Temporary Enhanced Navigation System for a Very Large Vessel (FPSO)

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Our client, a Global Oil & Gas company, is currently looking for market ready technologies to enhance the navigation systems on a very large vessel.

Application Deadline
November 1st, 2022
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Summary

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Challenge

Our client, a Global Oil & Gas company, is currently looking for market ready technologies to enhance the navigation systems on a very large vessel.

The FPSO (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) vessel began its life as a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The conversion from VLCC to FPSO involved the addition of significant elevated equipment modules on the deck that partly obscure forward line of sight. The FPSO is due for a final refit in 2023 and the voyage from Australia to the refit facility in Singapore involves navigating heavily congested waters. A temporary, regulatory approved technology to enhance the vessel’s existing navigations systems and supplement the on-watch personnel is being sought. The enhanced navigation system could also be used during the Australian cyclone season when the vessel may need to disconnect from the production system and temporarily move to safer waters.

Vessel dimensions of the FPSO

332m overall length

58m breadth

308,490 deadweight tonnage (dwt)

• Highest point 110m (top of flare tower)

The 90m tall flare tower is located towards the bow and is available for temporary equipment installation when not in use, as is the case during vessel navigation.

Solutions should be able to meet the following criteria:

• Provide high performance navigation capability for a VLCC size vessel in congested waters

• Be capable of temporary installation – best solutions facilitate ease of installation, removal and use

• Comply with all requirements of regulatory authorities – including Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, class societies, flag states etc

• Improve situational awareness on the bridge during navigation

What's in it for you?

A successful collaboration will generate business for suitable submissions.

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