Assessment of Motion Effects on the FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) Vessel Terra Nova

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Authors
  1. Cheung, B.
  2. Brooks, C.J.
  3. Hofer, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Survival Systems Group Ltd, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
Current oil and gas exploration requirements to exploit deeper water change the method of oil extraction. Floating Production Storage and Off-loading (FPSO) vessels are increasingly being used to operate in these fields where the environment can be very extreme. The Petro Canada Terra Nova Floating, Production, Storage, Offshore vessel (FPSO) is the first of its kind built for operations on the Grand Banks at the Terra Nova field and is the first to operate in Canadian waters. The crew on these vessels is expected to operate for as long as possible under extreme weather conditions within certain safety margins. Seasickness and its after-effects, motion-induced fatigue and motion-induced interruptions remain a potential threat to crewmembers at sea. Understanding the incidence, severity and the effects of seasickness on performance, can improve effective scheduling and task assignment. This survey attempts to (1) define the incidence and severity of the symptom complex of seasickness, motion-induced fatigue and task performance problems encountered on the Terra Nova FPS) vessel and (2) to examine correlations (if any) between FPSO vessel motions, seasickness, motion-induced fatigue and task performance, towards the development of recommendations to provide operations guidance to ameliorate seasickness and improve comfort and performance in the environment described above. TRUNCATED

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Keywords
Sea sickness;Seasickness;Motion induced fatigue;Motion induced interruptions
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2002-144 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2002
Number of Pages
50
DSTKIM No
CA021774
CANDIS No
518510
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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