Unified Container Inspection and Repair Criteria (UCIRC)

ICOSUNIFIED CONTAINER INSPECTION AND REPAIR CRITERIA (UCIRC)
FOR STEEL GENERAL PURPOSE CONTAINERS
(For use at all container interchanges)

Revision 3, 21. April 2004

  1. Introduction

 1.1. General

  • These criteria are designed for use at all container inspections
  • The criteria should not vary between an in-service and on / off hire survey inspection and should be accepted on a universal basis by shipping lines, container leasing companies and container operators supporting these criteria for all general worldwide container interchanges
  • Items not specifically detailed in the criteria are covered by this general introduction only if they require repair
  • Any user of these criteria requiring a standard above that detailed in the criteria
    should negotiate directly with the depot and/or owner/operator concerned
  • The tolerances/permitted damages listed are not the minimum necessary to meet basic safety requirements but are selected to ensure the container is servicable while minimising the need for repair and thereby preserving asset life
  • The repair method selected should be the most economical and suit the particular repair location

1.2. Acceptable damage

This is defined as damage that is not to be repaired and includes:

  • all flange damage except to weld connections;
  • deformation of structural members up to ISO +10 mm on the side face and ISO +5 mm on the end face; and
  • previous repairs should not be reworked unless the structural integrity of the container is compromised or it is unsuitable for cargo.

1.3. Non-Acceptable Damage

This is defined as damage that must be repaired because:

  • the International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972, as amended (CSC) is violated and container safety is affected;
  • the Customs Convention is violated;
  • there is a reduction in the internal height dimension by more than 70mm and/or the internal width / length dimension by more than 50mm;
  • the container is unsuitable for cargo;
  • cracks in welds are present unless otherwise stated; and
  • corrosion, not due to paint failure, which causes loss of structural integrity.

1.4. Wear & Tear

This is defined as unavoidable change or deterioration of the condition of the container brought about by routine operational use and includes:

  • general paint deterioration;
  • deterioration of door gaskets and fittings;
  • deterioration of door fixings arising from deterioration of doors; and
  • flooring de-laminations resulting from routine cargo loading and unloading cycles.

1.5.               Manufacturing Defects

  • Manufacturing defects or suspected manufacturing defects are to be reported to the
  1. Main Structural Components

TABLE 2.1
COMPONENT

RAILS, HEADERS & SILLS
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Top Side Rail

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked Deformation in excess of 30 mm

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Bottom Side Rail - Web

Flange

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked Deformation in excess of 50 mm

Cracks or tears which extend into web radius

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Weld or straighten and weld

Front & Rear Headers

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked Deformation in excess of 40 mm

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Front & Rear Sill

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked Deformation exceeding 50 mm

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

TABLE 2.2
COMPONENT

POSTS
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Corner posts

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Dents exceeding 20 mm

Straighten, or insert, or renew

Bend, bow or deformation, if exceeding outer faces of corner castings by +5 mm on end face or + 10 mm on side face.

Straighten, or insert, or renew

Corner Castings

Cracked, deformed, broken

Replace

Deformation preventing correct twist-lock operation

Replace

 

TABLE 2.3
COMPONENT

FLOOR UNDERSTRUCTURE
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Fork Lift Pocket & Gooseneck Tunnel Assembly

Top plate separation from floor in excess of 10 mm or floor screws ineffective

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Web holed, cut, torn, or cracked in excess of 500 mm or extending into a weld connection

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Lower flange connection to bottom side rail, holed, cut, torn, cracked

extending into web radius

Weld , or straighten and weld, or insert, or section, or renew

Web deformation below line of corner castings

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Top plate pushed up in excess of 50 mm, cut, torn or broken

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Strap broken, cracked, cut, torn, missing

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Cross Members

Web holed, torn, broken, cracked, cut or missing

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert, or renew

Web deformed in excess of 75mm

Straighten, or renew

Web upper flange separated from floor by more than 10mm

Straighten and refix or renew

Bowed up by more than 50 mm or below line of corner castings

Straighten or renew

TABLE 3.1
COMPONENT

FLOOR
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Floor Planks and Panels

Gouge greater than 15 mm deep irrespective of length

Section or Renew

Gouge more than 6mm deep and greater than 150mm wide irrespective of length

Section or Renew

Delamination or other damage (affecting floor strength)

Replace if structural

Difference in height between adjacent planks/panels greater than 10 mm

Refasten

Holes other than nail holes

Plug (maximum 25 mm diam.)

Floor fastenings

Protuding

Refasten

Three or more adjacent broken/loose, missing fasteners

Refasten or replace

TABLE 3.2
COMPONENT

DOORS
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Door

Holed, cut, torn, broken, cracked component and/or weld or deformation affecting security and operation of door

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or patch, or insert, or renew

Missing / broken or loose parts which affect door operation or water­tightness

Replace or Refix

J-Bars

If interfering with door operation

Weld or straighten, or straighten and weld, or insert

Data Plates

Loose or missing Plates

Refasten or Replace

 

TABLE 3.3
COMPONENT

PANELS
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Side / Front / Roof Panels including Header Plate

Dents into cube which reduce the internal width by more than 50mm from the inner corrugation including multiple dents, or 70mm from the floor to the roof inner corrugation

Straighten, or straighten and weld, patch, insert or renew

Holed, torn or cut

Weld, or straighten and weld, patch, or insert

Dents exceeding the outer face of corner castings +40 mm

Straighten, or straighten and weld, or patch, or insert

TABLE 4.1
COMPONENT

OTHER ITEMS
DAMAGE

RECOMMENDED
REPAIR METHOD

Lashing Rings

Broken, cracked or missing or non functional

Weld, or replace or straighten

Surfaces

Glue (Sticky)

Clean and/or paint

Odor, infestation, debris, contamination that can be transferred

Clean and/or remove

Vents blocked, loose, damaged and not wethertight, missing

Repair/replace

Graffiti/Foreign Markings - Offensive/possibly offensive

Repair/Remove

ISO Decals

Missing or illegible

Replace

Rain Gutters

Damage affecting door operation or exceeding outer face of corner casting +10 mm

Straighten or remove

Hazardous labels

Remaining on panels

Remove

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