Every container used for international transport needs a valid CSC plate to ensure a good condition for safety reasons. When Malcom McLean invented the standardized cargo container, there was nothing to regulate the safety of container logistics. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) undertook a study to find about more about the safety of containerization as the number of containers increased. The container itself emerged as the most important safety reason for humans working around it which led to the foundation of the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) by the United Nations and the IMO in 1972 with two main goals:
(1) Maintain the highest level of safety in transportation and logistics
(2) Facilitate international container transport by providing standards
Nowadays every container used for international cargo transport must have a valid CSC approval. Doesn’t matter if COC or SOC Container, it would not be able to move the equipment worldwide.
What information is on a CSC plate?
Every shipping container used for international maritime transport must have a valid CSC plate bolted to the outside of the left door. Fastened at the time of manufacture, each plate must contain a certain level of information, either in English or French. The words “CSC SAFETY APPROVAL” are prominently placed in the middle of every plate alongside the country of approval and reference number. Additional information includes: