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Research and Development of Offshore Platforms for SMS Mining: Part 1—An Integrated Design Tool of Offshore Platforms

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Toshiki Chujo, Shigesuke Ishida, Kazuhiro Yukawa, Yasuhiro Namba, Yasuharu Nakajima, Shunji Kato

National Maritime Research Institute, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2010-20779, pp. 249-255; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4911-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Japan has a very large area because Japan consists of many islands. As the worldwide supply and demand of natural resources and food are being tight, the technology for the effective use of the EEZ will become the key for the future development of Japan. From this background, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) started an R&D project of floating offshore platform technologies in 2007. In this project an integrated design support tool, called “Harmonic Design Tool”, has been developed for evaluating economical and safety aspects of the offshore platforms. At the first stage, the tool makes the basic planning based on many kinds of relating datasets. In the second and third stages, safety assessment and economic evaluation are carried out by datasets and numerical simulation programs. In this paper the outlines of the total tool, each stage, some technical components and a trial estimate for seafloor massive sulphides (SMS) mining platform are presented.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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