Technical supervision of containers

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The Register performs the technical supervision of general cargo containers, thermal containers, tank containers, platform containers, offshore containers, etc.

For and on behalf of the Government, the Register carries out, within its competence, technical supervision of compliance with the requirements of international conventions, agreements and treaties, to which the Russian Federation or any other state, whose government has issued to the Register an authorization for this kind of activity, is a party.

Technical supervision activities are carried out based on the Container Rules (Rules) published by the Register and designed to determine whether the containers subject to the Register technical supervision, as well as materials and products intended for their manufacture, meet the requirements of the Rules and additional requirements.

The RS Rules are based on the applicable requirements of the 1972 International Convention for Safe Containers, the Customs Convention on Containers 1972, the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, IACS Unified Requirements, relevant IMO Resolutions and UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, international and national standards.

Compliance with the requirements of the Rules and additional requirements is mandatory for design organizations, container manufacturers, container owners and firms that manufacture materials and products for containers, as well as firms that repair and service the containers, which are subject to technical supervision by the Register.

The Register provides technical supervision of containers, materials and products for them in the process of designing, manufacture and operation.

Documents issued by the Register allow using the containers in international circulation and transporting them by water, rail and road.

In addition, the Register is a national body for registration of container owner codes that represents the International Container Bureau (BIC) in Russia, the CIS countries and the Baltic States and provides services for the registration of container owners in the above countries.

Technical supervision of containers consists in verifying their compliance with the requirements of the Register Rules in the following cases:

  • review and approval of technical documentation for containers and materials and products for containers

  • survey of containers and materials and products for containers at the stages of manufacture, construction, operation including modernization and repair. 

List of services within the subsection: 

Review and approval of technical documentation for containers, materials and products for containers 

Containers, materials and products for containers are manufactured in accordance with the technical documentation approved by the Register.

Prior to starting the manufacture, the technical documentation shall be submitted to the Register for review within a scope that is specified in the relevant parts of the Rules for Manufacture of Containers.

The technical documentation shall be sent to the Register in electronic form in PDF format in any way as mutually agreed with the Customer. In this case, the documentation shall only be sent for review with a covering letter.

If, at the Customer’s request in addition to the electronic version of the documentation to be reviewed, a paper version of this documentation is submitted for transfer of approval stamps to it, then the responsibility for the authenticity of the electronic and paper version rests with the Customer, who submitted the documentation. In case of disagreement, the electronic version is the control copy.

A period of the initial review of the technical documentation for the container is no more than 45 working days. If there are comments, each subsequent review of the revised documentation is no more than 30 working days.

Documents issued according to the results of the review of technical documentation;

  • Conclusion Letter and, in case of positive results of the review, a set of approved technical documentation with the appropriate stamps of the Register. Stamping is done using software tools and certified by an electronic digital signature of the Register’s authorized specialist. 

Technical supervision during manufacture, modernization and repair of containers, materials and products for containers 

Technical supervision during manufacture, modernization and repair of containers, materials and products only applies to the properties, as well as the parameters and characteristics, which are regulated by the RS Rules and indicated in the approved technical documentation.

When performing the technical supervision, the Register does not determine the product grade and quality category, does not control the fulfillment of the requirements related to safety, hygiene standards and work management, as well as other to other production-related matters that are not within the competence of the Register.

When performing the technical supervision of the manufacture, modernization and repair of containers, materials and products specified in the Register Nomenclature of Technical Supervision of Containers, RS provides:

  • approval of welding processes

  • approval of welding consumables

  • certification of welders

  • approval of technical documentation for container repair

  • certification and recognition of testing laboratories;

  • certification and recognition of firms (manufacturers)

  • technical supervision of manufacture and testing of prototype container

  • technical supervision of manufacture of series-produced containers

  • technical supervision of repair of containers

  • technical supervision of modernization of containers

  • technical supervision of manufacture and testing of materials and products for containers 

Documents issued based on the survey results:

  • Certificate of Approval for Welding Consumables (СОСМ) and Welding Procedure Approval Test Certificate (СОТПС) - documents that confirm the compliance of welding materials and welding processes with the requirements of the RS Rules.

  • Welder Approval Test Certificate (СДС) – a document that certifies the competence of the welder and confirms that the welder is authorized for the structures subject to the survey by the Register under certain conditions (material, welding method, welding position, etc.)

