CSC Convention: Is the International Convention for Safe Containers, published in 1972 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and accepted worldwide.
The CSC Convention has two main objectives:
– To maintain a high level of safety in the transport and handling of containers, by certifying that the container has passed the established structural strength tests
– To facilitate the international carriage of containers by providing uniform international safety rules, applicable to all modes of surface transport.
The requirements of the Convention apply to most containers used internationally, except for those specially designed for transport by air. Containers must have a certain minimum size and corner pieces to allow handling, securing, and stacking.
This accreditation is integrated into the container, by means of a stamped plate, where the following data are shown:
– Container number.
– Date of manufacture.
– Maximum authorised load.
– Maximum authorised stacking load on the container.
– Transverse stiffness test.
– Date of the next CSC renewal.
The first renewal of the CSC plate is 5 years from the date of manufacture.
Subsequent renewals are carried out every 30 months and can be done by two procedures:
-Inspection and issuance of the certificate by an accredited inspection body such as Bureau Veritas, Lloyd’s, Rina…
-ACEP system approved by the competent authority.
It must be considered that this regulation is applicable to standard containers that have not undergone any type of modification. To certify a converted container with a CSC plate, it is necessary to obtain a new certification with specific parameters for each case.
The difference between a container and a HC container, large capacity container or High Cube container is their height.
The height of a 10′, 20′ or 40′ container is 2.59 metres, while that of a 10′, 20′ or 40′ HC container is 2.89 metres. This extra height of 30 centimetres provides 13% more cubic capacity.
The HC container is identified by yellow and black stickers indicating the increased height.
This type of container is often used in the conversion of workspaces where extra height is required for the installation of equipment on the ceiling, and other applications that require more volume for insulation.