MES Develops Next Generation Hull Platform

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By MarEx 2015-09-18 14:58:44

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.(“MES”) has been developing next generation Hull Platform for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading system (“FPSO”), in consideration for the potential market of offshore oil industry world.

Normally, an offshore oil field is different from other offshore oil fields in its environmental condition and oil property, which depend on its geographical locations. This fact naturally leads to troublesome situations where ship yards should change hull design and construction scheme every time in order to satisfy each requirement of each project. Although some concepts of standardized FPSO or simple Generic FPSO have been proposed so far as a solution for this issue, it seems essentially difficult to use a single and simple fixed design across various projects.

MES developed a next generation offshore platform for FPSO, “Mitsui noah-FPSO Hull” (noah : New Offshore Adapted Hull), which enables to flexibly design the FPSO hull depending on production facilities, instead of adjusting the production facilities to the Hull.
By considering bow & stern parts and parallel mid body of the hull separately, “noah-FPSO Hull” realizes significant flexibilities of design and construction of FPSO hull.
In particular, modular design method -“noah flex-modular design”-, which enables the hull to change its length of parallel mid body depending on each project , and “noah-flex modular construction”-, which significantly expand its flexibility of construction in horizontal specialization scheme, are applied to the “noah-FPSO Hull”.
These methods also make it possible to separately construct a self-propelled hull which consists of only bow & stern part, and a parallel mid body at different shipyards.

MES and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have launched a Joint Development Project (JDP) to develop the epoch-making design and construction method of noah-FPSO Hull, and MES has obtained Approval In Principle (AIP) for the noah-FPSO Hull and its design and construction method from ABS.

In the past years, MES has developed and offered to the market its “neo” series, next generation eco-friendly ships, in bulk carrier, crude oil carrier and medium size gas carrier. This time, new offshore platform series “noah” is added to MES’s brand.
MES continues to focus on marketing “noah” so as to have its brand further established.

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