  • COA 2019/2020 projects, work programme and events schedule
  • Future Association developments and strategic plans
  • Update on the IPPC project to reduce the spread of pests

COA Korea Regional Branch Report: Container shipping activities in Korea

  • Update on COA activities in Korea
  • Establishment of Korea Ocean Business Corporation
  • Developments at HMM and SM Line
  • Integrated cooperation, Heung-a and Sinokor

SY Chun
Business Development
Boxjoin Corporation

Session 2:  Industry innovations

Developments in container technology

  • Lightweight container design
  • Smart container for asset tracking

Jinping Hu
Technical Manager – Headquarters
CIMC Containers                          

High-solid coatings for containers

  • Increased throughput and how low bake temperature reduces energy costs
  • High hardness performance
  • Lower VOCs emission, reducing health hazards

Dave Zelch
Vice President, Global Marketing
Sherwin Williams

Telematics – what’s new, what’s coming, what are the challenges?

  • An update on industry developments in Telematics and Track/Trace Technology
  • Report on the COA IT/Telematics WG session

Container Owners Association

Panel Discussion:

  • Current and future challenges facing the container manufacturing industry
  • Trends in new production technology and materials

Container Owners, Manufacturers & Other Stakeholders

12:30   Lunch

13:30         Session 3: Focus on Safety

Laboratory Testing: What can we learn?

  • A review of the laboratory work being carried out to test container components
  • Testing includes:  container floors, corner castings, steel, paints and other items

Ken Wu
Container Approval Manager
DEKRA (Shanghai)

Updated standards for Testing of Containers and Components

  • ISO1496-1 dry freight container tests
  • ISO1496-2 reefer container tests
  • ISO1161 corner casting
  • What’s new in these updated standards? And what does it mean for container owners?

Daohua Hu
Technical Manager – Transport Logistic Service Dept.
Bureau Veritas

COA Criteria for Cargo-Worthy – Update and Feedback

  • The COA launched the “COA Criteria for Cargo-Worthy” at the beginning of this year
  • This document provides guidance for the structural condition of dry freight containers when assessed as acceptable for transport on a one-way trip as a shipper owned container (SOC)
  • Delegates will be updated on the progress with implementation of the Criteria – and feedback from owners and surveyors will be reviewed

Colin Rubery
Technical Secretary
Container Owners Association

Depot Floors – Guidelines for Testing

  • Guidelines for in-depot testing of replacement floorboards for containers were published earlier this year.
  • This technical document describes a test procedure designed to be undertaken within a depot to assess that replacement floor boards conform to the required specification for use in the repair of ISO Dry Freight General Purpose containers
  • Delegates will be updated on the feedback from companies who have introduced the Depot Floor testing equipment into their operations

Colin Rubery
Technical Secretary
Container Owners Association

15:00   Refreshment Break

15:30         Session 3: Focus on Sustainability and the Environment

Coatings: What is the future for the Container Industry?

A dedicated session for  Industry Stakeholders  which will consider future options for container coatings:

  • Waterborne
  • One-Coat
  • Powder
  • Dipping
  • Coating companies are invited to make a short presentation
  • There will then be a panel discussion focusing on the future development of coatings for the container industry
  • The future work of the COA will then be agreed

Panel Discussion
Participants to include:
Container Owners, Manufacturers, Coatings Suppliers

17:00   Conference Summary and Action Items

At the conclusion of the Conference, all participants are invited to a Post-Conference networking reception, generously sponsored by Sherwin-Williams