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INSPECTION PROCEDURE FOR


OFFSHORE CONTAINERS,
BASKETS AND CARGO
CARRYING UNITS

Prepared By: Reviewed By: Approved By:

Name: ELDRED OFUA KAYODE OSHIN FRANK NWANODI


Position: QAQC MANAGER TECHNICAL DIRECTOR MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sign:

APPROVAL

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0

PURPOSE
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2.0

SCOPE
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3.0

DEFINITIONS
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4.0

EQUIPMENT
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5.0 PROCEDURE
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5.1 BS 7072 INSPECTION
5.1.1PRIMARY LOAD BEARING STRUCTURE
5.1.2SECONDARY LOAD BEARING STRUCTURE

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5.1.3DOORS
5.1.4MARKINGS
5.1.5PAD EYES
5.1.6SLINGS/SHACKLES
5.1.7DATA PLATE
5.2 BS 7072 CERTIFICATION
5.3 BS 7072 NDT
5.4 BS 7072 TESTING
5.5 BS EN 12079 INSPECTION
5.5.1BS EN 12079 PRIMARY LOAD BEARING STRUCTURE
5.5.2BS EN 12079 SECONDARY STRUCTURE
5.5.3BS EN 12079 FORKLIFT POCKET
5.5.4BS EN 12079 DOORS
5.5.5BS EN 12079 MARKINGS
5.5.6BS EN 12079 PAD EYES
5.5.7BS EN 12079 SLING AND SHACKLES
5.5.8BS EN 12079 DATA PLATES
5.6 BS EN 12079 CERTIFICATION
5.7 BS EN 12079 TESTING
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SAFETY
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7.0 REPORT AND TEST
CERTIFICATE..22
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DOCUMENTATION
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9.0

QUALIFICATION
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REFERENCES
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1.0 PURPOSE
To define the procedural requirements for Examination of Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs)

2.0 SCOPE
This procedure shall apply to all Cargo Carrying Units (CCUs) Examination conducted by
TGRL personnel on behalf of the Client.
CCUs are mainly containers lifted by slings which are used for transporting goods, materials
or equipment which can be permanently installed in containers to, from and between
offshore locations.

3.0 DEFINITIONS

SHALL Signifies a mandatory requirement.

TGRL .Tracespec Global Resources Limited

CLIENT The Company engaging TGRL on a project

SWL Safe Working Load is the maximum load which any


item of lifting equipment may raised, lower or suspend
under particular service conditions.

EXAMINATION / Report issued by the company giving the results of the


INSPECTION REPORT examination / inspection. This will detail the defects
found or acceptance that the item is fit for intended use
at the time of examination / inspection or test.

CERTIFICATE OF Certificate issued by the company to the client giving


CONFORMITY OR details of the examination / inspection or test and
TEST / PROOF LOAD thorough examination conducted on lifting equipment or
part there of certifying its fitness for intended use at the
time of examination / inspection or test. The competent
person who conducted the examination shall sign this
certificate.

COMPANY Tracespec Global Resources Ltd.

THOROUGH Examination carried out by a competent person to


EXAMINATION detect damage or deterioration.

PROOF OR TEST LOAD Load applied by the competent person for the purpose
of the test.

COMPETENT PERSON Person who has the practical and theoretical knowledge
OR INSPECTOR and such experience of the crane and the equipment
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used in the lifting operation as is necessary to carry out


the function to which the term relates in each particular
context.

4.0 EQUIPMENT
All necessary inspection tools and equipment to be approved before use by the client

5.0 PROCEDURE

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5.1 BS 7072 Inspection


CCUs to be examined / inspected shall be free from oil,
grease, paint, loose rust, scale, etc. which may interfere
with satisfactory inspection. The Inspector shall notify
the client if he decides further cleaning is necessary.
The competent person shall carry out a thorough visual
inspection of the exterior, interior and the lifting
accessories of the CCU to ensure that it is fit for its
intended use.
The inspection should be carried out in adequate lighting
and include a suitable means of lifting and supporting
the CCU, to allow the competent person to inspect the
under-side.

