FACING UP TO THE CONVENTION

The title refers to the "Convention for Safe Containers" (CSC), which will come into force on 6 September 1982 when "all ISO freight containers will have to carry an approval plate". The author outlines the background to the ratification of the convention and tabulates the countries that have accepted its terms. He mentions the controversy surrounding the testing of containers, especially the frequency and accomplishment of such tests, and their effect on container owners with large fleets and testing houses with limited facilities. Some of the "latest refinements" in container inspection and testing methods are to be found in a recently formulated document (A436 XI) and the author mentions some of the steps involved in obtaining CSC approval and the likely costs. The stipulations set down by IMCO (Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation) regarding the permanence, dimensions, positioning and corrosion and fire resistance of the approval plate are described, and the comments of the company secretary of one United Kingdom manufacturer of such plates (Syncronol Industries) are quoted. Production and date-marking problems are discussed and the author hints at the consequences the CSC approval will have on "shippers, carriers or lessees of any size".

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    National Magazine Company Limited

    72 Broadwick Street
    London W1V 2BP,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Foxcroft, A
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

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  • Accession Number: 00319010
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM