Maersk’s Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading Systems (FPSOs): The Fantastic Four
Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading system (FPSO) is a type of ship that helps in the crude oil processing and storage at the high seas. There are several FPSOs deployed to maintain the continuity of supply of oil and gas procured from the high seas’ reservoir. One of the many such companies that deploy these handy vessels is Maersk which has four offshore FPSOs to carry out the process.
The four FPSO offshore vessels of Maersk can be enumerated as follows:
Ngujima-Yin: Operating in the West Australian waters, this FPSO unit of Maersk holds the distinction of being the largest FPSO unit Down Under. This unit was converted from the former Maersk ship Ellen in the year 2007 and has a daily producing capacitance of 1, 20,000 oil barrels.
Christened with the Native Australian name ‘to dream’, the vessel functions at an oceanic depth of 350 metres. One of the most important features of the vessel is that it has been built in such a way that its mooring can easily be unconnected in case of any oceanic turbulence and gale though an ingenious system of turrets.
North Sea Producer: As the name suggests, this Maersk FPSO from the fleet of Maersk FPSOs operates in the European North Sea area. Registered to the Isle of Man’s port of registry, the North Sea Producer was converted from the Maersk vessel Dagmar in the year 1997.
The Maersk offshore vessel operates at an oceanic depth of over 90 metres with a producing capacitance of 76,000 barrels of oil daily. Furthermore, the storage capacitance of the vessel is over 5, 60,000 oil barrels.
Peregrino: The premium and largest Maersk FPSO out of all its other operating FPSOs, the Peregrino is operated in the South American waters. Involving engineering assistance from various countries like Singapore, India and Denmark, the Peregrino was converted from the Maersk VLCC Nova in the year 2010. The vessel’s dimensions
Peregrino has been built to cater to the unique crude oil and gases from the South American high seas for the company Statoil. Accordingly, the FPSO has a capacitance of storing over 1.5 million oil barrels while producing around 1, 00,000 oil barrels and 7.3 million cubic feet of gases daily.
Curlew: The final of the four Maersk FPSOs, the Curlew also operates in the North Sea, albeit in its central part. The FPSO offshore vessel caters to the multi-national Shell conglomerate and began its operations in the year 1997. Recently, in the year 2009, the ship underwent major renovations to up-grade its existing design and built.
Operable at an underwater depth of 92 metres, the Maersk FPSO has a daily capacitance of 45,000 oil barrels with a storage capacitance of 5, 60,000 oil barrels. The vessel operates in the eastern high seas of the Scottish city Aberdeen.