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Time Domain Simulations of Side-by-Side Moored Vessels: Lessons Learnt From a Benchmark Test

[+] Author Affiliations
Mamoun Naciri

Single Buoy Moorings, Inc., Monaco, Monaco

Olaf Waals, Jaap de Wilde

MARIN, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Paper No. OMAE2007-29756, pp. 801-811; 11 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Special Symposium on Ocean Measurements and Their Influence on Design
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4267-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Time domain simulations are used extensively to assess the availability of turret moored terminals for offloading operations. The availability analysis provides a key input when assessing the economical viability of a project. In this context, it was deemed important to perform a benchmark study. Three programs have been used: AQWA-DRIFT - an ANSYS product maintained by Century Dynamics and used at SBM, LIFSIM and aNySIM both developed in MARIN. Five environments including wind, waves and current have been selected one of which with all components in-line and the remaining four with oblique wind and current. Simulations have been performed with identical input for the three programs. Results are compared statistically, but also in the time domain. Lessons learned will be discussed and areas of improvement identified.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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