Boskalis Offshore executed the dry transportation of the P-67 FPSO in 2018 from Qingdao China to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. One of the main challenges for this project is the sheer size and weight of the P-67 FPSO. In order to transport the P-67 FPSO in a safe and controlled manner, new loading concepts and support structures have been developed.
This paper addresses the challenges and lessons learned of the P67 FPSO transportation project. By means of several tangible examples and comparison with wet-tow the reader is explained how the dry-tow method benefits the transport of the P67 FPSO. The P67 FPSO is a critical asset for gas production, and as a result benefits deepwater FLNG in general.
High level these benefits can be found in:
Design optimizations - Stationary structures can be designed lighter and equipment can be optimized for local environment.
Schedule optimizations - Dry transport increases schedule reliability and reduces time to market.
Risk reduction - Reduced duration of exposure to risks at sea and specifically in critical areas.