Uniteam International AS arranges CSC-approval of containers according to the INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR SAFE CONTAINERS (CSC) edited by INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION (IMO) both under the United Nations.
The CSC-approval includes testing, inspection, approval and maintenance of containers.
CSC-approval covers following products :
- New Containers by Design Type
- Individual Containers
- Existing Containers
Approval means the decision by an Administration that a design type or a container is safe within the terms of a present Convention.
This is done by Uniteam in cooperation with established companies as
- Germanischer Lloyd
- Det Norske Veritas
Approved containers are marked with a metal plate: "CSC SAFETY APPROVAL", as seen above
CSC Certification, examination and control
There are two types of CSC (International Container Safety Convention) examination programmes involving certification, examination and control.
1/ by dated periodic inspection, which is limited to a maximum 30 months between inspections.
2/ ACEP (Approved Continuous Examination Programme)
Item 1 usually applies to the small fleet or single unit owner where they can programme an inspection of their container(s)
Item 2 usually applies to large shipping lines that have many thousands of shipping containers in fleet. Having this many in service which at any time may be loaded, empty, inland or on ship would make it very difficult for shipping lines to adhere to a thirty month inspection , so it has been agreed that providing that when resituating their containers in land based depots , whether they are loaded or empty, that these registered contracting parties use only recognised depots where trained staff usually Lloyds approved inspectors ,can examine the containers between uses, the containers can then be included in the Automatic Continuous Examination Programme . These can be identified by an ACEP registration number on the CSC plate. This ACEP registration number cannot be transferred from shipping line to private individual so when purchasing a container ensure it has been surveyed and you have an accompanying certificate from a registered surveyor that it has been surveyed and has passed the criteria required to deem it safe, fit for use.
Whichever system is applicable to a container, the CSC plate is only valid if the container is in good order, if during its normal use it is damaged to the extent it is made unsafe in any way the owner is still responsible and the container can be taken out of service by any authorised agent that may notice such damage. Worse still if the defective container causes damage or injury the owner will need to prove he has taken every precaution to prevent such an incident. It is an offence to knowingly use a defective or un-plated, unexamined shipping container for cargo carrying purposes be it road, rail, sea or air freight.
New Containers have a 5 year period before inspection (for deterioration) is required similar to a New Car and MOT, but it does not mean you do not need to keep in sound safe condition.