Offshore units are often exposed to severe weather events such as hurricanes and loop currents. ABS, based on experience with classing and certifying a large number of these units, has verified that some of the events may cause failures that compromise the structural integrity of the units.
Naval and maritime service leaders in the U.S. and around the world are asking tough questions and breaking out of the status quo. New platforms are being delivered and more appear to be on the way. And, equally critical maintenance availability improvements and service life projects on existing vessels are happening. This as an era of transition driven by world events, national government expectations, emerging technologies, and as always, constrained budgets.
The automation systems on our ships and offshore assets today are often single-purpose components. These automation systems bring features and functions that multiply human effort, but sometimes at the cost of vulnerabilities to specific errors, failure modes or intrusions.
In pursuit of untapped natural resources, the offshore industry ventures into increasingly remote and difficult to drill environments.
Travelling along a rugged, frozen coast north of the Arctic Circle this April, you might have come across a team of researchers attempting to answer a key question: How long can a person survive in the Arctic in a lifeboat or life raft?