UK association revises mooring, offloading guidelines

Offshore staff

LONDONOil & Gas UK has published two updated sets of guidelines for operators of FPSOs, FSUs, and offtake tankers on the UK continental shelf.

Issue 2 of the Mooring Integrity Guidelines provides guidance on improving the reliability of permanent mooring systems and enhanced management of mooring integrity. This includes improvements to existing methods for evaluating wear and tear of mooring chains, information on microbe-induced corrosion, and updated inspection techniques.

Issue 3 of the Tandem Loading Guidelines incorporates feedback from operators on various procedures for loading hydrocarbons from the stern of an FPSO to the bow of a shuttle tanker.

Oil & Gas UK’s operations director Oonagh Werngren said: “Our aim is to help operators reduce the rate of incidents and to reduce the inherent risk of a major accident to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) in accordance with UK goal setting legislation.”


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