Offshore Containers

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The regulations and standards surrounding offshore containers are unique. Let Lloyd's Register guide you, whether you are manufacturing offshore containers or ordering them as an end user or owner.

The importance of offshore containers has steadily grown alongside the offshore oil and gas industry. Due to the harsh conditions they face, offshore containers must be designed to withstand forces other types of containers cannot. Third-party certification services play a key role in assuring the owners of offshore containers that their cargo will be safely ferried to a drilling rig or platform.

Manufacturers of offshore containers for use in the majority of countries around the world must adhere to the guidelines set by the International Maritime Organisation. Offshore container approval guidelines were set forth in the IMO MSC/Circ. 860, a supplement to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code. This is set as law in 162 countries around the world, and is meant to ensure the safe transport of cargo to offshore platforms and rigs.

Our Offshore Container Services

The Lloyd’s Register Group has been involved with setting standards for the container industry since 1966 when we first published "Recommendations for Container Construction and Certification." Since then, we have played a key role in the development of container design standards and legislation. Services are provided on a global basis by an experienced team of inspectors enabling a fast and flexible response to all client needs.

  • In-service certification
  • Design reviews
  • Inspections
  • Container type approval
  • Technical advice
  • Owner acceptance

One Scheme, Many Standards

Our Container Certification Scheme (LRCCS), ensures offshore containers meet the guidelines set forth in IMO MSC/Circ. 860, no matter how bespoke the container was made. LRCCS provides manufacturers with a cost-effective way to ensure compliance - one scheme takes care of many standards.

No matter where offshore containers are manufactured, we can help speed manufacturer's time to market. We have dedicated container inspection services in place worldwide, from Brazil to China.

To receive your copy of the LRCCS, click here.

In-service Inspection procedures

To address a standards gap in the industry, Lloyd's Register has developed a robust set of procedures around in-service offshore container inspections. For the benefit of manufacturers, owners and end-users, we are releasing the set of procedures publicly to help ensure the longevity and safety of offshore containers in service. 

For Container Owners

We also offer container owner acceptance service to ensure owners receive the product they specified. Our surveyors will independently assess the container according to your specifications, or they can work with you to design an inspection program.

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