British Standard 7072

Inspection And Repair Of Offshore Containers

OGUK Guidance Explained


“Offshore Containers” should be taken to mean portable units specially designed for repeated use in the transport of goods or equipment to, from or between fixed and/or floating offshore installations and ships. Such units include containers and portable tanks for dangerous goods as defined in sections 12 and 13 of the General Introduction to the IMDG Code


  • BS7072 was released in 1989 as an Inspection and Repair Standard for Offshore Containers which are often referred to as Cargo Carrying Units or Cargo Transportation Units (all meaning the same thing)
  • No common build standard existed at this time
  • In 1989 the first build standard for Containers was released as DNV Certification Note 2.7-1
  • In 1998 the Maritime Safety Committee released MSC-Circ 860 which set out basic design and approval requirements for Offshore Containers
  • In 1999 BS EN 12079 was released which mirrored the DNV requirements
  • In 1999 BS7072 was withdrawn as a British Standard


Dangerous Goods Usage

In February 2005 the MCA released a guidance note (MGN 282) which stated that Containers constructed to meet BS 7072 requirements alone may not fully comply with the requirements of MSC-Circ 860 and as such could only be used to carry Dangerous Goods until January 1st 2015.

This rule is being complied with and is well understood across Industry, it is also further explained in the latest edition of “Best Practice for the Safe Packaging & Handling of Cargo to and from Offshore Locations” Issue 6 which is backed and partly financed by OGUK


  • Some Operators have already banned the use of BS7072 Containers regardless of the intended use
  • Some Operators have offered deadline dates as to when these will no longer be accepted
  • Some Operators have done nothing except comply with the Dangerous Goods requirement

At time of publication going to print, there is no commonality across industry as to the continued use of this standard for CCU’s transporting Non-Dangerous Goods.