5.1.1 Primary load bearing structure


The structure shall be visually inspected for corrosion, mechanical
damage and deformation.
Any repairs / alterations to the primary or secondary
structure should be carried out in accordance with accept-
able codes of practice and recorded by the owner of the
CCU.
5.1.2 Secondary structure
Floors, walls and roofs shall be visually inspected to check
they are predominantly flat with no signs of excessive
damage. Drainage holes in floors, where fitted, shall be
cleared of debris.
Internal cargo tie-down cleats or rings should be provided
and it is essential that they are securely anchored. Their
rating should be assessed in relation to the loads that may
be imposed on them.
5.1.3 Doors
Doors, frames, seals, hinges and locks shall be visually
inspected to ensure that they operate in a satisfactory
manner without the exertion of undue force.

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Doors and removable panels should be designed to assist


positive closing, have a minimum of one locking bar per
door and be protected to prevent dislodging by accidental
impact.
5.1.4 Markings
The tops of closed CCUs and the top rails of open CCUs
should be marked to clearly display their perimeter.
BS7072 also suggests the following markings:
A band of solid contrasting colour not less than 100 mm
wide round the roof perimeter of closed CCUs
Contrast hatching on the top rails of open and framed
CCUs
CCU roofs should be coated with a permanent non-slip
medium
The CCU identification number should be prominently
displayed on all sides in characters of a contrasting colour,
not less than 75 mm high
Note: For open sided CCUs, panels may be used to carry
the identification.
CCU identification number should be displayed on the roof,
in characters not less than 300 mm high.
The marking should be applied to avoid incorrect
interpretation.
On each CCU a matt black square not less than 400 mm x
400 mm should be provided for information markings such
as destination, cargo hazard etc
Marked below the matt black square, the tare weight, the
SWL / payload, and the maximum gross weight should be
displayed in characters not less than 50 mm high

5.1.5 Pad eyes


Pad eyes / lifting points shall be visually inspected for distortion,
mechanical damage, excessive wear and overload.

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Four lifting points are normally recommended with each lifting


point being designed to bear the maximum gross weight of the
CCU. However, for smaller CCUs, two or three lifting points may
be acceptable.
The lifting points may be of any design suitable for the purpose
but it is essential that they are fitted in a manner and aligned in
the direction of the line of lift. They should be accurately
positioned with a maximum deviation not exceeding 5 mm.
Bolted fittings should be self-locking or be provided with a
means to prevent loosening. Where eyebolts are fitted the
manufacturer should provide a certificate conforming to BS
4278, Eyebolts for Lifting Purposes.
Pad eyes / lifting points shall be capable of accepting a shackle
or connector without inhibiting the movement of the sling
termination.

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5.1.6 Slings / shackles


The inspection shall be carried out in a location providing
adequate lighting and facilities necessary to allow it to be
carried out safely and effectively.
Inspect each individual leg of the sling along its entire length
and check for:
Wear
Corrosion
Abrasion
Mechanical Damage
Broken Wires
Internal Deterioration
Internal deterioration should be checked for by using two
specially designed clamps to open up the rope to expose
the wire / fibre core.
The rope diameter should be measured for any reduction
from its original size that could indicate wear on the outer
wires, partial collapse of the core or stretch due to
overload
Inspect each ferrule for excessive damage and ensure the
correct size of ferrule has been fitted
Check that the end of the loop does not terminate inside
the ferrule (i.e. the rope end should be flush to slightly
protruding but no more than 1/3rd of the dia) unless the
ferrule is of the longer tapered design, which has an
internal step.
Inspect each thimble and check for correct fitting,
snagging damage and elongation. (Stretched thimbles /
eyes could indicate possible overload)
Inspect wire rope around thimbles as it is often abraded
due to the sling being dragged over rough surfaces.
If fitted, inspect master link / quad assembly and check for
wear, corrosion and cracking
Multi leg sling assemblies should be rated at 1.3 times the
specified MGW of the CCU to which it is to be fitted (factor of
safety should be 6.5:1).

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Sling legs should be constructed from wire rope of at least 13


mm diameter.
Master links, if fitted, should have a minimum internal
dimension of 270 mm x 140 mm.

