Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have announced that its domestic counterparts, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), recently held a meeting for an “Offshore Design Standardization JIP” with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) at Huston, Texas.
The three Korean shipbuilders agreed to join forces to standardize materials, design, and procedures of offshore facilities that vary by project and client by the first half of 2016.
In the absence of common rules for equipment lists, design and work procedures, offshore facilities contractors and clients alike have been facing issues such as increasing demand for materials, high material procurement costs, and project delays with the project-specific procedures. The standardization of offshore design will help to ease material costs and reduce project delays.
The three Korean major shipbuilders that have been working on standardization with DNV GL since May 2015 and plan to expand their standardization work with LR and BV, and to list the common rules on ISO.