Approved Continuous Examination Program
About the Global ACEP Database
The BIC operates the Global ACEP Database under the guidance of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which has encouraged all National Administrations to utilize the database for the publication of their ACEPs (see CSC.1/CIRC.143 and CSC.1/CIRC.138/REV.1).
An alternative to the Periodic Examination Scheme, ACEP (Approved Continuous Examination Program) allows a more flexible plan to operators who demonstrate that each container is inspected regularly as part of normal operations. ACEPs are issued by National Administrations (or their appointed representatives) to container owners and operators meeting certain requirements. The regulations covering ACEP are found in the International Convention for Safe Containers (1972) and its amendments and are addressed by the IMO Sub-Committee on the Carriage of Cargo and Container (CCC), under authority of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).