Effective FPSO hull design uses combined approach

Hull design for floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessels can be challenging, as the maritime and offshore industries may have conflicting approaches.The maritime industry generally follows the "empirical rule" approach, while the offshore industry prefers "first-principle" methods. FPSO structure design incorporates elements of both, so designers in each industry need to be aware of the basis and limitations of the respective approaches. Det Norske Veritas (DNV) recently introduced offshore standards for ship-shaped vessels that enable both industries to create and analyze effective FPSO hull structure design. This article provides designers and operators with backgrou...

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