The pressure receptacles shall be thermally insulated. The thermal insulation shall be protected against
impact by means of a jacket. If the space between the pressure receptacle and the jacket is evacuated
of air (vacuum-insulation), the jacket shall be designed to withstand without permanent deformation
an external pressure of at least 100 kPa (1 bar) calculated in accordance with a recognised technical
code or a calculated critical collapsing pressure of not less than 200 kPa (2 bar) gauge pressure. If the
jacket is so closed as to be gas-tight (e.g. in the case of vacuum-insulation), a device shall be provided
to prevent any dangerous pressure from developing in the insulating layer in the event of inadequate
gas-tightness of the pressure receptacle or its fittings. The device shall prevent moisture from
penetrating into the insulation.

Closed cryogenic receptacles intended for the carriage of refrigerated liquefied gases having a boiling
point below –182 °C at atmospheric pressure shall not include materials which may react with oxygen
or oxygen enriched atmospheres in a dangerous manner, when located in parts of the thermal
insulation where there is a risk of contact with oxygen or with oxygen enriched liquid.

Closed cryogenic receptacles shall be designed and constructed with suitable lifting and securing

Additional requirements for the construction of pressure receptacles for acetylene

Pressure receptacles for UN 1001 acetylene, dissolved, and UN 3374 acetylene, solvent free, shall 
be filled with a porous material, uniformly distributed, of a type that conforms to the 
requirements and testing specified by a standard or technical code recognised by the competent 
authority and which:
(a) Is compatible with the pressure receptacle  and  does  not  form  harmful  or  dangerous  
compounds either with the acetylene or with the solvent in the case of UN 1001; and
(b)         Is capable of preventing the spread of decomposition of the acetylene in the porous 
In the case of UN 1001, the solvent shall be compatible with the pressure receptacle.


Construction materials of pressure receptacles and their closures which are in direct contact with
dangerous goods shall not be affected or weakened by the dangerous goods intended to be carried and
shall not cause a dangerous effect e.g. catalysing a reaction or reacting with the dangerous goods.

Pressure receptacles and their closures shall be made of the materials specified in the design and
construction technical standards and the applicable packing instruction for the substances intended for
carriage in the pressure receptacle. The materials shall be resistant to brittle fracture and to stress
corrosion cracking as indicated in the design and construction technical standards.

Service equipment

Valves, piping and other fittings subjected to pressure, excluding pressure relief devices, shall be
designed and constructed so that the burst pressure is at least 1.5 times the test pressure of the pressure

Service equipment shall be configured or designed to prevent damage that could result in the release
of the pressure receptacle contents during normal conditions of handling and carriage. Manifold
piping leading to shut-off valves shall be sufficiently flexible to protect the valves and the piping from
shearing or releasing the pressure receptacle contents. The filling and discharge valves and any
protective caps shall be capable of being secured against unintended opening. Valves shall be
protected as specified in

Pressure receptacles which are not capable of being handled manually or rolled, shall be fitted with
devices (skids, rings, straps) ensuring that they can be safely handled by mechanical means and so
arranged as not to impair the strength of, nor cause undue stresses in, the pressure receptacle.

Individual pressure receptacles shall be equipped with pressure relief devices as specified in packing
provision P200 (2) or P205 of or in and Pressure-relief devices shall be
designed to prevent the entry of foreign matter, the leakage of gas and the development of any
dangerous excess pressure. When fitted, pressure relief devices on manifolded horizontal pressure
receptacles filled with flammable gas shall be arranged to discharge freely to the open air in such a
manner as to prevent any impingement of escaping gas upon the pressure receptacle itself under
normal conditions of carriage.

Pressure receptacles whose filling is measured by volume shall be provided with a level indicator.

Additional requirements for closed cryogenic receptacles

Each filling and discharge opening in a closed cryogenic receptacle used for the carriage of flammable
refrigerated liquefied gases shall be fitted with at least two mutually independent shut-off devices in
series, the first being a stop-valve, the second being a cap or equivalent device.
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