FSO Ailsa completed
Singapore, May 9, 2018 – FSO Ailsa, the world’s first Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel with a 40-year hull lifespan, will set sail next month for the Culzean gas field in the UK North Sea.
Newly completed at the Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard for MODEC, a leading specialist of offshore oil and gas floating production systems, and with French oil supermajor TOTAL as the field operator and TOTAL, BP and JX Nippon as Joint Venture owners, FSO Ailsa will enter service with a hull designed to have twice the average hull fatigue lifespan of other newbuild FSOs, as verified by marine assurance company DNV GL.
A longer hull fatigue life enables ships to withstand harsher and more extreme environmental conditions, such as rogue waves, corrosion, large ambient temperature variation and thunderstorms.
Equipped with a 430,000-barrel condensate storage capacity, FSO Ailsa also boasts a 25-year continuous operability without drydocking and full compliance with strict UK safety regulations for harsh-environment operations in the Culzean field.
Read Sembcorp Marine's full press release here.