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Container inspection and certification services.

In a market that is growing globally, your containers must meet all requirements for safety, stability and usability. We offer a full range of services to the container industry from new construction certification for all ISO and offshore container types to the approval of modifications and in-service inspection.

Lloyd's Register has been involved in making standards for container construction for more than 50 years. Today, millions of containers worldwide carry the Lloyd's Register Container Certification Scheme approval mark to show they meet the correct standards and regulations.

  • ISO container certification

    ISO containers, also known as intermodal or box containers, need to be inspected and certified according to international regulations.

    This common set of safety regulations as set out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) in 1972. The CSC states that an approved classification society can carry out the inspection and certification of these containers.

    The inspection and certification must be done before a new container is put into service. The next inspection comes no more than five years after the date of construction, as long as the container has been in use for at least two years. After that, the CSC states ISO containers should be inspected roughly every two years (no more than 30 months).

    Learn more about our ISO container certification services

  • Offshore container

    Offshore containers need to be inspected and certified by an approved body before they can be used. That's because they're built to withstand harsh conditions, and sometimes, dangerous cargo, used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

    The standards for offshore containers, which include offshore skids and waste skips, are more strict than intermodal/ISO containers.

    What’s the regulation?

    Manufacturers of offshore containers must design, build, and test their products according to guidelines set out by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

    The regulation governing offshore container design, construction, and testing is called the IMO MSC/Circ. 860, a supplement to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG). This is set as law in 162 countries around the world.

    To meet the regulation, manufacturers can use two different standards, including EN 12079, "Offshore containers and associated lifting sets." An ISO standard is also in development.

    As a recognised certification body by the IMO, we can provide full life-cycle certification services for offshore containers.

    Find out more about the Offshore container services we offer.

    Guide to understanding Offshore Container Certification

    Download our free guide to help manufacturers, sellers and owners figure out what they need to look for in an offshore container. 

  • Tank container certification

    Tank containers often carry dangerous gases and liquids, to ensure they are safe several codes and regulations apply to their design and use around the world.

    Some types of tank containers include road tanks, swap tanks, offshore tanks and modified and refurbished tank containers.

    They come under different regulations around the world, including:

    • ADR – for transportation by road
    • RID – for transportation by rail
    • IMDG – for transportation by sea
    • EN283/4 – for swap tank container framework
    • USDoT (49 CFR) – for transport by road and rail in the US
    • CSS and ISO 1496 – for tank container framework
    • Pressure vessel design codes (EU Pressure Equipment Directive, ASME)
    • TC Impact Approved – testing for use on Canadian railroads
    • UIC – registration for use on European railways


    For a full range of our Tank container certification services click here.

  • Supply chain container inspection programme

    Organisations who are sourcing containers from overseas want to make sure their containers will arrive exactly how they're ordered. Through a supply chain container inspection programme, you can make sure that your containers meet your specifications in areas such as:

    • Construction materials
    • Paintwork and markings
    • Dimensions (random checks)
    • General finish, welding, paintwork (including random thickness checks), floors decals, identification plates

    Even if you're not using LR for your certification, we can help you design a programme to meet your company's needs and arrange for the inspection wherever the containers are being manufactured.

    All our supply chain container inspection programmes come with inspection reports issued for all units, giving detailed results against the inspection criteria.




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