Shackle inspection:
Remove shackle pin and examine for wear, deformation
and cracking
Ensure it is the correct pin for the shackle. (i.e. NOT a
higher tensile pin in an alloy shackle).
Check pin threads for wear / deformation.
Examine shackle body and check for wear in the crown
and pin holes, deformation and cracking.
In the case of safety pin shackles, ensure split pins are
fitted
Multi-leg slings shall be attached to the CCU pad eyes
without twisting of the legs at the master link.
All slings and shackles should be certified in accordance
with relevant standards. The unique identification of the
sling, and of each shackle shall be noted on the certificate.
The owner shall maintain certificate records for each set of
slings and shackles in accordance with SI 1998 No 2307
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.
Each lifting set shall be marked on a prominent location
with the following information:
Unique identification (batch numbering shall not be used)
SWL and the maximum permitted included angle of lift
The date of the last test / inspection
Shackles shall be marked with a unique identification
(batch numbering should not be used)

5.1.7 Data plate


Data plates shall be made of a corrosion resistant material and
securely attached in a manner to avoid unauthorized or
accidental removal.
The plate should be fitted to the door, or on CCUs with no
doors, in a prominent position.
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Aluminium rivets should not be used.


The plate should be headed Data Plate with information
permanently and legibly marked on the plate this shall include:
Owners name
CCU identification
Tare weight (in tonnes)
SWL / payload (in tonnes)
Maximum gross weight (in tonnes)
Date of last test / examination shall be identified using the
following letters:
T for proof load test, non-destructive examination and
visual examination
VN for non-destructive examination and visual
examination
V for visual examination only
Etching, engraving or stamping shall be in characters of not
less than 4 mm in height.
The plate should not carry the date of the next test /
examination.
The plate size shall be sufficient to record a minimum of six
examinations.

5.2 BS 7072 Certification


A certificate of examination shall show the following minimum
information:
CCU identification;
Owners name
Date and number of last certificate of examination or test
and examination
The name of the company, which carried out the
examination / test and the name of the competent person
who issued it
Certificate number
Description of the CCU
Number and position of lifting points
Manufacturer (if known)
Date of manufacture (if known)
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Date first put into use (if known)


Tare weight in tonnes
Safe working load / payload in tonnes
Maximum gross weight in tonnes
Details of NDE carried out
Name of company carrying out the examination
Name of the competent person carrying out the
examination
A statement that the CCU described was thoroughly
inspected and that the particulars are correct
Signature of inspector and date of examination

A certificate of test and examination shall show the following


minimum information:
CCU identification
Owners name, or delegated nominee
Date and number of last certificate of examination or test
and examination and the name of person who issued it
and of his employer
Certificate number;
Description of the CCU including:
Number and position of lifting points;
Manufacturer (if known);
Date of manufacture (if known);
Date first put into use (if known);
Tare weight in tonnes
Safe working load / payload in tonnes
Maximum gross weight in tonnes.
Proof load applied in tonnes;
Details of NDT carried out;
Name of company carrying out the examination;
Name of the competent person carrying out the
examination;
A statement that the CCU described was thoroughly
inspected and that the particulars are correct,
Signature of inspector and date of examination
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5.3 BS 7072 NDT


NDT must be carried out on the lifting point welds before and
after the application of the proof load test. This is to ensure the
welding is suitable for testing and after to ensure testing has
not exposed any defects.
If the competent person decides that an alternative method of
non-destructive testing is more appropriate then ferromagnetic
materials should be inspected by magnetic particle inspection
(MPI) and non-ferromagnetic materials should be inspected by
dye penetrant inspection (DPI).

5.4 BS 7072 Testing


The CCU must be inspected before and after the application of
the proof load test. This is to ensure that it is suitable for
testing and the CCU is not damaged or deformed in any way
after the application of the proof load.
Testing involves a top lift by slings with an included angle of 90
degrees. If the CCU is normally fitted with a sling, this sling
should not be used to carry out the proof load test.
The proof load applied to the CCU shall be twice the maximum
gross weight.
G is the maximum gross weight (in tonnes)
L is the test load (in tonnes)
T is the tare weight (in tonnes)
To calculate the hook (H) and test load (L):
H (Hook) = Twice the maximum gross weight (G), this is the
figure recorded on the certificate
L (Test load) = Twice the maximum gross weight (G) minus the
tare weight (T).
The test load (L) shall be uniformly distributed over the floor
and shelf, if applicable.
Lift the CCU carefully by its lifting points in such a way that no
significant acceleration or deceleration forces are applied.
If the CCU cannot be directly loaded because of its construction,
the competent person should determine a suitable test, for
example suspending weights from the frame.
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The proof load shall be held for a minimum of 5 min.


