News Archive – 2005

September 2, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IICL Elects New Chairman


Briarcliff Manor, New York - IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr., announced that Jeff X.D. Shi, President of Florens Container Services (USA) Limited, was elected Chairman of the IICL's Board of Directors for 2005 succeeding Tony C.H. Kwok who passed away unexpectedly.

Mr. Shi commenced his shipping career in COSCO Guangzhou in 1972, after graduation from the Maritime Department of Shanghai Maritime University. Subsequently, in 1980, he was appointed as the manager of the container shipping and logistics department of COSCO Guangzhou and in 1987, on instruction by COSCO, Mr. Shi co-founded the first Florens entity in Hong Kong, commencing his service as Vice President and Director of Marketing. In 1998, Mr. Shi was appointed President of Florens Container Services (USA) Limited.

Currently, Florens Container Services Company Limited has an operating fleet in excess of 1,000,000 TEU. Their group fleet is comprised of both dry cargo, specialized and reefer containers. Florens not only supplies the international market with long-term and master leases, but also offers a full array of used containers for sale around the world. The company maintains its headquarters in Hong Kong with additional corporate functions performed from offices in San Francisco, CA, and they also enjoy a marketing presence in 12 countries, with dedicated offices in 12 strategic locations. Most of their marketing directors have more than 10 years of industry experience and, coupled with senior management's depth of knowledge, gives Florens Container Services Company Limited the expertise to proactively adapt their business to meet industry demands. Their applications are delivered over a standard Internet browser for comprehensive business management providing real-time business solutions in a pure-internet environment through their website at www.florens.com

Florens became a member of IICL in 1996. IICL's other members include Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, GESeaCo, Gold, Interpool, TAL, Textainer, Trac, and Triton.

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July 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
More Than 500 Register For IICL Examinations


Briarcliff Manor, New York – More than 500 people have signed up to date for the September 24, 2005 IICL Inspector’s Examinations, reported IICL’s President Henry F. White, Jr. With the deadline for regular registration approaching on August 12, 2005, IICL continues to receive applications and inquiries from candidates from around the world. In response to demand, IICL has added test centers in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Chennai, India and Montevideo, Uruguay 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, the Chassis Inspector’s Examination will be offered in Shanghai, China; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Seoul, South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at the request of candidates in those countries. 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.

Candidates may register for the examination at the regular registration rates of US$325 for the container test and US$225 for the chassis test until August 12th. A late registration period extends from August 13 to August 26, with a registration fee of $350 for the container exam and $250 for the chassis.

Candidates interested in registering may do so 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, TAL and Triton.

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

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May 20, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IICL Publishes New Reefer Guide

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NEW YORK- Today, IICL President Henry F. White announced the future release of IICL's pocket-sized Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair, 3rd edition. This new edition specifically addresses Section 4, Inspection of Refrigerated Container Body. In an effort to standardize dry van and reefer inspection criteria, the IICL and its members have worked to revise the inspection of the reefer body. Each of the inspection tables noted in this section has been adjusted to reflect what we believe are more accurate values based on a detailed analysis of members' fleets.

"With steel reefer boxes now being the standard to which the majority of equipment is built today, it was only natural that the inspection criteria be more in line with the dry box fleets", stated Gary Danback, IICL Director of Technical Services.

The new manual will serve as the course textbook for the upcoming IICL Reefer Inspection Course in Valparaiso, Chile in September. Special attention will be given to the review of this new material.

Available June 1, copies of the new IICL Reefer Guide may be purchased at a special introductory price of US$50.00 via IICL's Online Store at www.iicl.org This sale is only valid through July 1, 2005. After this date, price is US$60.00 per copy.

The IICL Reefer Manual working group consisted of the following individuals and member companies: Jim Feneran of Carlisle, Colin Jacobs of Cronos, Rich Corvi of Florens, Eddie Tucker of GESeaco, John Lovegrove of TAL International, and Paul Raitaino of Triton.

IICL member companies include Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, Florens, GE SeaCo, Gold, Interpool, Textainer, Trac, TAL 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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April 29, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Finger Cracking Plywood Floor Standards Released


Briarcliff Manor, New York - IICL President Henry F. White, Jr., announced today that the Institute's latest Technical Bulletin entitled, "Finger Cracking in Plywood Floor Boards", (IICL TB 003) has been posted online at www.iicl.org and can be accessed by clicking on "Technical Bulletins" on the navigation bar. IICL TB 003 covers the following subject area: 1) Finger cracks which appear to the outer veneer on the underside of plywood floorboards.

