LONDON – Lloyd’s Register Energy has released a new guidance note on risk-based inspection (RBI) for classification and hull integrity management.
The new guidance note provides operators of floating units, such as FPSO and FLNG units, with information on how to develop an RBI plan which can replace the traditional prescriptive approach to inspection planning. The aim is to minimize downtime, reduce risk, and mitigate unplanned dry-docking due to non-conformance with class rules.
Compared to a time-based approach, Lloyd’s Register Energy said RBI allows operators to prioritize and optimize inspection and maintenance regimes by estimating the likelihood of failures and consequences, identifying high risk components, and allocating resource accordingly.
It is intended to be used alongside Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Rules for Offshore Units as part of Classification, but can also be used when an asset is not classed by Lloyd’s Register.