Structural longevity of FPSO Hulls

M Tammer, Mirek Kaminski

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The key challenge of managing Floating Production Storage and Offloading assets (FPSOs) for offshore hydrocarbon production lies in maximizing the economic value and productivity, while minimizing the Total Cost of Ownership and operational risk. This is a comprehensive task, considering the increasing demands of performance contracting, (down)time reduction, safety and
sustainability while coping with high levels of phenomenological complexity and relatively low product maturity due to the limited amount of units deployed in varying operating conditions.
Presently, design, construction and operational practices are largely influenced by high-cycle fatigue as a primary degradation parameter. Empirical (inspection) practices are deployed as the key instrument to identify and mitigate system anomalies and unanticipated defects, inherently a reactive measure. This paper describes a paradigm-shift from predominant singular methods into a more
holistic and pro-active system approach to safeguard structural longevity. This is done through a short review of several synergetic Joint Industry Projects (JIP’s) from different angles of incidence on enhanced design and operations through coherent a-priori fatigue prediction and posteriori anomaly detection and -monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMS '14
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Ageing of Materials & Structures 2014 Conference
EditorsK. van Breugel, E.A.B. Koenders
PublisherDCMat Ageing Centre
ISBN (Print)978-94-6186-314-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAMS'14, Delft, The Netherlands - Delft
Duration: 26 May 201428 May 2014


ConferenceAMS'14, Delft, The Netherlands


  • Floating Production Storage and Offloading assets (FPSOs)
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation/Testing (NDE/NDT)
  • Risk Based Inspection (RBI)
  • Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

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