  • Recognition Certificate of Testing Laboratory (СПЛ) - a document that certifies the competence of a laboratory to make certain types of tests of materials, products and containers

  • Recognition Certificate (СП) - a document that certifies the recognition of a company-service provider, which provides services (performs work) in accordance with RS requirements

  • Recognition Certificate for Manufacturer (СПИ) - a document that certifies the recognition by RS of a firm as a manufacturer of materials and products under RS technical supervision

  • Certificate of Firm Conformity (ССП) - a document that certifies the compliance of a company with the RS requirements

  • Certificate of Freight Container Safety Approval by Design Type which certifies the compliance of the freight container design type with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate of Thermal Container Safety Approval by Design Type which certifies the compliance of the thermal container design type with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate of Tank Container Safety Approval by Design Type which certifies the compliance of the tank container design type with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers and the Register rules;

  • Design type approval certificate of the portable tank (tank container) for transportation of dangerous goods which certifies the compliance of the type tank container with the requirements of International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and the Register rules;

  • Type Approval Certificate for Offshore Container which certifies the compliance of the offshore container design type with the requirements of the Register rules and other normative documents;

  • Certificate of Container Approval at a Stage Subsequent to Manufacture which certifies the compliance of the container design with the requirements of the Customs Convention on Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate of Container Approval by Design Type which certifies the compliance of the container design type with the requirements of the Customs Convention on Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate for Freight Container(s) which certifies the compliance of specific freight containers with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers, Customs Convention on Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate for Thermal Containers which certifies the compliance of specific thermal containers with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers, Customs Convention on Containers and the Register rules;

  • Certificate for Tank Container which certifies the compliance of the specific tank container with the requirements of the International Convention for Safe Containers, Customs Convention on Containers, other international normative documents and the Register rules;

  • Certificate for Offshore Container which certifies the compliance of offshore containers with the requirements of the Register rules and other normative documents;

  • Certificate for Offshore Tank Container which certifies the compliance of a specific offshore tank container with the requirements of the Register rules and other normative documents;

  • Certificate of Product Compliance (С, СЗ) which certifies the compliance of specific materials, products or groups of products with the requirements of the RS Rules and regulatory and technical documentation. 

The RS certificates are issued in electronic or paper format. The RS certificates with electronic digital signature are issued in electronic format only. According to the results of surveys, an email is sent to the customer that contains a direct link to the document.

To ensure the transparency, to simplify the search for documents and to protect against forgery, a unique QR code is applied to the RS Certificates. Freely distributable software (freeware) can be used to read it. 

Technical supervision of containers in service

Technical supervision of containers in service is carried out in the form of a periodical survey. Where necessary (in case of accidents), occasional surveys are conducted.

As a rule, RS proposes to the customer to harmonize the system of container surveys in compliance with the time limits established in the RS Rules.

Periodical surveys of containers are carried out based on the written application by the owner or leaser (the leaser shall have an appropriate contract with the owner, which defines the leaser’s responsibility).

While in service, the containers undergo the following surveys:

  • periodical

  • occasional 

A scope of surveys is determined in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Register Rules.

Documents issued based on the certification results:

  • Report on Survey of Container;

  • Report on Survey of Freight Containers

  • Report on Survey of Offshore Container

  • Report on Survey of Freight Containers

  • Report on Periodic Inspection of Tank Container

  • Report on Inspection of Tank Container Prior to Repair

  • Report on Visual Examination of Tank Container

  • Report on Survey of Thermal Containers 

Recognition Certificate for companies acting according to IMO Resolution MSC.380(94) for obtaining verified gross mass of containers.

Being an authorized organization, the Register carries out the recognition of organizations or companies in accordance with the requirements of IMO resolution MSC.380 (94) and the Register Rules.

The recognition of organizations or companies consists in confirming by the Register the competence of the organization or company to determine the verified gross weight of containers according to method 1 and/or method 2.

Documents issued based on the certification results:

  • Certificate of Recognition of organizations or companies that operate under IMO Resolution MSC.380 (94) to determine the verified gross weight of containers. 

List of certificates issued:

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Container Department

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Aleksander Fetisov
 
 
 
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