Merchant Shipping (Safe Containers Convention) Act, 2011 (Act No. 10 of 2011)

Annex I : Regulations for the Testing, Inspection, Approval and Maintenance of Containers

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Chapter I

Regulations Common to all Systems of Approval

 

1.Safety Approval Plate

 

1)
a)A Safety Approval Plate conforming to the specifications set out in the Appendix to this Annex shall be permanently affixed to every approved container at a readily visible place, adjacent to any other approval plate issued for official purposes, where it would not be easily damaged.
b)On each container, all maximum gross weight markings shall be consistent with the maximum gross weight information on the Safety Approval Plate.
c)The owner of the container shall remove the Safety Approval Plate on the container if:
i)the container has been modified in a manner which would void the original approval and the information found on the Safety Approval Plate; or
ii)the container is removed from service and is not being maintained in accordance with the Convention; or
iii)the approval has been withdrawn by the Administration.

 

2)
a)The plate shall contain the following information in at least the English or French language:

"CSC SAFETY APPROVAL"

Country of approval and approval reference

Date (month and year) of manufacture

Manufacturer's identification number of the container or, in the case of existing containers for which that number is unknown, the number allotted by the Administration Maximum operating gross weight (kg and lb)

Allowable stacking weight for 1,8 g (kg and lb)

Transverse racking test load value (kg and lb).

b)A blank space should be reserved on the plate for insertion of end-wall and/or side-wall strength values (factors) in accordance with paragraph 3 of this Regulation and Annex II, tests 6 and 7. A blank space should also be reserved on the plate for the first and subsequent maintenance examination dates (month and year) when used.

 

3)Where the Administration considers that a new container satisfies the requirements of the present Convention in respect of safety and if, for such container, the end-wall and/or side-wall strength values (factors) are designed to be greater or less than those stipulated in Annex II, such values shall be indicated on the Safety Approval Plate.

 

4)The presence of the Safety Approval Plate does not remove the necessity of displaying such labels or other information as may be required by other regulations which may be in force.

 

2.Maintenance and examination

 

1)The owner of the container shall be responsible for maintaining it in safe condition.

 

2)
a)The owner of an approved container shall examine the container or have it examined in accordance with the procedure either prescribed or approved by the Contracting Party concerned, at intervals appropriate to operating conditions.
b)The date (month and year) before which a new container shall undergo its first examination shall be marked on the Safety Approval Plate.
c)The date (month and year) before which the container shall be re-examined shall be clearly marked on the container on or as dose as practicable to the Safety Approval Plate and in a manner acceptable to that Contracting Party which prescribed or approved the particular examination procedure involved.
d)The interval from the date of manufacture to the date of the first examination shall not exceed five years. Subsequent examination of new containers and re-examination of existing containers shall be at intervals of not more than 30 months. All examinations shall determine whether the container has any defects which could place any person in danger.

 

3)
a)As an alternative to paragraph 2, the Contracting Party concerned may approve a continuous examination programme if satisfied, on evidence submitted by the owner, that such a programme provides a standard of safety not inferior to the one set out in paragraph 2 above.
b)To indicate that the container is operated under an approved continuous examination programme, a mark showing the letters "ACEP" and the identification of the Contracting Party which has granted approval of the programme shall be displayed on the container on or as close as practicable to the Safety Approval Plate.
c)All examinations performed under such a programme shall determine whether a container has any defects which could place any person in danger. They shall be performed in connection with a major repair, refurbishment, or on-hire/off hire 20 interchange and in no case less than once every 30 months.

 

4)For the purpose of this Regulation "the Contracting Party concerned" is the Contracting Party of the territory in which the owner is domiciled or has his head office.

However, in the event that the owner is domiciled or has his head office in a country the government of which has not yet made arrangements for prescribing or approving an examination scheme and until such time as the arrangements have been made, the owner may use the procedure prescribed or approved by the Administration of a Contracting Party which is prepared to act as the Contracting Party concerned. The owner shall comply with the conditions for the use of such procedures set by the Administration in question.

 

 

Chapter II

Regulations for Approval of New Containers by Design Type

 

3.Approval of new containers

 

To qualify for approval for safety purposes under the present Convention all new containers shall comply with the requirements set out in Annex II.

 

4.Design type approval

 

In the case of containers for which an application for approval has been submitted, the Administration will examine designs and witness testing of a prototype container to ensure that the containers will conform with the requirements set out in Annex II. When satisfied, the Administration shall notify the applicant in writing that the container meets the requirements of the present Convention and this notification shall entitle the manufacturer to affix the Safety Approval Plate to every container of the design type series.

 

5.Provisions for approval by design type

 

1)Where the containers are to be manufactured by design type series, application made to an Administration for approval by design type shall be accompanied by drawings, a design specification of the type of container to be approved and such other data as may be required by the Administration.

 

2)The applicant shall state the identification symbols which will be assigned by the manufacturer to the type of container to which the application for approval relates.

 

3)The application shall also be accompanied by an assurance from the manufacturer that he will:
a)produce to the Administration such containers of the design type concerned as the Administration may wish to examine;
b)advise the Administration of any change in the design or specification and await its approval before affixing the Safety Approval Plate to the container;
c)affix the Safety Approval Plate to each container in the design type series and to no others;
d)keep a record of containers manufactured to the approved design type. This record shall at least contain the manufacturer's identification numbers, dates of delivery and names and addresses of customers to whom the containers are delivered.

 

4)Approval may be granted by the Administration to containers manufactured as modifications of an approved design type if the Administration is satisfied that the modifications do not affect the validity of tests conducted in the course of design type approval.

