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Standard Marine Containers versus Offshore Containers - BSL Containers
Standard BSL marine containers are very different than offshore containers that are used in the oil business. BSL Offshore containers require many more certifications than standard marine containers, such as the DNV 2.7-1 certificate. This allows for enhanced safety and makes the transport of oil a lot easier and reliable than containers that do not have to undergo such strict certification requirements.
Another aspect of marine containers that is much different is that there are what's called “pad eyes” at the top corner of the containers for the shackles that lift them. The pad eyes make the hold that is on the offshore container much more secure.
Once the shackles are attached to the pad eyes, the shackles are the bolt type and they are secured with a hexagon nut and a split pin. You will not see screw pin shackles used with offshore containers. But there are some existing containers that are out there that do not use the hexagon nut and split pin. That is when screw pin shackles will most likely be used with the pad eyes.
And when periodic examinations, tests, and repairs are performed on offshore containers, all pad eyes and lashing points are visually inspected. They are checked for any type of distortion, mechanical distress, or any other signs of overload or distress. This is in addition to offshore container inspections that include the checking of markings and plates, the welds, the overall structure, door closures, the floor, and the fork pockets.
If anything shows any sort of distress or wear and tear, it must be repaired. It is important to note that such areas as the pad eyes do undergo quite a bit of stress. For instance, free movement of the shackles when attached to the pad eyes should be permitted. Everything has to be in the right place to allow for horizontal lifting of the container. The process is so much more intense than your standard marine container, but offshore containers are able to support so much more, allowing for better productivity.
So when it comes to the difference between standard BSL marine containers and BSL offshore containers, there are quite a few. These are just some of the differences because the list can go on and on.
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