Lloyd’s Register Energy has released a new Guidance Note on Risk-based Inspection (RBI) of hull structures. The Guidance Note provides operators of floating units, such as FPSO and FLNG units, with information on how to develop an RBI plan which can replace the traditional prescriptive approach to inspection planning and will minimise downtime, reduce risk and mitigate unplanned dry-docking due to non-conformance with class Rules.
“The Guidance Note outlines Lloyd’s Register Energy’s RBI methodology for the hull structures of floating offshore units. It allows operators to prioritise and plan inspections based on risk, rather than by using traditional time-based inspection plans”, says Tim Walsh, Chief Operating Officer Assurance, at Lloyd’s Register Energy. “They’ve been created in consultation with industry partners who form Lloyd’s Register’s Offshore Technical Committee.”