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Hydro-Mechanical Issues of Offloading Operations Between a Floating LNG Terminal and a LNG Carrier in Side-by-Side Configuration

[+] Author Affiliations
Bruno Lécuyer, Begnat Heguiaphal

PRINCIPIA SAS, La Ciotat, France

Alain Ledoux

TOTAL SA, Paris, France

Bernard Molin

Ecole Centrale Marseille, Marseille, France

Marc Le Boulluec

IFREMER, Brest, France

Paper No. OMAE2012-83623, pp. 495-504; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 1–6, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4488-5
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper presents a state-of-the-art methodology to build a numerical hydro-mechanical model of a floating LNG Terminal with a LNG carrier moored alongside, complying with the physical mechanical behavior and hydrodynamic phenomenology involved in such a complex system.

The required numerical functions are available for intensive engineering applications in the PRINCIPIA’s software DIODORE™ dedicated to sea-keeping and mooring analysis. The methodology has been validated by comparison with non-captive model tests in IFREMER basin in the frame of the SALT 2 JIP led by PRINCIPIA.

The paper describes first the academic side-by-side case that has been tested in basin, associated with the comparison between the experimental results and the numerical application using DIODORE™. In a second step, the main physical parameters of the simulation are analyzed and some gained insights are exposed.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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