The IICL and its members have noticed the need to address the issue of finger cracking in plywood floorboards. The ability to discern when this condition needs to be repaired or left alone is paramount during the inspection process. Finger cracks alone do not warrant the replacement of a floorboard providing specific criteria is met. This Technical Bulletin will allow the inspector to apply four simple rules to determine the extent of potential damage to the interior ply layers of a board. Should none of these situations be present then the board should not be replaced.

The bulletin has been posted on the Institute's website to benefit all parties involved during the off and on-hire inspection process. The information provided in the Technical Bulletin will assist the inspector in making his determination as to whether or not a section of board needs to be replaced or left intact.

The project was supervised by representatives from the IICL member companies: Michael Hohndorf of Container Applications International, Inc. Hank Heacox of Triton Container International Ltd. Jack Figueira of Textainer Equipment Management (U.S.) Ltd. and Luiz Goncalves of Florens Container Services (USA) Ltd.

For more information, contact Gary Danback, Director, Technical Services at Tel 1-914-747-9100, Fax 1-914-747-4600 or E-mail gdanback@iicl.org

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

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March 11, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IICL Announces Inspector Awards

Briarcliff Manor, New York - IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr., has announced the award winners of the 2004 Container and Chassis Inspector's Examinations. The awards are given to the candidate(s) achieving the highest score on the exams held the previous fall.

P.V. Sathisa Baboo of India received the Container Award while Bryan Scott Crook and Gary Mendez, both of the United States, shared the Chassis Award. Among more than 700 container candidates worldwide, Mr. Baboo achieved a near perfect score of 99%. Messrs. Crook and Mendez outscored nearly 100 chassis candidates worldwide by achieving a top score of 97%.

The 2004 Container Inspector's Awards established a new record. Never before in the history of the examination program has a candidate completed a "hat trick" in achieving the award. Prior to 2004, Mr. Baboo was the top scorer for the IICL Examinations conducted in 1984 and 1994, achieving perfect scores both of those years. He is also one of the few inspectors worldwide who hold quintuple honors certification from IICL.

For the past thirty years, Mr. Baboo has been the Principal Surveyor and CEO of M/s. Services Integrated. The firm is engaged in surveying, consulting and quality control of all aspects of containers, from the manufacturing process to scraping. Headquartered in Cochin, Services Integrated now has branch offices covering the entire coastline of India, in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Tuticorin. Prior to establishing Services Integrated in 1976, Mr. Baboo served as a mechanical engineer. He is married to a recently retired headmistress and has one son. The award arrived just in time for Mr. Baboo's 60th birthday.

Mr. Crook is currently a Longshoreman ILA Local 30 West Gulf Maritime, employed at Chiquita North America in Freeport, Texas as a reefer technician and mechanic. He has been employed at this position for four years. Previously, Mr. Crook was self-employed for six years as an owner operator in the trucking industry and was an engineer in the offshore marine industry for fifteen years. He has been married for twenty-five years and has two children and one grandchild.

Mr. Mendez has worked as a Maintenance and Repair employee at International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS) in Long Beach, California for over 27 years. Prior to his employment at ITS, he completed a Maintainance Trainee program at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and completed courses at the Harbor Occupational Center in San Pedro, California with an emphasis in welding and blueprint reading. Mr. Mendez has been married for sixteen years and is the father of a son and daughter.

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

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February 23, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IICL Publishes New IICL-5 Manual

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NEW YORK- Today, IICL President Henry F. White, Jr., announced the release of IICL's new pocket-sized Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, 5th edition (IICL-5). This manual was originally published in 1996.

The new version of the IICL-5 has been upgraded with a completely new section on cleaning and includes all of the photographs currently illustrated in the IICL Cleaning Guide.

Copies of the new IICL-5 manual may be purchased for US$50.00 via IICL's Online Store at www.iicl.org

The IICL is currently in the process of pocket-sizing all existing manuals with the Guide for Container Chassis Inspection scheduled for release this Spring. This revision will include tables, which address maintenance schedules currently denoted in the Manual for Container Chassis Maintenance.

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

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

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February 18, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IICL'S Second Reefer Course of 2005 to be Held in Chile in September

Briarcliff Manor, New York-IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr. announced today that the IICL has scheduled its second reefer course of 2005 for September 13-15th in Valparaiso, Chile. The first reefer course this year will be held in Rotterdam- Netherlands, March 15-18th; registrations are currently being accepted.

The 2½ day course in Chile will offer intensive instruction of IICL reefer container inspection and repair. Other topics planned for the course will be drawn from the following: reefer body and machinery construction and operation. The course will be held at the Gala Hotel Viña del Mar and TESCO depot in Valparaiso, where students will be able to view and participate in practical demonstrations of subjects as they are covered in the classroom. The course will be conducted in English, with a Spanish translator present.

