This page lists inspection criteria used by this organization

for all shipping containers.

In general, any container used for international transport must have a valid safety approval plate or "CSC plate". CSC is the abbreviation for

Container Safety Convention.

 

 

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In order to avoid damage in transit, the container should, however, be properly inspected before and after packing. [46] recommends the following inspections:

Outside of container:

  1. No holes or cracks in walls or roof.
     

  2. Doors operate properly.
     

  3. Closing devices operate properly.
     

  4. No adhesive labels from the previous cargo, e.g. IMO placards.
     

  5. For flatracks: stanchions (if ordered) are complete and correctly fitted. For 40' flatracks: all lashing belts are present.

    For open-top containers: roof bows are complete and correctly fitted.
     

  6. For open-top containers: tarpaulins are undamaged and fit properly; ends of tarpaulin ropes are undamaged; all roof eyes are present.
     

  7. For hard-top containers: roof is undamaged, roof locking mechanism fits and operates properly.

Inside of container:

  1. Container is watertight. Test method: enter container, close both doors tightly and look for incoming light (e.g. through cracks, holes, door gaskets etc.).
     

  2. Container interior is absolutely dry. (Wipe up any condensation or white frost in order to avoid corrosion and moisture damage of the cargo.)
     

  3. Container is clean, free of cargo residues and neutral in odor.
     

  4. No nails or other protrusions which could damage the cargo.

Inspection after packing:

  1. The container is packed appropriately for the cargo, anticipated transit stresses and the container.

    A copy of the packing list is placed in a highly visible location inside the container (for Customs inspections and the like).
     

  2. When lumber is used as a packaging material etc., it may, under certain circumstances, be necessary to comply with the quarantine regulations of the country of destination and a phytosanitary certificate or proof that the lumber has been treated may have to be placed conspicuously in the container. Information may be obtained from the phytosanitary authorities of the countries concerned.

    The doors and, if applicable, roof covering have been carefully closed. (Strong steel wire cables, padlocks or high security seals provide protection from cargo theft.)
     

  3. Closures are secured with metal and other seals in order to reduce the risk of theft (record the seal number).

    For open-top containers: tarpaulins are correctly fitted and tarpaulin ropes correctly threaded (Customs-approved closure).
     

  4. If the cargo is covered with tarpaulins in special containers: the tarpaulins are securely fastened.
     

  5. Old adhesive labels have been removed.
     

  6. For refrigerated containers with refrigeration unit and heat table tank containers: the correct temperature has been set. For refrigerated containers, the temperature recorder is running and the temperature is displayed.

 

Unified Container Inspection & Repair Criteria (UCIRC)

FOR STEEL GENERAL PURPOSE CONTAINERS

(For use at all container interchanges)

Revision 3   21 April 2004

1.1  GENERAL

  • These criteria are designed for use at all container inspections;

  • The criteria should not vary between an in-service and on / off hire survey inspection and should be accepted on a universal basis by shipping lines, container leasing companies and container operators supporting these criteria for all general worldwide container interchanges;

  • Items not specifically detailed in the criteria are covered by this general introduction only if they require repair;

  • Any user of these criteria requiring a standard above that detailed in the criteria should negotiate directly with the depot and/or owner / operator concerned;

  • The tolerances / permitted damages listed are not the minimum necessary to meet basic safety requirements but are selected to ensure the container is serviceable while minimizing the need for repair and thereby preserving asset life; and

  • The repair method selected should be the most economical and suit the particular repair location.

1.2     ACCEPTABLE DAMAGE

This is defined as damage that is not to be repaired and includes:

  • All flange damage except damage to weld connections;

  • Deformation of structural members up to ISO +10mm on the side face and ISO +5mm on the end face; and

  • Previous repairs should not be reworked unless the structural integrity of the container is compromised or it is unsuitable for cargo.

1.3    NON-ACCEPTABLE DAMAGE

 

This is defined as damage that must be repaired because:

  • The International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, as amended (CSC) is violated and container safety is affected;

  • The Customs Convention is violated;

  • There is a reduction in the internal height dimension by more than 70mm and/or the internal width / length dimension by more than 50mm;

  • The container is unsuitable for cargo;

  • Cracks in welds are present unless otherwise stated; and

  • Corrosion, not due to paint failure, which causes loss of structural integrity.

