International Conference Spotlights O&G UK's Safety Guidelines for FPSOs

Oil & Gas UK's recently published guidelines to promote safer mooring of Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs) were presented today to 150 delegates from all over the world at The FPSO Research Forum in Bilbao, Spain.

A joint industry project on mooring integrity, which reported at the end of 2005, highlighted incidents in the UK and overseas where mooring lines had been damaged or failed.

Paul Dymond, Oil & Gas UK's operations director, said, "Oil & Gas UK, in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), recognized that the safety of FPSOs could be enhanced by providing guidance to operators for the design of new moorings, and the maintenance of existing moorings. The new guidelines address the causes of the failures identified through the joint industry project and illustrate how existing practices in design, installation and monitoring can be made more robust."

Ian Williams, Marine Support for Wood Group, and chairman of the workgroup that developed the Mooring Integrity Guidance, commented, "The Research Forum offers a great opportunity to promote the principles of mooring integrity to a very wide, international industry audience. The delegates here are not only mooring experts but FPSO operators and key decision makers."