Topic outline

  • Course Resources

    The following resources provide useful background reading, reference material and company documents.

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  • Unit 1: External Dimensions

    The development of the external dimensions of containers from their introduction in the 1950s to today is presented.  In considering the role of the ISO in standardising the length height and width of containers the wide range non-ISO dimensions that are in use today are also examined

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  • Unit 2: ISO & Containerisation

    The development of the ISO series 1 freight container is described and the current ISO standards relating to the container sector are examined.

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  • Unit 3: Size Type Codes

    This Unit examines the Size Type Code defined by the ISO to codify containers in terms of their external size and basic design type.  The code is an important means by which all parties in the transport of containers communicate container descriptions during a containerized shipment.  There are a number of different versions of the Size Type Code formats in use depending on when a container was manufactured.

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  • Unit 4: Container Numbers

    The structure and use of the container number which uniquely identifies each container in circulation is presented.

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  • Unit 5: Design & Loads

    The unit examines the construction and design of containers and the stresses and strains a container will be exposed to during stacking and transport and the level of protection their structure provides to the cargo they carry.  You will look at the relationship between load forces and stacking strength and the need to design containers to withstand the forces encountered during transportation.  Finally, you will learn about the different ISO design standards for container type.

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  • Unit 6: CSC & Stacking Height

     The first part introduces the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) and the basic information contained on the Safety Approval Plate.  The second part examines the allowable stacking height, as regulated by the CSC, and the maximum operational stacking height of containers.  The final section, Part C, details the more specialised information on the CSC plate and outlines the processes for container approval and both the PES and ACEP container examination schemes.

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