International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC 1972) 2014 Edition (IC282E)

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International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC 1972) 2014 Edition (IC282E)

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The International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC 1972) has two goals: to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transport and handling of containers by providing acceptable test procedures and related strength requirements; and to provide uniform international safety regulations, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport, thereby avoiding the proliferation of divergent national regulations.

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The amendments to CSC 1972 adopted by resolution MSC.355(92) entered into force on 1 July 2014 and include: new definitions at the beginning of annexes I and II, along with consequential amendments to ensure uniform usage of terminology throughout CSC 1972; amendments to align all physical dimensions and units to the SI system; the introduction of a transitional period for marking containers with restricted stacking capacity, as required under the relevant standard; and the inclusion in annex III of the list of deficiencies which do not require an immediate out-of-service decision by the control officer but do require additional safety measures to enable safe ongoing transport.

International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972


Annex I Regulations for the testing, inspection, approval and maintenance of containers

Chapter I Regulations common to all systems of approval

Chapter II Regulations for approval of new containers by design type.

Chapter III Regulations for approval of new containers by individual approval.

Chapter IV Regulations for approval of existing containers and new containers not approved at time of manufacture

Chapter V Regulations for approval of modified containers



Annex II Structural safety requirements and tests


Annex III Control and verification





Revised recommendations on harmonized interpretation and implementation of the International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, as amended



Guidelines for development of an approved continuous examination programme (ACEP).

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC 1972) 2014 Edition (IC282E)
Edition: 2014
Number of Pages: 76
Product Code: MM1037K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115932, ISBN 10: 9280115936
Published Date: March 2014
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 147 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.37 kg

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