Consultation—Draft Marine Order 44—(Safe containers) 2019

Consultation on Marine Order 44 closed on 1 March 2019.

Marine Order 44 (Safe containers) 2019 applies to and in relation to containers and offshore containers used in international, inter-State sea transport or intra-State sea transport, but does not apply to a container that remains for the entire voyage on road or rail vehicle.

Key changes

Marine Order 44 deals with structural safety, testing, approval, inspection, control and verification requirements for freight container used internationally and gives effect to the Container Convention. This Marine Order will also address AMSA’s policy on offshore containers and will give effect to the requirements of MSC/Circ.860 Guideline for the approval of offshore containers handled in open seas.

The key changes are:

  1. Amend the Marine Order to capture amendments to the Convention by resolution MSC.355 (92).
  2. Reissue the Marine Order under the Navigation Act of 2012 in the modern drafting style and replace schedule 24 of Marine Order 4 (Transitional Modifications) 2013.
  3. Amend the Marine Order to capture offshore containers.


It is intended that these amendments are made to the current Order with effect from 1 May 2019.

Consultation papers 

Last updated: 13 September 2023