They are primarily employed in offshore oil and gas fields. Typically, the offshore facility from which a shuttle tanker loafs from is a Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoy or a Floating (Production) Storage and Offloading (F(P)SO) unit.
A shuttle tanker must be able to safely moor and load cargo from these types of units. This means that station keeping, cargo handling and communication between the shuttle tanker and offshore loading facility are crucial to the safe operation of a shuttle tanker.
Given that many shuttle tankers operate in the North Sea, the Canadian east coast (offshore Newfoundland) and the Russian (Varandey, Caspian, Sakhalin and Yamal) coast there are specific considerations related to operating in cold climates that need to be considered.
Therefore, ABS offers Notations for Operation in Low Temperature Environments and for Ice Load Monitoring. We also offer a full suite of Ice Class Notations including Polar Class, Enhanced Polar Class, First-year Ice Class and Baltic Ice Class. See below for more information.
Security of life starts with improving the safety and well-being of personnel with a clear understanding of their capabilities and limitations. That is why ABS offers Habitability, Ergonomic, Navigation Bridge Layout and Means of Access Notations to keep your crew safe and efficient.
Specifically, ABS provides safety notations on habitability, ergonomics, navigation bridge, and means of access.
ABS also offers machinery related Notations for shuttle tankers, providing requirements for temperature monitoring and alarm, oil seal design, bearing wear down measurement, management of monitored data and surveys.
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