News Archive – 2002

December 17, 2002
IICL to Give Two Reefer Courses in 2003

IICL President Henry F. White announced today that again, IICL would offer two separate sessions of its popular annual course on refrigerated containers; one in Singapore and the second location has yet to be determined. Costa Rica and Miami, Florida are the sites under consideration.

"IICL is pleased to meet the continuing strong demand for professional education, particularly on reefers, by making its course available in two different areas of the world this year," stated Mr. White.

The Singapore session, IICL's twelfth reefer course, will run from Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, February 14. Both 3-day courses will consist of intensive instruction of reefer inspection and repair.

The class in Singapore will be conducted at the Amara Hotel. Practical demonstration will be held at OCWS Logistics Pte. Ltd. Students will be able to view and participate in practical demonstrations of subjects as they are covered, including inspection of both machinery and container structure (including PTIs), repairs of the reefer structure (including foaming), refrigerant conversions, CFC issues and other subjects. In order to bring students first-hand knowledge of reefer contraction, IICL also plans a visit to a nearby reefer container factory to observe reefer manufacturing in progress.

The faculty will consist of IICL experts Colin Jacobs of Cronos, Roland Tan of Transamerica and Gary Danback, IICL Director of Technical Services and Course Coordinator, as well as guest speakers from Carrier and Thermo-King.

The deadline for receipt at IICL of registration and course tuition fees for the Singapore course is January 31, 2003. The tuition fee is U$1000, payable by credit card, teletransfer or with a draft drawn on a U.S. branch or affiliate of a bank. The fee includes tuition, a copy of the current course textbook (Guide for Refrigerated Container Inspection and Repair), lunches for three days and the Farewell Dinner on February 14. IICL has arranged for a special room rate at the Amara Hotel, Singapore for students needing accommodation.

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

To obtain additional information on the course in Singapore, including a preliminary course schedule and curriculum as well as registration form and hotel information, please visit IICL's website at or contact IICL via e-mail, 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.

For more information, contact IICL President Henry F. White, Jr., at telephone number 1-914-747-9100, e-mail; or Gary Danback at the telephone number above or e-mail

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October 29, 2002
Institute Conducts First of Two Fall Chassis Inspection Courses

IICL President Henry F. White announced today that IICL's first comprehensive Chassis Inspection Course, the newest entry on the Institute's continuing professional education course roster, was successfully completed last week in New Jersey. This course was the first of two IICL chassis inspection courses slated for the fall of 2002 and consisted of a classroom presentation and a practical demonstration. Interport Maintenance Co. Inc. in Newark provided their facilities for IICL's practical demo course activities. The second chassis inspection course is slated for the Los Angeles area in Long Beach, California on November 14th with the practical demonstration at Container-Care in nearby Wilmington.

"IICL understands the need for continuing professional education in the shipping industry, particularly on chassis inspection, and will look to making its courses available internationally in the future," stated Mr. White. "IICL is a long-time leader in promoting chassis safety and recognizes that companies wanting to avoid serious deficiencies in inspection and repair guidelines must have properly trained personnel."

The one-day courses consist of a classroom classroom discussions covering the chassis inspection process and determining damage and repairworthiness and include overview presentations by chassis vendors. The Newark course included a Federal Mogul presentation on brakes and braking systems, and a Stemco presentation on chassis axles. The practical demonstration component of the courses gives students an on-site view at a depot of proper inspection and repair procedures and allows them to review chassis components, damaged tires and damaged chassis. The Los Angeles area course will include presentations by Meritor Wabco on ABS braking systems and a presentation on tires.

Gary Danback, IICL's Director, Technical Services coordinates and teaches the chassis inspection courses. The registration deadline for the Los Angeles Chassis Inspection Course is November 6th and the tuition fee is $350.00. Tuition includes a full set of IICL chassis publications ($85.00 value), Guide for Container Chassis Inspection, 3rd Edition and Manual for Container Chassis Maintenance, 2nd Edition.

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

To obtain information and registration forms for the November course in the Long Beach, go to IICL's home page at or contact IICL by e-mail (, telephone (1-914-747-9100) or fax (1-914-747-4600). IICL also offers individualized courses tailored to company specifications. Contact Gary Danback at for further information.

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September 23, 2002
Flexi-Van Leasing Acquires Chassis From Transport International Pool

Flexi-Van Leasing, Inc. announced the acquisition today of approximately 35,000 marine chassis from Transport International Pool, Inc. (TIP), a GE Capital Company. The acquisition was effective close of business, Friday, September 20, 2002.

This fleet, when added to Flexi-Van's existing fleet of approximately 95,000 chassis, enhances Flexi-Van's position as the preeminent chassis lessor in North America. In addition to chassis, Flexi-Van is the largest lessor of generator sets in North America. With a combined fleet of over 130,000 chassis, Flexi-Van chassis are now available at over 50 depots located in principal commercial centers throughout North America.

Flexi-Van augments its chassis leasing business with various value-added services including fleet management, equipment tracking, maintenance and repair services, chassis pool administration, and license and insurance certificate administration. Flexi-Van employs cutting-edge technology and uses proprietary software systems to ensure maximum customer service.