Note: The tare weight includes any item permanently attached
to the CCU.
The load may be applied using calibrated weights then lifted by
a crane or by means of a suitable test rig, however any type of
test equipment, which can carry out the above procedure, may
be used.
All weights, gauges, load cells, which may affect the accurate
determination of the proof load shall be calibrated annually
and a record retained by the test company.
Test weights should be certified as accurate to better than 1%
of their nominal weight.
Mechanical test equipment should be verified and certified
using a tensile testing machine which meets the requirements
of BS 1610-1: 1992, Materials testing machines and force
verification equipment.

5.5 BS EN 12079 Inspection


The requirements of this standard mirrors that of the previous,
but to a greater degree, detailing that the competent person
shall carry out a thorough visual inspection of the exterior,
interior and the lifting accessories of the CCU to ensure that it is
fit for its intended use.
The inspection should be carried out in adequate lighting and
include a suitable means of lifting and supporting the CCU, to
allow the competent person to inspect the under-side.

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5.5.1 BS EN 12079 Primary load bearing structure


The primary structure can be described as the main structural
members, which transfers the cargo load to the crane hook, for
example forming the load path from the payload to the lifting
sling.
This shall include but not limited to:
Top and bottom side rails
Top and bottom end rails
Corner posts
Pad eyes
The design force on the primary structure shall be calculated as
2.5 x maximum gross weight.
This structure shall be visually inspected for corrosion,
mechanical damage and excessive deformation.
Primary structural members shall be welded with full
penetration welds and shall be visually inspected to ensure
freedom from visible defects.

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5.5.2 BS EN 12079 Secondary structure


The secondary structure can be described as parts, which are
not considered as load bearing.
This shall include but not limited to:
Doors, walls and roof panels
Panel stiffeners and corrugations
Structural components used for tank protection only
Internal securing points
This structure shall be visually inspected for corrosion,
mechanical damage or excessive deformation.
Intermittent fillet welding of the secondary structure is
acceptable, however care shall be taken to avoid corrosion.
The floor shall be visually inspected to check that it is not
excessively deformed and that it shows no signs of distress or
overload. Drainage facilities, where fitted, shall be inspected
and clear of debris.
CCUs for general cargo shall be fitted with internal securing
points. Each shall be designed to withstand a force of at least
10 kN, with a minimum of 12, hinged type, being recommended
/ preferred.
CCU roofs, including those constructed from chequer plate,
shall be coated with a permanent non-slip medium.
5.5.3 BS EN 12079 Forklift pockets
When fitted, forklift pockets shall be installed in the base
structure and shall have a closed top.
The minimum internal dimensions of the forklift pockets shall be
200 mm x 90 mm.
They shall be visually inspected for corrosion, mechanical
damage and excessive deformation.

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5.5.4 BS EN 12079 Doors


Doors, frames, seals, hinges and locks shall be visually
inspected and checked to ensure that they operate satisfactory
without undue force being required.
Locking devices shall secure against opening during
transportation and lifting, locking directly to the top and bottom
frame.
Locking arrangements and hinges shall be protected against
damage from impact.

5.5 .5 BS EN 12079 Markings


The tops of closed CCUs and the top rails of open and framed
CCUs shall be marked with a band of solid contrasting colour
not less than 100 mm wide round the roof perimeter. If the roof
of the CCU is recessed below the top perimeter rail, at least the
top surface of the top rail shall be marked.
When a CCU is fitted with forklift pockets, designed for handling
the CCU only when empty, then the words Empty lift only
shall be clearly displayed near each set of fork pockets in
characters not less than 50 mm high.
Each CCU shall have the fabricators serial number welded on in
characters at least 50mm high. In addition, each CCU shall be
marked with a unique CCU number, issued by the owner.
The CCU number shall be prominently and indelibly displayed
on all sides of the CCU in characters of a contrasting colour, not
less than 75 mm high.
Note: For open sided CCUs, panels may be used to carry the
identification
If a CCU has a roof, the CCU number shall be displayed on the
roof, in characters no less than 300 mm high.
Note: Where character size is restricted by the available space
they should be as large as practicable. The marking shall be
carried out in such a way as to avoid incorrect interpretation.
Each CCU shall be clearly marked with:
Relevant electrical hazard classification and zone marking
Relevant dangerous goods indicator
Maximum gross weight (in kg)
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Tare weight (in kg)


