Standard for Certification - 2.7-1, April 2006Page 3
This Standard for Certification was first published in May,1989 as "DNV Certification note 2.7-1 Offshore Freight Con-tainers". It was prepared because other regulations at the time,whether international codes, national requirements or rules published by Det Norske Veritas, did not specifically cover offshore containers. A revised Certification Note was issued inMay 1995. The basic strength and design requirements fromthe original edition were retained.Many other standards, codes and regulations exist for contain-ers, container-like units and related types of equipment. Inter-national standards, codes and regulations considered relevanthave been taken into account when preparing this Standard for Certification. The most important of these are IMO's circular MSC/Circ.860 and EN 12079. In 1991 the European Commit-tee for Standardisation, CEN, started developing a EuropeanStandard (EN) on offshore containers. Technical committeeCEN TC 280 prepared EN 12079, which was issued in 1999,and a revised edition will be issued in 2006. The requirementsfor design, testing and production of offshore containers in EN12079 are directly based on DNV Standard for Certification2.7-1. The relationship between this Standard for Certificationand other standards, codes and regulations is outlined in sub-chapter 1.2.The Standard for Certification is concerned with certificationof all types of offshore containers as transport units. The threetypical phases of transport are: shoreside (e.g. by fork lifttruck), by supply vessel and lifting to and from offshore instal-lations. The Standard for Certification includes design require-ments related to all three phases.Under conditions in which offshore containers are often trans- ported and handled, the "normal" rate of wear and tear is high,and damage necessitating repair will occur. However, contain-ers designed and certified according to this Standard for Certi-fication should have sufficient strength to withstand thenormal forces encountered in offshore operations, and not suf-fer complete failure even if subject to more extreme loads.
Changes in the 2006 edition
The Standard for Certification has been extensively revised,with changes in all sections. However, the basic design andstrength requirements have not been changed, with the excep-tion of lifting sets. Detailed requirements, interpretations andguidances have been added throughout the standard and in thenew appendices. Some requirements have been changed toalign with the new EN 12079. New material requirementshave been introduced for offshore containers that will only becertified for use in temperate climates. Many editorial changeshave been made and the Appendices have been renumbered.The most important changes are: —Section 1 has been extended to include detailed referencesto other container standards and regulations. —The requirements for materials have been taken out of thedesign section and moved to a separate Section 3. —In the design section (now Section 4) there are severalchanges and additions, including protection on the top of open containers, allowable stresses in aluminium, clear-ances in padeye holes, requirements for fork pockets, test-ing of long containers with fork lift, and many additionalguidances and notes. —In Section 5 (Production) detailed requirements for NDEhave been added and the amount of production testing has been reduced. —Section 8 for lifting sets has been extensively revised. Ref-erence standards have been added, a new calculationmethod has been introduced, detailed requirements for sling and component certificates have been added and themarking tags on lifting slings have been revised. —In Section 9 the schedule for period examination and testshave been changed. —A new Appendix C has been added with guidelines andexamples on strength calculations. —A new appendix D has been added with guidance on de-sign and calculations of padeyes. —Appendix E on calculations of lifting sets has been greatlyextended. —IMO's circular on offshore containers, MSC/Circ. 860 has been added at Appendix I. —Existing Annexes 1 and 2 will now be included in the same booklet as the rest of the standard. —A new Annex 3 concerning containers for temperate cli-mates has been introduced. Containers certified toAnnex3 have higher design temperature than required bythe main requirements of this Standard for Certification, but are otherwise identical to standard offshore containers.
—Existing offshore containers that DNV have been certifiedaccording to previous versions of Standard for Certifica-tion 2.7-1 will also comply with the new standard. Re-certification is generally not deemed necessary. However,on some containers the new requirements for lifting sets inSection 8 may give higher requirements for slings and or shackles. —Containers certified to this Standard for Certification willcomply with the requirements of MSC/Circ.860. —Containers certified to this Standard for Certification willalso comply with the requirements in the new EN12079 parts 1 and 2, and certification to this standard can be in-cluded at no extra cost.