George M. Elkas, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our expanded chassis fleet, together with the above services, enables Flexi-Van to provide excellent value to our customers. Our highly skilled and trained sales force is very excited about this acquisition. We welcome the TIP lessees who are new to Flexi-Van. The TIP lessees, who are existing Flexi-Van customers, can be assured of a smooth transition and a continuation of the excellent customer service they have come to know and expect from Flexi-Van. This acquisition demonstrates Flexi-Van's continuing commitment to its core chassis leasing business."

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September 5, 2002
Marine Container Plywood Floor Standards Released

IICL President Henry F. White announced today that the Institute's latest Technical Bulletin entitled, "Preferred Standards for Hardwood Plywood Floor Panels" (IICL TB 001) has been posted on-line at and can be accessed by clicking on "Technical Bulletins" on the navigation bar. IICL TB 001 covers the following subject areas: 1) General Specifications for Container Floor Plywood Panels; 2) Quality Control and Testing Frequency; 3) Standards for the Manufacture and Testing of Hardwood Plywood Floor Panels; and 4) Plywood Floor Audit.

Mr. White reported, "IICL and its members have noted the need for industry participation and direction in the container plywood floor panel manufacturing process." In May of 2000, IICL endorsed two drawings: "Standard Floorboard Design for Containers: 20ft and 40 ft Dry Vans" which suggested a reduction in the number of board sizes and standardization of sizes. At approximately the same time, IICL launched a project to test plywood floors and publish the results with the specific goal of improving the plywood floor manufacturing process. IICL TB 001 is the culmination of the project and is intended to provide a detailed description of the tests and to outline recommendations for standards for hardwood plywood floor panels in order to obtain consistent quality in their production. Project tests focused on ensuring new panel bond strength, new panel shear strength and long-term adhesive bond durability and includes recommended quality assurance standards for plywood factories so that the factory itself can develop procedures and processes to prevent substandard panels from being shipped to container manufacturers. Mr. White stated further, "The Institute hopes that by making this technical bulletin free to the industry and the public at large it will help bring focus to an area of industry-wide concern."

The project was supervised by representatives from the IICL member companies: Jack Figueira of Textainer Equipment Management (U.S.) Ltd., Lew Vitalis of Transamerica Leasing Inc. and Hank Heacox of Triton Container International Ltd.

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

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May 7, 2002
IICL Chooses New Chairman

Brian Sondey, President of Transamerica Leasing, was elected Chairman of the Board at a recent annual meeting in New York City of the IICL Board of Directors. Mr. Sondey takes over from outgoing Chairman Hugh Fehrenbach, President of Carlisle Leasing.

Mr. Sondey assumed his current position at Transamerica in 1999, previously serving as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Transamerica Leasing and Director of Corporate Development for Transamerica Corporation. Prior to joining Transamerica, Mr. Sondey worked with the Boston Consulting Group and J. P. Morgan. Mr. Sondey received his B. A. degree in Economics from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

Currently, Transamerica Leasing, has an operating fleet of more than 1.1. million TEU comprised of standard, refrigerated and special maritime containers. Transamerica Leasing also operates several industry-leading logistics services businesses including Trader, which sells over 60,000 containers annually for Transamerica and its customers; Greybox, which provides full container operations outsourcing for three shipping lines; and Greyslot, which operates a market for repositioning empty containers. Transamerica Leasing delivers services by means of a global network of seventeen offices located throughout thirteen countries; in addition, it offers customers the option of conducting their leasing transactions fully electronically through its website at

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February 26, 2002
Three Candidates Capture IICL's Container Inspector's Award

Messrs. Michael J.S. Andrade and P.S. Pravenkumar, both of India, and Ms. Fan Ling Chao of China, have won the 2001 IICL Container Inspector's Awards. The awards were given to the candidate(s) scoring highest among 725 candidates who sat for the IICL Container Inspector’s Examination held in the fall of 2001. IICL reported that the fall 2001 examination had over 30% more candidates registered than in 2000.

Mr. Andrade is a re-certified IICL inspector, having first passed the IICL examination in 1995. He has managed his family's marine container business, Universal Container Services, in Mumbai, India since 1993. He attributed his IICL exam success "to the time I spend performing the quality control function at our depots and more importantly to the training I've received over the years, working with my father Mr. Edgar Andrade, the founder of Universal."

P.S. Praveenkumar has recently joined M/S Albatross Dock and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. of Chennai, India in the position of Senior Surveyor/Depot-in Charge. He received a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from K.G.P.T. Calicut in Kerala, India in 1993 and in 1998, after studying part-time, he received a Certificate in Computer-Aided Design of Drafting from a computer software college in Chennai, India.

Fan Ling Chao is employed by Shanghai Ya Tai International Container Freight Station and Transportation Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China where she is a manager. Ms. Fan was previously certified as an IICL inspector in 1995 at which time she passed the examination "with honors". Previous to her employment with Shanghai Ya Tai International Container, Ms. Fan graduated from Shanghai Teacher-Training University with a degree in mathematics.

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