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A brief outline of the 1972 Convention Of Safe Containers

In the 1960s, there was a rapid increase in the use of freight containers for the consignment of goods by sea and the development of specialised container ships. In 1967, IMO undertook to study the safety of containerisation in marine transport. The container itself emerged as the most important aspect to be considered. IMO, in co-operation with the Economic Commission for Europe, developed a draft convention and in 1972 the finalized Convention was adopted at a conference jointly convened by the United Nations and IMO.
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The 1972 Convention for Safe Containers has two goals. One is to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transport and handling of containers by providing generally acceptable test procedures and related strength requirements. The other is to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety regulations, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport. In this way, proliferation of divergent national safety regulations can be avoided. The requirements of the Convention apply to the great majority of freight containers used internationally, except those designed specially for carriage by air. As it was not intended that all containers or reusable packing boxes should be affected, the scope of the Convention is limited to containers of a prescribed minimum size having corner fittings - devices which permit handling, securing or stacking.
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Ace Marine Ltd - Naval architecture bureau service providing Stability books to SCV and Workboat Code of Practice standards, RCD stability calculations and other design workand analyses.

A Adamson & Co - Marine Surveyors, Consultants and Naval Architects, based in Scotland and undertaking work on all vessel types.

Alvin Cattalini - International expertise in aids to navigation, vessel traffic services, waterway management and related topics. Located in Petaluma, CA

Amsec Llc - Naval architecture and marine engineering, electronic systems engineering and naval ship systems assessments.

AR Brink & Associates - Marine consultants and surveyors based in Durban, South Africa.

Bancan Maritime Management, Inc. - St-Lawrence/East Coast Canada consultants providing operations expertise to Owners and Charterers, casualty investigations for protection and indemnity clubs; and expert opinions to law firms.

BowTech Maritime Consultancy - British Columbia based firm provides technical and project management services including inspections and superintendency work, ClassNK surveys, marine related training, and risk management studies.

Brandimarte Marine - Naval consulting, naval estimates and everything concerning international shipping.

British Maritime Technology - One of the world's leading maritime and engineering consultancies providing a wide range of advanced design, risk management, experimentation and software systems - primarily to environmental, marine, offshore, defence and civil engineering markets.

Burness Corlett - Three Quays - Technical services to maritime lawyers and the international shipping industry.

CWA Consultants - We are concerned primarily with maritime trade and commercial shipping, the main purpose of which is the safe and reliable carriage of cargo.

DC Maritime Technologies Inc. - Marine electrical engineering consultants.

Drewry Shipping Consultants - Independent maritime consultancy, data and publishing.

Eagle Maritime Consultants, Inc. - Marine Surveyors, Naval Architects, Engineers, Port Captains, Project Managers. Providing loss prevention and protecting customers' legal rights and remedies against third parties.

Elliott Bay Design Group - Providing Naval architecture, marine engineering and production support.

Haugen Consulting: Demurrage Solutions - As tanker demurrage and laytime consultants serve the oil and chemical industry by negotiating reduced demurrage liability and tracking key voyage performance factors.

International Marine Consultants - Provides consulting and technical services to oil companies, marketing and refining concerns, vessel charterers, and other marine related organizations.

International Maritime Associates, Inc. - Provides market analysis and strategic planning for clients in the marine, offshore and technology sectors.

ISM Consult A/S - Danish company providing a document control system for ISM (Safety) systems.

John A. Tylawsky - Marine, maritime and admiralty engineering investigations, surveys, forensic engineering, studies, reports, analyses, cost estimates and expert testimony.

LMC Marine Technical Services, Inc. - New York-based full-service technical maritime consultancy, including surveying, naval architecture, expert witnesses and more.

Marcon International, Inc. - A wide range of consulting and brokerage services to domestic and overseas clients in ocean and inland water-borne transportation, specializing in towing, marine construction, and the offshore petroleum industries.

Marine Enforcement Limited - British based enforcement specialists in policy, procedures, training, investigations and prosecutions of shipping regulations. Enforcement of marine pollution and Port Marine Safety Code.

Marine Marketing - A full service marketing, promotion and consulting firm based in Piraeus since 1986.

1 Marine Survey - Washington State based surveyors for most classifications of vessel.

Marine Technical Consulting - Common ship and boat design; stability, hydrodynamic, structures and equipment. Technical and commercial management; ISM, Vetting, planned maintenance programs, purchase and stores management.

Maritime Allied Projects Ltd - The multi-disciplined range of services offered, include the design of vessels and in-nation state turnkey/manufacturing programmes.

Maritime Consultant Transport GmbH - Serving shipping industry.

Maritime Management Consulting - Management consulting firm that provides practical business solutions for the maritime, travel and leisure, and manufacturing industries. (Formerly Steller Carson Associates).

Martin Ottaway van Hemmen & Dolan - US based consultants, engineers, surveyors, naval architects and appraisers, operating in more than 30 countries.

MSR Consult - Market research and forecasts of the maritime freight and newbuilding market for shipowners,charterers, shipyards, marine equipment suppliers, and government institutions. Specialist forecasts of freight rates, second-hand and newbuilding prices.

Nordic Ship Consultants Inc. - A management company with operations in the Caribbean, and Jones Act privileges for domestic cargo services.

Ocean Motions Company - Stability instruments, hull stress and loading computers, naval architecture, offshore and inland 24hr marine casualty response, and salvage engineering. Located at Rhode Island.

Plimsoll Marine - Offer accident, grounding, damaged cargo and cargo gear inspections for the maritime industry and leak detection utilizing airborne ultrasonic detection equipment . Mexico .

Register A Yacht.com - Gibraltar based yacht registration and off-shore company formation business.

Ship Motion Associates - Performance prediction and seakeeping analyses for high-speed and displacement boats.

Shipping Intelligence, Inc. - New York based maritime economic consultants. Databases of ship sale and chartering transactions. Statistical models of tanker and dry bulk markets. Vessel and investment valuations.

Synergistic Dynamics, Inc. - Provides an array of creative, value-added professional management, financial and technical services to companies and government agencies in the aerospace, defense, ship building, ship repair and marine transportation.

TideChaser - Maritime heritage, event and conservation consultants providing a service giving advice, planning, direction and practical help on maritime projects and events.

Weir-Jones Group - Has capabilities in the design, testing, and analysis of marine and ground transportation systems, complex structures, mining equipment, and offshore systems. The company also undertakes contract research and development work, forensic engineering, and project evaluation assignments.

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