The new system named the Subtank Mooring involves mooring the tanker directly to the production platform. Mooring is with long elastic fiber cables, while oil is loaded in the normal way using floating hoses. This does away with the need for a buoy, and the fact that the hoses and mooring lines are reeled in aboard the platform when not is use, makes for much longer life for these items, as well as simplified inspection and maintenance. It is also reckoned that safety is improved. The tanker lies some 300 m away from the platform. This makes positioning easier, and also eliminates the possibility of collision with a buoy. Furthermore it cuts out the sometimes large relative motions between tanker and buoy--another source of potential damage. Other savings are achieved because no subsea pipe line is needed, as is the case with a loading buoy. Instead, the mooring system can be built as one or more modules and installed on the platform in a simple package. This simple installation can thus reduce field development time.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Gulf Publishing Company

    Box 2608
    Houston, TX  United States  77001
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 64
  • Serial:
    • Ocean Industry
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Gulf Publishing Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Gulf Publishing Company
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1976 12:00AM