Payload (in kg)
Note: Gross, tare and payload shall be displayed in characters
of a contrasting colour not less than 50mm high.
A matt black panel of appropriate size may be provided, on a
door, for the application of temporary information.
If the CCU is fitted with an intermediate deck its payload shall
be displayed on the inside of the CCU in a position where it is
clearly visible at all times, in characters of a contrasting colour
not less than 50 mm high.
5.5.6 BS EN 12079 Pad eyes
All pad eyes and lashing points shall be visually inspected for
distortion, mechanical damage, excessive wear or overload.
In order to prevent lateral bending moments on pad eyes, they
shall be aligned with the sling to the line of lift, with a maximum
manufacturing tolerance of 2.5 degrees.
Any difference in the diagonal measurements between lifting
point centres shall not exceed 0.2 % of the length of the
diagonal, or 5 mm, whichever is the greater.
Pad eyes shall be designed for a total vertical force of 3 x the
maximum gross weight.
The diameter of holes in pad eyes shall match the shackle used,
clearance between shackle pin and pad eye hole shall not
exceed 6 % of the nominal shackle pin diameter.
The tolerance between pad eye thickness and the inside width
of shackle shall not exceed 25 %.
Pad eyes shall be so designed as to permit free movement of
the shackle and sling termination without fouling the pad eye.
Pad eyes shall not protrude outside the boundaries of the CCU
other than vertically upward, and shall as far as possible be
designed to avoid damage from other CCUs and be positioned
on the CCU to eliminate the risk of slings fouling during normal
use.
It is recommended that pad eyes are slotted into the primary
structure and welded to the frame with full penetration welds.

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Note 1: Where ISO-corners are mounted in conjunction with


pad eyes, the corner fittings are not intended for lifting
with slings offshore.
Note 2: Lifting offshore with shackles fitted to the corner
fittings is not acceptable.

5.5.7 BS EN 12079 Slings and Shackles


Wire rope slings
The inspection of wire rope slings and shackles shall be carried
out as per the criteria stated in section 5.1.6.
Wire rope slings shall meet all requirements of EN 13414-1,
shall be 6-stranded and of one of the types listed, 6 x 19 or 6 x
36.
Wire rope grade 1770 or 1960 shall be used. The working load
limit shall be calculated on the basis of the actual rope grade
used.
The lifting set shall be of sufficient length to allow easy
handling by operators. The top link or master link shall be able
to reach down to a height of no more than 1.3m above the CCU
base when the sling hangs over the long side of the CCU.
Slings conforming to this Standard shall be supplied with a
certificate containing the following, as a minimum:
Manufacturers name, mark and contact location
Date of issue for the certificate (year, month and day)
Sling certificate number
Description of the sling, including unique identification
number or mark
Reference to each single components unique identification
mark (if new components are installed before re-
certification reference to previous certificate number and
the new components unique identification mark)
Nominal size and length of the sling
Working load limit (WLL) together with the appropriate
angle to the vertical for multi-leg slings and the method of
rating.
Date of sling manufacture or re-certification.
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A statement that the sling described has been designed,


manufactured and tested in accordance with this European
Standard
Manufacturers authorized signature.
For wire rope slings, the grade of terminal fittings and the
rope together with a statement that the sling conforms to
EN 13414-1
For chain slings, the grade mark 8 and a statement
confirming that the sling conforms to EN 818-4 and
providing cross reference to the results of any final testing
of mechanical properties after heat treatment
Slings shall be marked with an identification tag
permanently attached to the top assembly of the sling.
The tag shall be made of metal with markings
permanently embossed or stamped. The tag shall be 8-
sided for chain slings and round for wire rope slings.
The marking on tags for chain and wire rope slings shall
include:
Number of this standard.
Unique identification number of the sling
Number of legs.
Diameter of chain or wire rope used, including the top leg
where fitted
Working load limit (WLL) in tonnes
Maximum angle of the sling legs from the vertical
Weight of the lifting set in Kg
If satisfactory after inspection / test a report shall be issued to
the owner, containing the following information (as a
minimum):
Sling and shackle identification numbers
Owners name
Certificate number
A statement that the lifting equipment described was
thoroughly inspected or tested
Proof load applied if applicable
Is safe to operate and that the particulars are correct
Details of any NDT carried out
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Confirmation that the sling identification tag was marked;


