SAFE-FLOW FPSO research project completedNews // June 25, 2004
In a close-out meeting in Singapore the results of the SAFE-FLOW project were presented to specialist representatives of oil companies, shipyards, engineering companies and classification societies.
The objective of the three-year Joint Industry Project (JIP) with 26 participating companies was to develop guidance, calculation methods and risk assessment procedures for green water and wave impact loading for FPSOs.
In the close-out meeting, the tools developed in the project were presented and the consequences of the JIP for FPSO design and classification were discussed.
"These results will certainly change future FPSO design and operation" said Joaquín López-Cortijo (IZAR FENE shipyards), chairman of the participant's steering committee. The JIP was managed by the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and wasperformed in co-operation with a number of other European specialists in this field.
In his opening statements, López-Cortijo reminded the participants to the situation prior to the start of the project, cited from a study by the HSE at that time: "Insufficient and inadequate guidance is available for design against green water and waveslam loading. More research and analysis are considered necessary".