ABS has announced the establishment of the ABS Brazil Offshore Technology Center in partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
The focus of the center will be on research intended to support the development of new technologies for offshore facilities. Although the research efforts will place a particular emphasis on facilities intended for use in Brazilian waters, broader challenges associated
It is expected that the research and development facility will become an established fixture on the COPPE/UFRJ campus. "This is a long-term commitment to the University and to the Brazilian offshore community by ABS," said Robert D. Somerville, ABS Chairman and CEO at the reception in Rio de Janeiro to announce the new venture. "The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is the ideal partner for this new collaborative effort and we look forward to working with them on joint projects that will have immediate and direct benefit to the offshore industry here in Brazil."
Noting that "Brazil is home to some of the most innovative technical advances that have taken place in the offshore sector in recent
ABS Senior Vice President of Technology Peter Tang-Jensen said the first research project to be undertaken by the center will be a study on torpedo piles, an innovative mooring anchor system that has been developed by Petrobras. The study is expected to result in the development of a rational approach for the class review and approval of torpedo piles.
Other initial research topics being considered include: coupled motions, connections between risers and floating production, storage
Associated with establishing the center, ABS has also announced a commitment to further the education of Brazilian students in naval
"Working in concert with members of the industry, both locally and globally, as well as reaching out to our colleagues at CENPES and
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