Energy Industry Accepting API's Newest Offshore Cargo Container Standard

The offshore energy industry is continually evolving to meet the demand for increased efficiency in drilling and production capabilities globally. The publication of API’s Cargo Container Standard comes at an opportune time. API 2CCU is a comprehensive avenue for operators and service companies seeking continuity in offshore container standards, promoting integrity, assurance and safety.

For 5 years, members of the Energy Industry, including members of the American Energy Cargo Container Association (, diligently worked on an American-based cargo container standard with global reach. Employing a commonsense approach, API 2CCU is a consensus based standard that exceeds other standards that are non-consensus based and controlled by commercially driven entities. Having examined the demands of Industry, the API 2 CCU committee deeply focused on creating one document that satisfies the needs of the industry while realizing sound practices of existing standards. Prior to the publication of API 2 CCU other standards did not offer increased design criteria or clarity for all operating environments of the world, within one standard. Having to cite multiple documents for desired criteria can be cumbersome and unclear to the end-user often leading to misinterpretation. By employing product safety levels or PSL’s in API 2 CCU, discipline professionals and Industry experts are guided to a clearer path for a broader range of CCU designs. This allows the most efficient CCU for the job, ultimately reducing exposure and cost for the end users.  

Further improvements beyond design were noted when the committee highlighted the importance of the testing and inspection of every unit produced. Ensuring the integrity of each unit was very important to the committee. Current standards in use allow ‘batch’ testing of production units; this may lead to inconsistencies in equipment integrity. Thus API 2 CCU focuses on life cycle testing and inspection, post production. This is vital in operating CCU’s for repeated use offshore and is the last line of defense to protect personnel and assets, which mitigates the user’s overall exposure.

The API 2CCU committee understood the difference between Lifting Sets for CCU’s and Slings. Lifting Sets are part of the CCU package and coupled with documented thorough visual inspections performed by 3rd party inspectors there is a proven track record of zero incidents, by those who employ it. Exhaustive research has revealed no academic nor wide industry support for the pull testing of lifting sets once in service. API 2CCU nor other recognized CCU standards endorse annual wire rope “pull” testing to recertify lifting sets or slings in service where there is documented visual inspection history.

API 2CCU is a sister document to API 2C and API 2D, which have already been incorporated by reference by BSEE. The document was published in early August 2017 and will be recognized as the global model for the future design, fabrication, inspection, certification and maintenance standards of all CCU equipment. API 2 CCU is truly a comprehensive document for current global demands, detailing a clear path for improved cargo container design, construction and management.

The American Energy Cargo Container Association was established in 2009 as a non-profit for the purposes of promoting and disseminating information relating to the technical and other aspects of the offshore cargo container industry in the Gulf of Mexico and North America. The AECCA represents professional engineers, fabricators, rigging shops, testing, inspection and certification bodies in addition to the commercial providers of CCU’s.

API’s reputation around the world for technical excellence in setting petroleum equipment standards is a direct result of the knowledge, operational experience and dedicated service by industry members who actively participate in standards development.