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ABS has been chosen to provide classification and statutory certification services for the PETRONAS FLNG2 (PFLNG2) Engineering Procurement, Construction, Installation, Commissioning (EPCIC) project. The newbuild floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel, the second in a series, will be the first to be classed by ABS.

Malaysia’s state-owned PETRONAS announced the final investment decision for its second FLNG facility project in a press release issued in mid-February 2014. In the release, the company publicized that it had issued a letter of award for the EPCIC contract to a consortium comprising JGC Corp., Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), JGC (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Samsung Heavy Industries (M) Sdn Bhd. Read more

China Starts First Deepwater Production
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) and Husky Oil China Limited, a subsidiary of Canadian independent Husky Energy, have started gas production from the Liwan field, China’s largest offshore natural gas discovery and first deepwater development, in the South China Sea.

In July 2010, ABS and China Classification Society (CCS) were jointly contracted by CNOOC and Husky as third-party agencies to provide certification services for the Liwan 3-1 deepwater development project, with deepwater subsea completion facilities consisting of subsea trees, manifolds and pipelines and with shallow-water facilities consisting of the CEP platform and associated export pipeline to the shore gas receiving plant. Read more

HiLoad DP BR

AIP Granted for HiLoad DP BR Technology
ABS has granted approval in principle (AIP) for the Remora HiLoad DP BR, a second generation of the HiLoad dynamic positioning (DP) unit that attaches to and keeps conventional tankers in position when loading from offshore installations.

The HiLoad technology, which was developed over 14 years, is based on the HiLoad Attachment System, which enables offloading to any conventional oil or LNG carrier without requiring modifications. Read more

Bret Montaruli

ABS Evaluates FPI Life Extension
Many floating production installations (FPIs) are approaching the end of their designed service life. Meanwhile, new discoveries and recently proven technologies for oil recovery have been pushing operators to extend oil production in existing fields beyond the originally predicted life. As a result, the demand for extending their service life has continued to grow rapidly together with associated challenges.

To respond to the demand and address the challenges on extending service life of aging floating offshore assets, Bret Montaruli, ABS Vice President of Offshore Technology, and his team recently hosted a week-long workshop in Houston. Read more

OTC Presentation

Sharing Solutions to Offshore Challenges
Industry experts from around the world gathered in Houston 5 - 8 May 2014 for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Reliant Park, setting a record for the highest attendance in 46 years at 108,300.

ABS’ participation at OTC took a number of forms this year, one of which was technical presentations. On Monday, 5 May, Kevin McSweeney of the Safety and Human Factors Group, ABS Technology, chaired a panel session on “Human Factors in Engineering” in which two papers authored by ABS and ABS Group were presented. And on Thursday, Christina Wang delivered a paper titled, “Structural Integrity Assessment of FPSO Life Extension and Relocation,” authored jointly with Chevron. Read more

Ken Richardson

New Committee Addresses Equipment Safety
With the creation of the Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee, ABS once again has taken the lead in working with the offshore industry to advance operational safety.

According to Ken Richardson, ABS Executive Vice President, Energy Development, who has been tasked with creating this committee, the objective in forming this group is to cultivate industry expertise that will be applied to developing and modifying ABS Rules and Guides. Read more


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Offshore Rules and Guides
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Pre-Laid Position Mooring Systems Guide Released
ABS has released criteria to meet offshore industry demand for optional classification notations covering pre-laid position mooring systems and equipment for mobile offshore units. The ABS Guide for the Classification Symbols Pre-Laid Position Mooring Systems and Equipment for Mobile Offshore Units outlines the requirements for the classification of mooring system components carried on board an offshore unit. The P-PL and M-PL notations are available for offshore units that satisfy ABS’ mooring system requirements.

According to ABS Principal Engineer, Singapore Engineering, Mike Kei, the Guide recognizes that a significant portion of the mooring equipment of pre-laid systems – including anchors, piles, chain, cable and buoys – typically are installed and connected on the seabed prior to a mobile offshore unit’s arrival on location. The Guide addresses those items that the mobile offshore unit operator typically carries on board, such as winches/windlasses and top chain or wire rope. Read more

ABS Rules & Guides for Offshore

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ABS develops and verifies standards for design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore facilities. Currently, ABS has more than 30 Rules and Guides available relating to the offshore and energy industries.

Latest Offshore Rules and Guides updates include: 

Notices and Corrigenda

  • Guide for Building and Classing Floating Offshore Liquefied Gas Terminals (2010), 169
    Rule Change Notice 5, June 2014
    Corrigenda, June 2014

  • Guide for Portable Accommodation Modules (2013), 193
    Rule Change Notice 1, May 2014
    Corrigenda, May 2014

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