A study on behalf of the UK Health and Safety Executive, Offshore Safety Division, has been undertaken to address the subject of side shell collision resistance of FPSO units (floating, production, storage and off-loading units) and other ship-shaped vessels. Alternative offshore installation concepts are playing an increasingly important role in UK continental shelf deep waters. Ship shape structures, including FPSOs are being developed to exploit North Sea resources. In light of the popularity of FPSO type units, the need to demonstrate their structural integrity and safety requires that they be subject to an assessment for collision resistance.
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