SBM Offshore Fast4WardTM project



Sep. 1 2018

Bureau Veritas’ relationship with SBM Offshore has gone from strength to strength in the past 18 months, through innovative projects and a global technical and commercial frame agreement encompassing classification, second-party inspection and design assessment studies.

Its work with SBM Offshore, a market leader in floating production solutions for the offshore energy industry, started with support in the development of the company’s flagship Fast4WardTM project (pictured).

The world’s first Multi-Purpose Floater (MPF) program, Fast4WardTM provides a generic yet modular approach to standardize the construction and delivery of FPSOs. A Fast4WardTM FPSO costs significantly less than a standard vessel, and the process can shave 6 to 12 months off the usual three-year wait for a third-generation FPSO. Through standardization and repetition, the company aims to offer greater safety, more cost-efficiency and productivity, more reliability and assured delivery deadlines.

Bureau Veritas was involved in SBM’s internal FEED and provided full Basic Design Approval for the hull. It understood the company’s generic and design envelope approach and made several recommendations that improved details of the hull structures. Impressed by the speed and quality of Bureau Veritas’ support, SBM Offshore extended collaboration on the Fast4WardTM project to full classification.

In doing so, it underlined its confidence in Bureau Veritas’ surveying experience in the construction of ships and complex offshore units in China. China is the second-largest country for Bureau Veritas Group, with 10,000 employees, and is steadily becoming a second headquarters in marine and offshore expertise.

This enables it to class FPSO concepts for both European and Chinese owners. Since 2017, Bureau Veritas was also selected to class four major offshore floating projects. In addition to plan approval offices, technical center and on-site presence in yards, Bureau Veritas offers an Advanced Technical Research Center in Shanghai that enables it to work on Approvals in Principle of innovative designs.

Bureau Veritas’ teams in China work seamlessly with its teams in Europe and around the world: it ensures the undertaking of thorough engineering scrutiny, and that nothing is left to chance. During the fabrication, erection and testing phases, Bureau Veritas surveyors are responsible for assuring compliance with Rules, all statutory-based requirements and, equally as important, good manufacturing practices.

Photo Credit: SBM Offshore