Aside from ensuring that the offshore containers that you purchase are manufactured to meet all DNV 2.7-1 standards, and are certified by Bureau Veritas and/or the UK’s Lloyd’s Register, there are design points you can add to that add to the basics and make your equipment easier to move, store, and use. There are three major elements that are standard, and should be taken into consideration when designing ideal cargo baskets for your offshore applications. Beyond length, width, and height, customization of containers to fit your unique needs should include looking at the three design elements of pad eyes, tie downs, and side doors.
The length, width, and height of the container will determine how many pad eyes are needed. This is especially important for cargo baskets that will need to be crane-lifted regularly. Pad eyes, in order to meet standards, must be distributed in such a way that when the container is lifted, it is lifted evenly and does not tip. The pad eyes must also be fitted to the cargo baskets so as not to interfere with any of the forklift pockets or affect stacking mechanisms in any way. Additionally, cargo baskets must have a minimum of four pad eyes.
Depending again on the size and shape of the cargo you wish to store and access, you will need to determine how many slots will be required for tie downs. This is not just for covering the cargo with a tarp, of course — this will be an important addition to ensure that the cargo is secure during transit. Additionally, you will want to determine how well the cargo travels over both long and short distances, and, judging by the length of the cargo baskets, how many tie downs it will take to ensure secure travel.
Determining whether or not to add side doors to your containers will depend entirely on unloading and loading needs for the type of cargo the containers will be holding. Cargo baskets holding smaller goods would likely not benefit from the addition of side doors, whereas compartmentalized cargo baskets (that hold the smaller commodities and keep them from falling out) or containers holding larger goods will benefit from the addition of side doors.
When requesting custom-built cargo baskets, the ideal to keep in mind is a blend of your needs, as well as the requirements necessary to meet the DNV 2.7-1 standards. For more information, and to begin designing cargo boxes that are right for your unique situation, visit our website at BSL Containers.