ABS Launches Guidance and Notations for FPSOs in Brazil

May 21, 2020

Offshore classification company ABG has launch what it says is industry’s most comprehensive support package for offshore operators in Brazil’s complex regulatory environment, with a detailed technical advisory and two new notations.

The ABS Practical Considerations for Regulatory Compliance in Brazil provides detailed guidance on navigating the unique regulatory environment in Brazil, ABS said.

Simultaneously, ABS offers the BRZ and BRZ+ notations to provide owners, operators, designers, and shipyards with a design and construction-focused approach to help achieve compliance with domestic regulations for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units and Floating Production Units (FPU) operating in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters, the company said.

"Brazil operates a complex regulatory regime with multiple agencies involved. As the leading classification organization for offshore operators in Brazil, with the largest fleet of FPSOs, no one is better qualified than ABS to assist in navigating the compliance environment for operating in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore.

"ABS has built a strong relationship with all Brazilian regulatory authorities and operators. We have developed a deep understanding of the wide array and complexity of local regulations, resolutions and standards for operating in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters, allowing us to help clients understand and successfully apply these standards during the Class process.”

As the FPSO market in Brazil evolves, ABS offers a series of notations to navigate the regulations and clarify the requirements for FPSO "construction and design in Brazil. The BRZ notation covers basic physical requirements to be implemented in the design and construction stages of the floating facility project. The BRZ+ notation expands the coverage of requirements and includes a larger set of regulations from different agencies to better assist clients in the project development phase," ABS said.



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