ABS approval advances Tension Leg Platform concept
ABS, the leading provider of classification and technical services to the global offshore industry, granted approval in principle (AIP) for a Tension Leg Platform (DSTLP500) design developed by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC), the classification society said in a media release.
“ABS and DSIC have a long relationship and have worked closely on a broad range of offshore projects, semi-submersible units, jackups and drill ships,” said ABS Executive Vice President for Global Offshore Kenneth Richardson. “The ABS and DSIC teams collaborated using advanced simulation technology and incorporated the latest industry standards with the objective of advancing this novel deepwater TLP hull design.”
“Gaining ABS approval is an important step in helping bring this project closer to realization,” said Wenmin Liu, China Ship Design Master and Senior Offshore Technical Expert DSIC. “By working with ABS, we were able to prove the concept and determine that there are no major design or regulatory roadblocks as we move ahead in the development process.”
This unit is designed with four pontoons, four columns and eight tendons, suitable for operation in the water depth up to 500m, primarily in South China Sea.
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification organization devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.