This document provides requirements and guidance for the structural design and/or assessment of floating offshore platforms used by the petroleum and natural gas industries to support the following functions:
-- storage and/or offloading;
-- drilling and production;
-- production, storage and offloading;
-- drilling, production, storage and offloading.
NOTE 1 Floating offshore platforms are often referred to using a variety of abbreviations, e.g. FPS, FSU, FPSO (see Clauses 3 and 4), in accordance with their intended mission.
NOTE 2 In this document, the term floating structure, sometimes shortened to structure, is used as a generic term to indicate the structural systems of any member of the classes of platforms defined above.
NOTE 3 In some cases, floating platforms are designated as early production platforms. This term relates merely to an asset development strategy. For the purposes of this document, the term production includes early production.
This document is not applicable to the structural systems of mobile offshore units (MOUs). These include, among others, the following:
-- floating structures intended primarily to perform drilling and/or well intervention operations (often referred to as MODUs), even when used for extended well test operations;
-- floating structures used for offshore construction operations (e.g. crane barges or pipelay barges), for temporary or permanent offshore living quarters (floatels), or for transport of equipment or products (e.g. transportation barges, cargo barges), for which structures reference is made to relevant recognized classification society (RCS) rules.
This document is applicable to all possible life-cycle stages of the structures defined above, such as:
-- design, construction and installation of new structures, including requirements for inspection, integrity management and future removal,
-- structural integrity management covering inspection and assessment of structures in-service, and
-- conversion of structures for different use (e.g. a tanker converted to a production platform) or reâ€‘use at different locations.
The following types of floating structure are explicitly considered within the context of this document:
a) ship-shaped structures and barges;
d) shallow-draught cylindrical structures.
In addition to the structural types listed above, this document covers other floating platforms intended to perform the above functions, consisting of partially submerged buoyant hulls made up of any combination of plated and space frame components. These other structures can have a great range of variability in geometry and structural forms (e.g. tension leg platforms) and, therefore, can be only partly covered by the requirements of this document. In other cases, specific requirements stated in this document can be found not to apply to all or part of a structure under consideration.
NOTE 4 Requirements for topsides structures are presented in ISO 19901-3.
In the above cases, conformity with this document requires the design to be based upon its underpinning principles and to achieve a level of safety equivalent, or superior, to the level implicit in it.
NOTE 5 The speed of evolution of offshore technology often far exceeds the pace at which the industry achieves substantial agreement on innovation in structural concepts, structural shapes or forms, structural components and associated analysis and design practices, which are continuously refined and enhanced. On the other hand, International Standards can only capture explicit industry consensus, which requires maturation and acceptance of new ideas. Consequently, advanced structural concepts can, in some cases, only be partly covered by the requirements of this document.
This document is applicable to steel floating structures. The principles documented herein are, however, considered to be generally applicable to structures fabricated in materials other than steel.