News Archive – 2003

August 27, 2003
Guide For Flatrack Container Inspection Released


Briarcliff Manor, New York- Today, IICL President Henry F. White announced the release of the Institute's latest pocket-size publication entitled, "Guide for Flatrack Container Inspection". This manual, the first of its kind, addresses the many different types of flatracks and their key components, and includes inspection tables and proper methods for lifting, stacking and loading.

"Flatracks have become more widely used in today's market place because of their diversity", stated Gary Danback, IICL Director of Technical Services. "The manual's development reinforces the IICL's commitment to continuing professional education and to assisting equipment end users as well as the repair community.

The IICL will use the Guide for Flatrack Container Inspection as the basis for a new course we will offer in 2004. Currently the IICL offers Reefer, Dry Van and Chassis inspection courses in various locations throughout the world.

Representatives from the IICL member companies who supervised the project were: Lew Vitalis of Transamerica Leasing Inc., Robbie Burns of Amficon and Bill Brassington of GeSeaco.

Along with the input of the IICL members this manual was created with the help of equipment designers from Clive-Smith Associates Ltd. and Seadeck who graciously offered their expert advice and information. The manual may be purchased at the introductory price of US$35.00 via IICL's Online Store at www.iicl.org.

IICL member companies include Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCo, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

For more information, contact Gary Danback at tel. +1-914-747-9100, fax +1-914-747-4600 or e-mail gdanback@iicl.org

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June 30, 2003
Nearly 500 Register Early for IICL Examinations


Briarcliff Manor, New York - Nearly 500 people have signed up to date for the September 27, 2003 IICL Inspector's Examinations, reported IICL's President Henry F. White, Jr. With the deadline for regular registration approaching on August 15, 2003, IICL continues to receive applications and inquiries from candidates from around the world. In response to demand, IICL has added test centers in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Cairo, Egypt, Toronto, Canada and Atlanta, Georgia among others.

"The record registration numbers this early in the season combined with the many requests for new testing locations continues to demonstrate that the IICL Examination Program fills an important need for training and expertise in the container and chassis industries," stated Mr. White.

This year, for the first time, the Chassis Inspector's Examination will be offered in Manila, Philippines at the request of candidates in that country. The chassis test has previously been offered in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere countries only, as much of the information tested pertains to U.S. regulations on chassis. However, companies in the Philippines felt that many of the requirements on chassis inspection and maintenance are applicable to chassis use in their country as well.

Candidates may register for the examination at the regular registration rates of $300 for the container test and $200 for the chassis test until August 15th. A late registration period extends from August 16 to August 29, with a registration fee of $350 for the container exam and $250 for the chassis.

Candidates interested in registering can register online via IICL's website www.iicl.org. Test Information Bulletins, sample questions and a list of test centers are also available at IICL's website.

IICL's members are Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCo, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

For more information, contact IICL at telephone +1 (914) 747-9100 or e-mail info@iicl.org.

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May 19, 2003
IICL's Second Reefer Course of 2003 to be Held in Miami, Florida in September


Briarcliff Manor, New York- IICL President Henry F. White announced that IICL has scheduled its second reefer course of 2003 for September 30 - October 2 in Miami, Florida. If needed, a second session will be created to accommodate all those interested in this course.

The 2-1/2-day course in Miami will offer intensive instruction in reefer inspection and repair, including inspection of both machinery and container structure (including PTIs), repairs of the reefer structure (including foaming), reefer construction and operation, refrigerant conversions, CFC issues and other subjects. The course will be held at the Southeastern Container and Trailer Repair depot in Miami, where students will be able to view and participate in practical demonstrations of subjects as they are covered in the classroom. Students will practice inspecting damaged reefers, observe repairs in progress and participate in PTI reviews.

The deadline for receipt at IICL of registrations and course tuition fees is September 19. The tuition fee is $1000.00, payable by credit card, teletransfer or with a check (non-U.S. students: draft must drawn on a U.S. branch or affiliate of your bank). The fee includes tuition, a copy of the course pocket-sized textbook (Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair, 2nd edition) and the Farewell Lunch on October 2. IICL has arranged for a special room rate at the Doubletree Club Miami Airport Hotel for students needing accommodation.

Previous IICL reefer courses have been held in Chile, Australia, Netherlands, Singapore and elsewhere.

To obtain additional information on the course in Miami, including a preliminary course schedule and curriculum as well as a registration form and hotel information, please visit IICL's website at www.iicl.org or contact IICL via e-mail (info@iicl.org), telephone (+1-914-747-9100) or fax (+1-914-747-4600).

IICL's member are Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCO, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

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March 3, 2003
Electronic Data Interchange Standards Released


Briarcliff Manor, New York- IICL President Henry F. White announced today that the Institute's latest Technical Bulletin entitled, "Electronic Data Interchange Standards (EDIS)" (IICL TB 002) has been posted online at www.iicl.org and can be accessed by clicking on "Technical Bulletins" on the navigation bar. IICL TB 002 covers the following subject areas: 1) External Standards 2) Message Types 3) IICL Preferred Cedex Codes, as well as useful links.

