New DNV GL RP on offshore fibre ropes: enabling cost-efficient mooring operations

The offshore oil and gas industry uses synthetic fibre ropes across various mission-critical activities where performance and reliability are key concerns. These include mooring systems, lifting slings, and deepwater deployment and recovery systems for subsea infrastructure.  

“Fibre ropes are increasingly used for offshore operations due to their high performance for a very low weight and because they can be easily customized. Their functionality is critical to ensuring successful offshore operations,” said Vidar Åhjem, principal engineer, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “Performance-based selection of the mooring lines, lifting lines, slings and tethers, renders these offshore systems highly cost effective. 

Lifting lines are used for the installation of subsea infrastructure, where the offshore fibre rope performs as an integral part of a lifting appliance and where no function can be seen in isolation. The integrated system behaviour is also very important in offshore mooring. 

The RP is intended to serve owners, system integrators, rope manufacturers, manufacturers of load-bearing synthetic yarns and coating, and termination hardware products. It provides recommendations for fulfilling the requirements in the Standard DNVGL-OS-E303. It emphasizes the following key aspects:

• Offshore Fibre Rope should be analyzed on the basis of amount of load-bearing material in the cross section, and the characteristics of the material used
• The tension versus stretch behaviour of synthetic rope, which is fundamentally different to that of steel wire rope
• The strength and endurance of synthetic rope, which is fundamentally different to the strength and endurance of steel-wire rope on the basis that mechanisms are different.

“The technical advice provided to the offshore mooring industry in this RP help assure that the design, fabrication and installation of cost-efficient, tailor-made fibre rope based mooring systems will meet the functional requirements,” added Espen Cramer, global service area leader for technical advisory, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “DNVGL-RP-E305 will be part of more than 170 recognised industry standards and recommended practices that are openly accessible for the industry from our home page, ensuring cost-efficient, reliable and safe solutions.”

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