About COA

Сontainer Owners Association – (COA).  Container Owners Association (Headquartered in London, United Kingdom) was established in November 2004 as an international organization representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers. The principle aims of the COA are to provide global expertise, to promote common standards, rules and regulations in the field of cargo transportation. The Association is also aimed to enhance the cooperation between its members and representatives of related sectors represented as associate members.

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IMO(International Maritime Organization -is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. More information is available here.


About IICL

The Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) is the leading trade association of the container and chassis leasing industry. The IICL's membership engages in leasing marine cargo containers and chassis to vessel operators and other organizations on a broad international basis. Members own or manage approximately 90% of the global leased container and U.S. chassis fleets, totaling approximately half of the world's container fleet and half of the U.S. chassis fleet.

The IICL is active in governmental, regulatory, customs, tax, and educational, technological and environmental fields. The Institute conducts activities by means of, among others, a Technology Committee and a Tax and Legal Committee comprised of representatives from member companies and through its staff at IICL headquarters. It is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is active with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), World Customs Organization (WCO), the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as well as regulatory organizations around the world.

Organized in 1971, the IICL is a Delaware (USA) corporation, which maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Mutual insurance clubs

Mutual insurance clubs UK P & I club - now in the world there are about 70 mutual insurance clubs. The largest of these is the Bermuda Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK P&I Club)

 P&I Club is an international society of mutual insurance and indemnity of ship-owners, in which insurance brokers and companies are included as correspondents. By using P&I Club, the participants sought in the settlement of losses arising under insurance claims. Membership in the club as a correspondent is actually getting a certificate of quality in the field of provided services for the settlement of losses for insurance companies, as well as the possibility of obtaining funding for the insurance payments.

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COA Flexitank Code of Practice 

Flexitank Code of Practice - This Code of Practice has been prepared by the Container Owners Association (COA) to improve the quality of flexitanks being shipped in containers, thereby reducing flexitank failures and damage to containers. The COA recommends that shipping lines should carry flexitanks which meet the criteria detailed in this Code, so as to ensure safe operations and environmental protection. Although the majority of flexitanks are transported in 20ft containers, this Code of Practice recognises that 30ft and 40ft containers are also used, and the Code also applies to these sizes.

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