SPS Technology’s structural composite Sandwich Plate System (SPS) overlay panels were used for side shell impact protection on the starboard side during the conversion of the VLCC M/V Sunrise IV to FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis MV22.

 “SPS Overlay provided the ideal side shell protection for our FPSO. It was applied quickly, delivered improved impact resistance and reduced our operational costs.”

 Andy Lau, Conversion/ Construction Manager, MOPS

SPS is ideally suited for use as side shell protection against cargo tank rupture. The side shell for the FPSO Cidade de Angra dos Reis MV22 was designed and built to meet industry standards for FPSOs in an impact scenario of a 5,000 tonne vessel colliding at 2 metres/sec. Class approvals were obtained.

In this case, the composite construction strengthened the existing structure and improved its load sharing capability to provide enhanced impact protection for increased offloading and supply berthing operations. SPS was installed directly to the existing side shell plating with minimal disruption to concurrent works. This contrasts with the complexities of installing an internal cofferdam or the construction and fitting of new sponsons: SPS eliminated the need for both.

SPS Technology and our Network Partners have extensive experience delivering permanent, class approved side shell impact protection repairs.

Please see more about SPS side shell protection for Petrobras. where Sandwich Plate System Compact Double Hull was used in the repair of six Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels.