COA elects new chairman and vice-chairman
The board of directors of the container owners association (COA) has elected Uffe Ernst-Fredriksen, head of cargo management, AP Moller-Maersk, to the position of COA chairman. Ernst-Frederiksen takes over from Brian Darnowski, senior vice-president – operations, Triton International, who has completed his three-year term of office.
The COA board has also elected Paul Johnescu, vice-president, facilities & equipment engineering, Matson Navigation Company, as the organisation’s vice-chairman. Ernst-Frederiksen was previously vice-chairman and has been a board member of the COA since 2014, while Johnescu joined the board in 2016.
“The container shipping industry continues to face challenging times for the foreseeable future,” says Ernst-Frederiksen, “but I am looking forward to working with the COA board and our members to provide tangible membership benefits, with the focus on encouraging safe working practices, improving efficiency, developing common standards and promoting environmental best practices.” (mw)