RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Storm Quick-Disconnect Mooring System

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F. T. Pease, M. D. Burns, M.-C. Chen

Sonat Offshore Drilling Inc., Houston, Tex. 77252

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(4), 467-472 (Dec 01, 1985) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231220 History: Received March 23, 1984; Revised January 29, 1985; Online October 22, 2009


Severe storms such as hurricanes or typhoons can cause significant damage to offshore drilling rigs. Drillships, due to their high mobility, can flee severe storms after disconnecting from the mooring system. This paper presents a newly developed quick-connect/disconnect mooring system to permit the drilling rig to move off station quickly. The application of such a quick-connect/disconnect mooring system to the turret-moored drillship is presented.

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