1.4  WEAR & TEAR

This is defined as unavoidable change or deterioration of the condition of the container brought about by routine operational use and includes:

  • General paint deterioration;

  • Deterioration of door gaskets and fittings;

  • Deterioration of door fixings arising from deterioration of doors;

  • Flooring de-laminations resulting from routine cargo loading and unloading cycles.

1.5  MANUFACTURING DEFECTS

  • Manufacturing defects or suspected manufacturing defects are to be reported to the owner.

2   MAIN STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

COMPONENT

DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED REPAIR METHODS

2.1 RAILS, HEADERS & SILLS
Top side rail

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked

Deformation in excess of 30mm

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Bottom side rail web

 

 

Flange

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked

Deformation in excess of 50mm

 

 

Cracks or tears which extend into web radius

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Weld or straighten and weld

Front & rear headers

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked

Deformation in excess of 40mm

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Front & rear sill

Holes, cut, torn, broken, cracked

Deformation exceeding 50mm

 

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew
2.2 POSTS

Corner posts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corner castings

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked

 

 

Dents exceeding 20mm

 

Bend, bow or deformation, if exceeding outer faces of corner castings by +5mm on end face or +10 mm on side face

Cracked, deformed, broken

Deformation preventing correct twist lock operation

Weld, or straighten and weld, or insert or renew

Straighten, or insert or renew

Straighten, or insert or renew

 

Replace

Replace

2.3

FLOOR UNDERSTRUCTURE

Fork lift pocket & goose neck tunnel assembly

 

 

Top plate separation from floor in excess of 10mm or floor screws ineffective

Web holed, cut, torn, or cracked in excess of 500mm or extending into a weld connection

Lower flange connection to bottom side rail, holed, cut, torn, cracked extending into web radius

Web deformation below line of corner castings

Top plate pushed up in excess of 50mm, cut, torn or broken

Strap broken, cracked, cut, torn, missing

Straighten or weld, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Weld, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

 

 

Weld, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section or renew

 

 

Straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

 

Straighten or weld, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

 

Weld, or straighten and weld, or replace

Cross members Web holed, torn, broken, cracked, cut, missing

Web deformed in excess of 75mm

Web upper flange separated from floor by more than 10mm

Bowed up by more than 50mm or below line of corner castings

Weld, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Straighten, or renew

Straighten and refix, or renew

 

Straighten, or renew

3   OTHER COMPONENTS

COMPONENT

DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED REPAIR METHODS

3.1 FLOOR
Floor planks and panels Gouge greater than 15mm deep irrespective of length

Gouge more than 6mm deep and greater than 150mm wide irrespective of length

Delamination or other damage (affecting floor strength)

Difference in height between adjacent 

planks / panels greater than 10mm

Holes other than nail holes

Section or renew

 

Section or renew

 

 

Replace if structural

 

 

Refasten

 

 

Plug (maximum 25mm dial.)

Floor fastenings Protruding

Three or more adjacent broken / loose, missing fasteners

Refasten

Refasten or replace

3.2 DOORS
Door

 

 

 

 

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked component or weld, or deformation affecting security and operation of doors

Missing / broken or loose parts which affect door operation or watertight ness

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or patch, or insert, or renew

Replace or repair

J Bars If interfering with door operation Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert
Data plates Loose or missing plates Refasten or replace
3.3 PANELS
Side / front /roof panels including header plate Dents into cube which reduce the internal width by more than 50mm from the inner corrugation including multiple dents, or 70mm from the floor to the roof inner corrugation

Holed, torn or cut

 

 

Dents exceeding the outer face of corner castings + 40mm

Straighten, or straighten and weld, patch, insert or renew

 

 

 

Weld, or straighten and weld, patch, or insert

 

Straighten, or straighten and weld, or patch, or insert

4   OTHER ITEMS

COMPONENT

DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED REPAIR METHODS

Lashing rings Broken, cracked or missing or non functional Weld, or replace, or straighten
Surfaces Glue (Sticky)

Odor, infestation, debris, contamination that can be transferred

Vents blocked, loose, damaged and not weather tight, missing

Graffiti / foreign markings

- offensive / possibly offensive

Clean and/or paint

Clean and/or remove

 

 

Repair/replace

 

 

Repair / remove

ISO decals Missing or illegible Replace
Rain gutters

 

Damage affecting door operation or exceeding outer face of corner castings +10mm Straighten or remove
Hazardous labels Remaining on panels Remove