The deadline for receipt at IICL of registrations and course tuition fees for the Valparaiso course is August 31st. 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 pocket-size course textbook (Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair, 2nd edition) and a Farewell Lunch.

To obtain additional information on the courses in Rotterdam and Valparaiso, including a preliminary course schedule and a registration form, please visit IICL's website at www.iicl.org or contact Course Instructor, Gary Danback , at +1 (914) 747-9100, or email gdanback@iicl.org

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

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January 13, 2005
IICL Launches Online Course


Briarcliff Manor, New York - IICL today released a pilot online course - its first online course to supplement its existing Continuing Professional Education Program. The course, titled Introduction to Containerization, serves as a simple first step in providing basic information on the history of the industry, equipment types and industry standards for the container industry. This course presents a clear and concise initiation into the container world, with its step-by-step arrangement and instructive photographs - a must for those who have had little or no experience with intermodal containerization.

One reviewer advised, "Up to recently my knowledge of containers had been confined to The Container Store where I eagerly sought organizers for closets and sliding baskets for cabinets. I was thus surprised to discover that the conception of the container as a means for conveying cargo started a revolution in transportation in the late 1950's, and that 95% of the world's trade today is shipped in various kinds of these containers."

Introduction to Containerization is designed to promote understanding worldwide with its convenient 24/7 service feature and easy to follow instructions; it may be taken in one sitting. This course is free of charge and is readily accessible via IICL's website www.iicl.org The IICL invites students to participate as well as submit feedback. The presentation will be updated weekly as feedback is received and additional information becomes available.

For more information, please contact IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr., at +1 (914) 747-9100, or email info@iicl.org

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January 7, 2005
IICL Elects New Chairman


Briarcliff Manor, New York - IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr., announced that Tony Kwok, Chief Executive Officer of Florens Container Services Company Limited, and a veteran of over twenty years in the container leasing industry, was elected Chairman of the IICL's Board of Directors for 2005. Mr. Kwok succeeds outgoing Chairman, Angus Frew, GESeaCo's President, as of January 1st.

Mr. Kwok, who received his undergraduate education at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, assumed his current position at Florens in 1996 following fifteen years of service and increased responsibility, including Vice President of Marketing for the Far East, with Trans Ocean Ltd. Following his election, Mr. Kwok advised: "I look forward to continuing the strong leadership of the IICL exhibited by Angus over the past year and to continue the IICL's role as a prominent advocate for both the transportation and leasing industries. With containerization reaching new, robust economic levels in the transportation industry, I look forward to the challenge of further enhancing the value of the leasing industry to our customers and their further success."

Currently, Florens Container Services Company Limited has an operating fleet in excess of 900,000 TEU. Their group fleet is comprised of both dry cargo, including the 45' high cube, and reefer containers. Florens not only supplies the international market with long-term and master leases, but also offers a full array of used containers for sale around the world. The company maintains its headquarters in Hong Kong with additional corporate functions performed from offices in San Francisco, CA, and they also enjoy a marketing presence in 12 countries, with dedicated offices in 12 strategic locations. Most of their marketing directors have more than 10 years of industry experience and, coupled with senior management's depth of knowledge, gives Florens Container Services Company Limited the expertise to proactively adapt their business to meet industry demands. Their applications are delivered over a standard Internet browser for comprehensive business management providing real-time business solutions in a pure-internet environment through their website at www.florens.com

Florens became a member of IICL in 1996. IICL's other members include Amficon, CAI, Carlisle, Cronos, Flexi-Van, GESeaCo, Gold, Interpool, TAL, Textainer, Trac, and Triton.

For more information, contact IICL President, Henry F. White, Jr., at +1 (914) 747-9100, or email info@iicl.org

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January 4, 2005
IICL Announces 2005 Continuing Professional Education Course Schedule


Briarcliff Manor, New York- IICL President Henry F. White announced the 2005 IICL Continuing Professional Education Course schedule. Ten courses will be offered throughout the year, including two sessions of the popular Reefer Course and four sessions of each the Chassis Inspection and Dry Van Inspection courses.

The Refrigerated container course consists of intensive instruction of reefer inspection and repair.
Rotterdam, Netherlands - March 15 - 18
Second location has yet to be determined

The Chassis Inspection course allows for a review of IICL chassis manuals and criteria in addition to presentations made by industry experts covering brake and tire issues.
New York - February 2
Miami - April 7
Chicago - September 13
Los Angeles - October 12

The Dry Van Inspection course will address inspection and repair as well as review damage criteria.
In addition, students will become more familiar with the IICL measuring techniques.
New York - February 3
Miami - April 8
Chicago - September 14
Los Angeles - October 13

To obtain additional information on the courses as well as a registration form, 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.

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