The IICL and its members offer this document as a reference guide for current and potential users of electronic data interchange services. EDIS offers the first time user the ability to understand, in a condensed guide, the formatting of message types, as well as the all important use of CEDEX codes in the creation of estimates. In addition, this Technical Bulletin will have useful links, a section with frequently asked questions, a glossary of EDI terms, as well as the ability to contact the IICL for guidance and direction.

The bulletin has been posted on the Institute's website to benefit the shipping industry, including depots, terminals, shipping lines, leasing companies and EDI vendors. This "living document" will allow us to update its content and react to current issues which are continually raised by the users of EDI.

Representatives from the IICL member companies who supervised the project were: Tony Sowry of Textainer Equipment Management (U.S.) Ltd., Richard Cornwall of Transamerica Leasing, and Bill Brassington of GeSeaco.

IICL member companies include Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCo, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

For more information, contact Gary Danback, Director, Technical Services at tel. 1-914-747-9100, fax 1-914-747-4600 or e-mail edisinquiry@iicl.org

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February 24, 2003
IICL's Second Reefer Course of 2003 to be Held in Costa Rica in April


Briarcliff Manor, New York- IICL President Henry F. White, Jr. announced today that the IICL has scheduled its second reefer course of 2003 for April 28-30th in Limón, Costa Rica. This is the third year that the Institute has offered its popular reefer course twice in one year. The first session was held in Singapore, February 13-15th.

The 2½ day course in Costa Rica will offer intensive instruction in reefer inspection and repair, including inspection of both machinery and container structure (including PTIs), repairs of the reefer structure (including foaming) and other subjects. The course will be held at the Park Hotel and USACO depot in Limón, where students will be able to view and participate in practical demonstrations of subjects as they are covered in the classroom. Students will practice inspecting damaged reefers, observe repairs in progress and participate in PTI reviews.

The faculty will consist of IICL reefer experts James Feneran of Carlisle Leasing International, Paul Raitano of Triton Container International and Gary Danback, Course Coordinator and Director, Technical Services for IICL. Additional guest speakers will be announced.

The deadline for receipt at IICL of registrations and course tuition fees for the course is April 18th. The tuition fee is US$1000.00, payable by credit card, teletransfer or with a check (must be drawn on a U.S. branch or affiliate of your bank). The fee includes tuition, a copy of the course textbook (Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair, 2nd edition) and the Farewell Lunch on April 30. IICL has arranged for a special room rate at the Park Hotel, Limón for students needing accommodation.

Previous IICL reefer courses have been held in Chile, Australia, Netherlands, China, the U.S. and elsewhere.

IICL's members are Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCO, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

To obtain additional information on the course in Costa Rica, including a preliminary course schedule and curriculum as well as a registration form and hotel information, please visit IICL's website at www.iicl.org or contact IICL President Henry F. White, Jr. at telephone 1-914-747-9100 or e-mail info@iicl.org or Gary Danback at telephone number above or e-mail gdanback@iicl.org.

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January 14, 2003
IICL Exams Slated for September 2003, REGISTER ONLINE! Over 500 Inspectors Pass 2002 Exams


IICL President Henry F. White, Jr. has announced that the next inspectors' examinations will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2003. The Container Inspector's Examination will be held at over 35 locations around the world, while the Chassis Inspector's Examination will be offered at locations across the U.S. and elsewhere if requested.

More than 475 inspectors from 43 countries around the world passed IICL's latest round of container testing in September 2002. This figure represents an 8% increase in the number of passing inspectors over 2001. Nearly 60 candidates representing Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and the U.S. passed the Chassis exam. Inspectors sitting for re-certification, who comprised nearly 21% of all candidates, passed at the high rate of 87%.

The Container Inspector's Examination tests knowledge of IICL criteria in container inspection and repair, while the chassis exam focuses on U.S. government regulations and IICL recommendations on chassis inspections and maintenance. Candidates who pass the exam are awarded IICL certificates, photo-identification cards and will have their names listed in the IICL Inspection Directory.

Beginning February 1st, test candidates will have the ability to register for the exams as well as purchase the necessary study publications on-line via IICL's website at www.iicl.org. Test Information Bulletins can also be accessed via the website. With the addition of e-commerce to the website, the Institute expects customers overall to benefit from the 24/7 service offered by these new features. "IICL hopes that candidates will find these features to be user-friendly and we encourage all candidates to use our on-line system as a means of simplifying and expediting the registration process", stated Maria Mauriello, IICL's Director of Examinations. Test candidates who use a credit card will be automatically registered and notified of their registration number while those who pay by check, money order or teletransfer will be registered upon receipt of payment and then notified of their registration number.

IICL's members are Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCo, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, Transamerica and Triton.

For further information, contact Maria Mauriello at telephone 1-914-747-9100, fax 1-914-747-4600 or e-mail mmauriello@iicl.org.

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