Design No: 2896
Cavity: 6.058m x 2.438m x 2.591m (external)

Contents: Solids, LLW
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Package Type

The 2896 SAFTAINER is designed as an Industrial Package in accordance with the IAEA Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material. The SAFTAINER is specifically designed as a transport container, but may also be used as a disposable (at LLWR) container.


The 2896 SAFTAINER is designed and tested to ISO standards and CSC approved and is certified as an Industrial Package Type 2 (IP-2) Transport Package.


The 2896 SAFTAINER is a large volume reusable container for the transport of bulk quantities, or large items, of radioactive material.

The 2896 SAFTAINER is constructed from mild steel and has a large single door at one end. The door is closed by a hydraulic closure system, and secured with a mechanical locking mechanism.  The closure system can be manual (hand-operated pump) or powered with an air-driven pump. The container is finished inside and out with a durable paint finish for corrosion protection.

The 2896 SAFTAINER floor incorporates anchorage points to suit a range of standard handling/tie-down equipment to suit customer needs.

Where the standard drum pallet system is used, a pair of I-beams is fitted longitudinally to the floor of the container to effect tie-down of the pallets.

Trailer (optional)

The trailer used in the 2896 SAFTAINER transport system, is a standard skeletal-type trailer (fitted with twistlocks), used for the transport of 20′ ISO freight containers. A moveable platform is added to the rear of the standard trailer. This platform has to be lowered to allow the SAFTAINER door to be opened and closed. The platform also facilitates loading pallets using the JOLODA roller conveyor system.  The platform is raised and lowered using the air suspension system fitted to the trailer.


The pallet system is designed to carry 6 drums in one layer (‘6 pack’) or 12 drums in 2 layers (‘12 pack’). The pallet system consists of a base unit, a top unit and, for 12 pack operation, a middle unit, which locates on top of the lower 6 drums.

The pallet system is tied together by tensioning straps from the top unit to the base unit.

The pallet system is tied down to the SAFTAINER by a pin locking system fitted beneath the pallet which engages heavy duty pins (fitted to the pallet) into the two I-beams fitted to the floor of the SAFTAINER.

Roller Conveyor System

The 2896 SAFTAINER is fitted with a JOLODA roller conveyor system, which uses rails loosely pegged to the SAFTAINER floor, and two portable skates. The JOLODA roller conveyor system operates by jacking the pallet off the floor using the hydraulic system fitted to each skate, allowing a loaded pallet to be pushed manually into the SAFTAINER.


The 2896 SAFTAINER is a resealable containment vessel, leak tested on manufacture. The door is fitted with a double seal (incorporating an interspace) and a seal test point. The door seal can be leak tested in approximately 15 minutes. The body is leak testable at periodic maintenance verification, as well as at manufacture.

The containment system provides absolute containment to particulate contents as demonstrated by the leak-free body, leak-free door seals, and High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter fitted to the door.

The HEPA filter prevents pressure difference developing across the containment boundary and thereby prevents pressure drive, thus ensuring there can be no particulate leakage from the container.

Approved Contents

Non-fissile solid radioactive materials that qualify as either Low Specific Activity (LSA) or Surface Contaminated Objects (SCO), packaged in such a manner that ensures that the external radiation levels of the package, during routine and normal conditions of transport, are within regulatory limits.

Modes of Transport

By road or rail. Alternative transport modes possible subject to assessment by the Approval Authority.

Illustration of Package Design No 2896

Illustration of Package Design No 2896

Illustration of Package Design No 2896 (2)

Physical Data

All dimensions and weights are nominal values

2896 Outer Container

External Height (m) 2.591 (8’6”)
External Length (m) 6.058 (20’)
External Width (m) 2.438 (8’)
Internal Length (m) 5.848 (19’2”)
Internal Door Height (m) 2.260 (7’5”)
Internal Door Width (m) 2.080 (6’9”)
Weight (tonne) 5
External Volume (m3) 38 (1360ft3)
Maximum Weight of Contents (tonne) 20.6
Maximum Weight including Contents (tonne) 25


Trailer for 2896

Bed Height (m) 1.14 (3’9”)
Bed Length (m) 7.92 (26’)
Bed Width (m) 2.44 (8’)
Tie-down System Twistlocks
Tare Weight (tonne) 5 (approx)



Standard Pallets for 6 or 12 Drums
Length (m) 1.351 (4’5 ¼”)
Width (m) 1.893 (6’2 ½”)
Height with 1 layer of 200 litre drums (m) 1.300 (4’3”)
Height with 2 layers of 200 litre drums (m) 2.214 (7’3”)
Number of Standard Pallets 3
Non-standard Pallets Non-standard pallets can be provided if required
Non-palletised Items Large heavy items can be carried without pallets. The container has provisions for tie-down of large heavy items