 

5)The Administration shall not confer on a manufacturer authority to affix Safety Approval Plates on the basis of design type approval unless satisfied that the manufacturer has instituted internal production-control features to ensure that the containers produced will conform to the approved prototype.

 

6.Examination during production

 

In order to ensure that containers of the same design type series are manufactured to the approved design, the Administration shall examine or test as many units as it considers necessary, at any stage during production of the design type series concerned.

 

7.Notification of Administration

 

The manufacturer shall notify the Administration prior to commencement of production of each new series of containers to be manufactured in accordance with an approved design type.

 

 

Chapter III

Regulations for Approval of New Containers by Individual Approval

 

8.Approval of individual containers

 

Approval of individual containers may be granted where the Administration, after examination and witnessing of tests, is satisfied that the container meets the requirements of the present Convention; the Administration, when so satisfied, shall notify the applicant in writing of approval and this notification shall entitle him to affix the Safety Approval Plate to such container.

 

 

Chapter IV

Regulations for Approval of Existing Containers and New Containers not Approved at Time of Manufacture

 

9.Approval of existing containers

 

1)If, within five years from the date of entry into force of the present Convention, the owner of an existing container presents the following information to an Administration:
a)date and place of manufacture;
b)manufacturer's identification number of the container, if available;
c)maximum operating gross weight capability;
d)
i)evidence that a container of this type has been safely operated in maritime and/or inland transport for a period of at least two years; or
ii)evidence to the satisfaction of the Administration that the container was manufactured to a design type which had been tested and found to comply with the technical conditions set out in Annex II, with the exception of those technical conditions relating to the end-wall and side-wall strength tests; or
iii)evidence that the container was constructed to standards which, in the opinion of the Administration, were equivalent to the technical conditions set out in Annex II, with the exception of those technical conditions relating to the end-wall and side-wall strength tests;
e)allowable stacking weight for 1,8 g (kg and lb); and
f)such other data as required for the Safety Approval Plate,

then the Administration, after investigation, shal1 notify the owner in writing whether approval is granted; and if so, this notification shall entitle the owner to affix the Safety Approval Plate after an examination of the container concerned has been carried out in accordance with Regulation 2. The examination of the container concerned and the affixing of the Safety Approval Plate shall be accomplished not later than 1 January 1985.

 

2)Existing containers which do not qualify for approval under paragraph 1 of this Regulation may be presented for approval under the provisions of Chapter II or Chapter III of this Annex. For such containers the requirements of Annex II relating to end-wall and/or side-wall strength tests shall not apply. The Administration may, if it is satisfied that the containers in question have been in service, waive such of the requirements in respect of presentation of drawings and testing, other than the lifting and floor-strength tests, as it may deem appropriate.

 

10.Approval of new containers not approved at time of manufacture

 

If, on or before 6 September 1982, the owner of a new container which was not approved at the time of manufacture presents the following information to an Administration:

a)date and place of manufacture;
b)manufacturer's identification number of the container, if available;
c)maximum operating gross weight capability;
d)evidence to the satisfaction of the Administration that the container was manufactured to a design type which has been tested and found to comply with the technical conditions set out in Annex II;
e)allowable stacking weight for 1,8 g (kg and lb ); and
f)such other data as required for the Safety Approval Plate,

the Administration, after investigation, may approve the container, notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter II. Where approval is granted, such approval shall be notified to the owner in writing, and this notification shall entitle the owner to affix the Safety Approval Plate after an examination of the container concerned has been carried out in accordance with Regulation 2. The examination of the container concerned and the affixing of the Safety Approval Plate shall be accomplished not later than 1 January 1985.

 

 

Chapter V

Regulations for Approval of Modified Containers

 

11.Approval of modified containers

 

The owner of an approved container that has been modified in a manner resulting in structural changes shall notify the Administration or an approved organization duly authorized by it of those changes. The Administration or authorized organisation may require retesting of the modified container as appropriate prior to recertification.

 

 

Appendix

 

The Safety Approval Plate, conforming to the model reproduced below, shall take the form of a permanent, non-corrosive, fireproof rectangular plate measuring not less than 200 mm x 100 mm. The words "CSC SAFETY APPROVAL", of a minimum letter height of 8 mm, and all other words and numbers of a minimum height of 5 mm shall be stamped into, embossed on or indicated on the surface of the plate in any other permanent and legible way.

 

 

CSC Safety Approval

 

 

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[GB-L/749/2/7/75]

 

DATE MANUFACTURED

 

IDENTIFICATION No

 

MAXIMUM GROSS

 

WEIGHT . ...... kg ....... lb

ALLOWABLE STACKING WEIGHT

 

FOR 1,8 g ..... kg ......... Ib

 

 

 

VALUE ....... kg …..... lb

 

 

 

 

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1)Country of approval and approval reference as given in the example on line 1. (The country of approval should be indicated by means of the distinguishing sign used to indicate country of registration of motor vehicles in international road traffic.)
2)Date (month and year) of manufacture.
3)Manufacturer's identification number of the container or, in the case of existing containers for which that number is unknown, the number allotted by the Administration.
4)Maximum operating gross weight (kg and lb).
5)Allowable stacking weight for 1,8 g (kg and lb).
6)Transverse racking test load value (kg and lb).
7)End-wall strength to be indicated on plate only if end-walls are designed to withstand a load of 1css or greater than 0,4 times the maximum permissible payload, i.e. 0,4 P.
8)Side-wall strength to be indicated on plate only if the side-walls are designed to withstand a load of Jess or greater than 0,6 times the maximum permissible payload, i.e. 0,6 P.
9)First maintenance examination date (month and year) for new containers and subsequent maintenance examination dates (month and year) if plate is used for this purpose.