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First Zbox industrial series certified, ready to travel

It is with satisfaction that we can share today that we recently went through an important process before our Zboxes were ready for their first foray to the open sea.

All this year we have been working to ensure that our first industrial series of Zbox containers fulfill all the required security, stability and usability requirements. This post is the first of a series in which we will be sharing our achievements in terms of how our containers are performing on real routes.

Whether a container is used offshore or for international transport, there are regulations and certifications to ensure its suitability.

Why certifications?

Since the 1960s, maritime containers have played an integral role in the international supply chain and it must be taken into account that world trade is mainly articulated at the maritime scale. More than 80% of the world’s international trade in goods is moved by sea.


Therefore, the massive daily movement of containers has prompted international regulations to facilitate their journeys and to ensure the necessary time doesn’t run up against security, stability and usability issues.

Certificate for International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC)

In 1972, a convention for the safety and suitability for transport/handling of containers was adopted at a conference convened jointly by the United Nations and the International Maritime Organizations. This was the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC).

In August our first Zbox industrial series manufactured obtained this certification. It is identified on a safety approval plate fixed on the outside of the left door, which adopts a permanent, non-corrosive and fireproof rectangular shape measuring 200 mm x 100 mm or more.

The 1972 Container Safety Convention has two mainly objectives. 

  1. The first is to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transportation and handling containers by providing generally acceptable test procedures and related resistance requirements.
  2. The other is to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety standards, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport.  In this way, the proliferation of divergent national safety regulations can be avoided.

Benefits for our containers

  • The approval, evidenced by the security approval plate granted by one Contracting State, is recognized by other Contracting States. 
  • Our Zboxes can move in international transport with the minimum of security control formalities.

The CSC plate is usually included as part of a combined data plate. Therefore, the Zbox plate includes information concerning other certifications required for the containers to be used in international trade.

Subsequent maintenance of a safety approved container is the owners responsibility. Therefore, we at Navlandis will regularly inspect our Zboxes, especially after their first few trips.

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Camila Hurtado

Coordinadora de proyectos subvencionados y de marketing en Navlandis.

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