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FSRUS – CLASS AND REGULATIONS

Following on from last week’s blog, the differing regulations on design requirements between jetty, FSRU and LNG carrier provide more food for thought. Marine Classification Societies focus on the FSRU cheap cialis online and treat an FSRU project as a shipbuilding activity, providing design review and approval, oversight during construction and undertake hull and machinery surveys to assure compliance, providing vessels are fit for purpose as ships.

However, although these organisations have specific requirements from a material and design standpoint for the mooring system hardware, Class doesn’t comment on fitness for purpose in terms of the vessels’ ultimate role in an FSRU project. Mainly, compliance is assessed from the standpoint of material selection, acceptable stress levels and a “fail safe” design philosophy.

On the other hand, regulations around the onshore, or jetty, side of the project are more operationally focused, with review from local or national authorities and organisations such as OCIMF and SIGTTO. However, these focus on guidelines for operational best practice and the recommendations they make for onshore considerations do not take into account the needs of the shipbuilder.

With these differing regulation requirements in mind, it’s clear a comprehensive approach to the design and functionality of the system, from the FEED stage, is required.

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