INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee discusses FPSO/FSU operations

The INTERTANKO Offshore Tanker Committee (IOTC) met this week in Oslo to discuss priority issues relating to Shuttle Tankers and Floating Production, Storage and Offshore Loading (FPSO)/Floating Storage Unit (FSU) operations.  

The Committee took two important decisions:  

(1)   to develop and promote industry guidelines for hot work onboard FPSO/FSU as an alternative to the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT) and

(2)   to include a permanent item on its agenda related to sharing information on incidents experienced and corrective actions considered or taken.  

The guidelines on hot work onboard FPSOs will be based on procedures developed by Single Buoy Moorings Inc. (SBM), an INTERTANKO member company. The procedures undertaken in preparation and for the execution of this activity are based on a risk-based assessment. The SBM Guide aims to provide an alternative to the ISGOTT procedures, which were primarily drafted for commercial tankers doing steel repairs and steel renewals in dry dock whereas hot work on FPSOs has to be done at a stationary sea location.  

The INTERTANKO guide will aim to provide the industry with a uniform accepted procedure for hot work on FPSOs. Although the SBM Guide will be used as the basic document, the IOTC instructed the Secretariat to approach OCIMF, the United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) and Oljeindustriens Landsforening (OLF) (Norwegian Oil Industry Association) for a joint project in refining industry guidelines.  

Contact: Dragos Rauta