Title: Floating protection system for FPSO

Authors: José A. Nolau Neto; Segen F. Estefen

Addresses: COPPE – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Ocean Engineering Department, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil. ' COPPE – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Ocean Engineering Department, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brazil

Abstract: Several Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels have been converted from large oil tanker ships with single skin side hulls. Safety measures have been evaluated to avoid excessive risks due to collision with supply vessels. Possible environment damage due to oil spill could be prevented by the installation of physical barriers close to the storage compartments in order to avoid accidental contact between FPSO and supply vessel. A floating protection system for the collision of supply vessel on FPSO hull during offshore operations is proposed in this paper. It comprises a cylindrical floating body attached through pinned braces to the transverse bulkheads of the FPSO. The concept is analysed in relation to the structural behaviour under impact load, using experimental and numerical models. In addition, the absorbed impact energy of the system is investigated through its motion into water.

Keywords: collision; FPSO vessels; supply vessels; floating protection systems; offshore operations; safety; structural behaviour; impact load; numerical modelling; accidents.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2012.046306

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2012 Vol.43 No.3, pp.199 - 206

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 31 Mar 2012 *

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