OCIMF Updates FPSO Assessment Guidelines

September 25, 2019

© Lukasz Z / Adobe Stock
© Lukasz Z / Adobe Stock

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has published the second edition of its Guidelines on the Marine Assessment of floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO). 

According to the industry association, the publication provides a framework for assessing the marine sections of FPSOs and floating storage and offloading facilities (FSO) against international legislation and industry best practice. Iit can also supplement any other internal assessments an operating company might carry out as part of its auditing process, OCIMF said.

The main body of the publication consists of 12 questionnaires and the relevant guidance, each covering a different part of FPSO or FSO. These include marine interfaces and how they relate to areas such as topside production, turret mooring, subsea systems, hydrocarbon offtake systems, pilots, support craft operators and local authorities. Four appendices look at the documents that support the assessment process.

"This new edition of a key OCIMF publication addresses the full range of marine activities associated with F(P)SO operations," said OCIMF Director Rob Drysdale.

"It is a thorough, self-contained and user-friendly piece of guidance that can help assessors judge how far an operation complies with the appropriate legislation and accepted best practice. As always, the ultimate objective is to help ensure the safe, effective and efficient operation of these vital facilities."



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