Date of inspection
Name of organization
Name and signature of the person who carried out the
inspection or test
Note: The CCU certificate may also contain the inspection
report for the lifting set.
On satisfactory completion of the inspection / test the sling
identification tag shall be permanently marked with:
Date (year, month and day) of the inspection / test
Unique identification mark and when applicable
T: indicating load test; non-destructive examination, and
visual inspection
V: indicating visual inspection only
VN: indicating NDT and visual inspection
Slings shall be rated for their intended angle of use. The
sling shall not be rated for an angle of the sling leg to the
vertical in excess of 45
If the lifting set is damaged it shall not be used until it is
repaired or replaced, and inspected. Repairs shall be carried out
in accordance with the requirements of EN 12079-2.
The owner shall retain the current certification for each lifting
set and maintain adequate records to ensure traceability.
It is recommended that the master link to be attached to the
crane hook shall have these minimum dimensions 270 mm x
140 mm, internally.

Chain slings:
Sight the original test certificate and obtain the date the
sling went into service, chain diameter and length from
bearing to bearing (measure chain length to check for
stretch)
Lay out chain sling on floor or suspend, remove all twists
from legs
Match up legs to check for signs of stretch / deformation in
individual legs

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Visually examine the chain sling along its entire length and
check for:
Distortion in chain links (nicks, bends, twists, elongated
links)
Wear between chain links
Wear between chain links and componants
Heat damage
Chemical damage
Wear, stretch, twisting on end terminations
Correct identification number and SWL
Chain slings shall be tested with a load equal to 2.5 x WLL of a
single leg rated in accordance with EN 818-4:1996 +/- 2 %,
applied to each leg without shock. The load shall be applied for
a minimum of 5 minutes before measurements are taken.
Hinge type coupling components i.e. connectors shall NOT be
used.
Shackles
Shackles shall be of a bolt type pin fitted with a split /
cotter pin.
Shackles fitted to a sling, without being assembly
(mechanically) secured, i.e. captive, shall be marked with
a unique identification. This marking should be applied
using low stress stamps, the height of which should be a
minimum of 5 mm, and positioned away from areas of
highest tensile stress i.e. applied to the straight section of
the body.

5.5.8 BS EN 12079 Data plate


Data plates shall be made of a corrosion resistant material and
securely attached in a manner to avoid unauthorized or
accidental removal.
The plate should be fitted to the door, or on CCUs with no
doors, in a prominent position.
Aluminium rivets should not be used.

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Information shall be permanently and legibly marked on the


plates in characters of not less than 4 mm high.
The plate shall be headed OFFSHORE CONTAINER INSPECTION
PLATE - EN 12079-3: 2006.
The data / inspection plate shall contain the following
information:
Owners CCU number
Owners name
Fabricators serial number
Month and year of manufacture
Maximum gross weight in kilograms excluding lifting set
Tare weight in kilograms
Payload in kilograms and intermediate deck payload (if
applicable)
Certificate of conformity number
Design temperature
Identification of body issuing the certificate of conformity
Date (year, month and day) of the last inspection and test
Unique identification mark of the competent person
T indicating proof load test, non-destructive examination,
and visual inspection: or
VN indicating non-destructive examination and visual
inspection; or
V indicating visual inspection only
Note: The data plate may be combined with the inspection
plate.

5.6 BS EN 12079 Certification


A certificate of examination / inspection / test shall show the
following minimum information:
- CCU identification (including owners CCU number)
- Name of owner
- Report number
- Statement that the CCU is suitable for service
- Total gross weight in kg
- Payload weight in kg
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- Tare weight in kg
- Details of tests carried out
- Details of NDT carried out
- Statement that the CCU described was inspected and that
the particulars are correct
- Reference, where appropriate, to any report issued to the
owner arising from the process
- Confirmation that the inspection plate was marked
- Name of company and name of the person carrying out
the inspection
- Signature of the person who carried out the inspection
- Comments on any limits to the scope of inspection.
- Details of the examination of the lifting set may also be
given on the inspection report for the CCU.

5.7 BS EN 12079 Testing


Test 1
The CCU shall be loaded to a total weight of 2.5 x the maximum
gross weight and lifted using all the pad eyes.
This total weight can be achieved by putting in a test weight
equal to 2.5 x the maximum gross weight minus the tare
weight.
If it is not possible to evenly distribute the test weight inside
the CCU, a quantity of the test load may be placed outside or
under the CCU, provided that this duplicates loading on the
structure similar to the distribution during normal operating
conditions.
If the CCU has an additional cargo deck, the test load shall be
evenly divided between the floor and the additional deck.
The CCU shall be lifted by a lifting set with an angle to the
vertical equal to the design angle and shall be held, clear of the
ground, for 5 minutes before measurements are taken.
No deflections during testing shall be greater than 1/300 of the
span of the member.
The CCU shall show no permanent deformation or other
damage after testing.

