Sofitel Hotel Hamburg – Monday 4 November 2019
Conference Registration Now Open

  • Wide range of container industry topics covered in the conference programme

1. Meeting Arrangements

  • The 24th COA Members Meeting will take place at the Sofitel Hotel Hamburg on Monday 4 November 2019 – the day before Intermodal Europe 2019. To Register for the Meeting, click HERE
  • The conference timetable will feature a 11:00 start (Registration and Refreshments from 10:30 onwards), with plenary sessions in the morning and parallel Work Group Sessions in the Afternoon
  • The conference will focus on key container industry issues: Market Trends, Manufacturing and Design, IPPC< Coatings, IT/Telematics, Cargoworthy, Reefers, Depot Management and Standards. Other items may be added, subject to Member requests.
  • The Meeting will conclude with a “Welcome to Hamburg” Networking Reception for all participants.

2. Conference Registration

  • The Registration Fee is: 325 Euros (COA Members) and 455 Euros (non-Members).
  • To register for the Conference, click HERE

3. Conference Agenda

  • The conference agenda is shown below
  • Please note that this agenda is provisional, and subject to alteration


COA Meeting Agenda

10:30    Arrival and Coffee

11:00 Plenary Presentations

  • COA Update
  • International Plant Protection Convention Report
  • Global shipping developments – and Sustainable Finance Initiatives
  • IICL Update on Projects and Technical Agenda

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Technical Presentations

  • Coding of Repairs (CEDEX, MARS, STS …)
  • Container Qualities

Break-out Parallel Technical Groups

Group A: Focus on Container Coatings

Many new developments coming on stream that are in due course expected to supersede the existing waterborne coatings.
The aim of this Special Coatings Session is to:

  1. Update and inform members of coating industry developments relating to container new production
  2. Prepare a “COA Coatings Information Paper” for Members, based on the results and presentations in this session

Key elements to be discussed

  • Composition of the paint matrix
  • Delivery method
  • Material efficiency
  • Drying and curing
  • Durability of the paint
  • Availability of the product in the market
  • Cost-delta
  • Benefits

Group B: IT, Telematics, Track & Trace

The COA supports its members to help develop standards and guidelines for Telematics, Track & Trace. This Session will review a number of issues and initiatives:

  • Progress on the development of interoperability standard for Reefer Containers
  • Future work on a standard for Dry Freight Containers
  • Co-operation with other Organisations
  • ISO 9897 Standard for Container Repair Coding Standard for EDI