ABS launches comprehensive guidance and notations for FPSOs in Brazil

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a new comprehensive support package for offshore operators in Brazil’s complex regulatory environment, with a detailed technical advisory and two new notations.

The ABS Practical Considerations for Regulatory Compliance in Brazil provides detailed guidance on navigating the unique regulatory environment in Brazil. Simultaneously, ABS offers the BRZ and BRZ+ notations to provide owners, operators, designers, and shipyards with a design and construction-focused approach to help achieve compliance with domestic regulations for floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units and floating production units (FPU) operating in Brazilian jurisdictional waters.

The BRZ notation covers basic physical requirements to be implemented in the design and construction stages of the floating facility project while the BRZ+ notation expands the coverage of requirements and includes a larger set of regulations from different agencies to better assist clients in the project development phase.

The technical advisory will become available in June 2020.

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