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If the lifting set, normally fitted to the CCU, is be used for the
lifting test, care should be taken to ensure that no overloading,
deformation or distortion is induced and shall be visually
inspected after the load test by a competent person.
Test 2
CCUs fitted with four pad eyes shall also be lifted from two pad
eyes, situated diagonally opposite to each other, with a total
weight of 1.5 x the maximum gross weight.
The CCU shall show no permanent deformation or other
damage after testing.
Test 3
The CCU, with its test weight corresponding to the SWL /
payload, shall be either dropped or lowered on to a workshop
floor of concrete or other rigid structure.
The test load MUST be safely secured to ensure the load
remains within the CCU during the drop test.
The floor may be covered with a sheathing of wooden planks
with a thickness not exceeding 50 mm.
The CCU shall be inclined that each of the bottom side and end
rails connected to the lowest corner forms an angle of not less
than 5 degrees with the floor. However, the greatest height
difference between the highest and lowest point of the
underside of the CCU corners need not be more than 400 mm.
The CCU shall be suspended from a quick release hook. When
released, the CCU shall drop freely for at least 50 mm to give it
a speed at initial impact of at least 1 m/s.
Alternatively
The CCU shall be lowered to the floor at a constant speed of not
less than 1.5 m/s.
If the CCU is lowered from a crane, the suspending wire and
hook may dampen the impact compared to a free-fall drop test.
Therefore the impact speed should be greater if a lowering test
is used.
The impacting corner shall be the one expected to have the
lowest rigidity. On closed dry cargo CCUs this will normally be
at the door end.
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No significant permanent damage shall occur.


Cracks in welds and minor deformations may be repaired.
Optional Test 4
Open top CCUs with an overall length of 6.5m or more, with
fork pockets designed for loaded lifting, shall be loaded to a
total uniformly distributed test load of 1.6 x the maximum gross
weight plus the weight of the sling, and lifted clear of the
ground using the fork pockets.
No deflections during this test shall be greater than 1/300 of
the span of the member.
The CCU shall show no permanent deformation or other
damage after testing.
On completion of these tests, a NDT inspection and visual
inspection of the pad-eyes and required structural areas shall
be carried out.
The test loads shall be verified using calibrated weights or a
calibrated load cell and handset.
If a load cell and handset is used it shall be calibrated annually,
in accordance with EN ISO 7500-1, to an accuracy of 2 %.
Where used, test weights shall be calibrated, as a minimum,
every two-years in accordance with acceptable international or
national standards. The measured weight, in kilograms, of each
test weight shall be legibly and durably marked on.

6.0 SAFETY
Competent person shall ensure environmental conditions are
suitable for the use of the inspection, measuring and test
equipment. Actions shall be taken to safeguard the
inspection testing equipment against, damage or
accidental adjustments that would invalidate calibration or
prevent operating systems from functioning correctly.
Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the task being
carried out shall be worn. Consideration shall be given to the
working environment for example
- Construction site activities,
- Fabrication shop activities,
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7.0 REPORT AND TEST CERTIFICATE


Certificates and reports when issued are to be signed by the
competent person / inspector and carry a TGRL Logo.
Certificate shall be valid at the time specified on the certificate.
Forward original examination / inspection report of the specific
inspection to the client by transmittal and keep copy in project
file.
Forward original test / proof load to the client by transmittal and
keep copy in the project file.
A sequentially unique number shall be used to identify each
certificate and / or report.

8.0 DOCUMENTATION
Certificate of Test / Proof Load
Examination / Inspection Report

9.0 QUALIFICATION
Only inspector / competent person approved by the client shall
implement this procedure. Inspector / competent person
approval must be given in writing to the company from the
client prior to commencement of work.

10.0 REFERENCES

BS EN 12079-3:2006 Offshore Containers and Associated


Lifting Sets Periodic Inspection.
BS 7072:1989 Code of Practice for Inspection and Repair
of Offshore Containers.
Factories Acts 1990
Lifting Equipment Inspector / Module 6: Containers,
Baskets and CCUs / Procedures - 2004

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