Marine Systems & Ocean Technology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 47–59 | Cite as

A parametric model for operability of offshore support vessels via configuration-based design

  • Hugo L. Vidal
  • Henrique M. Gaspar
  • Lucas Weihmann
  • Luiz E. B. Minioli


The purpose of offshore support vessels (OSVs) is to support the oil industry in many sea activities, such as supply, anchor handling, towing, and construction. For a proper operation, a vessel requires different installed capabilities on board, and the availability and capacity of these capabilities are directly connected to the operational level of the vessel. In this work, a parametric model of an OSV is developed, taking into account the vessel capabilities and its connection to the main operations that these vessels can perform. Designs are ranked according to their operability score and capital cost. The model consists of parametric equations based on regression analysis from similar vessels and a preliminary configuration-based approach for specific modules, such as cranes, extra accommodation, and larger propulsion. The model takes into account different contexts in which the vessel will operate (e.g., North Sea, Arctic, and Brazil) for the scenario generation.


Offshore support vessels Parametric design Operability Ship design 


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© Sociedade Brasileira de Engenharia Naval 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo L. Vidal
    • 1
  • Henrique M. Gaspar
    • 2
  • Lucas Weihmann
    • 1
  • Luiz E. B. Minioli
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia NavalUFSCFlorianópolisBrazil
  2. 2.Faculty of Maritime Technology and OperationsAalesund University CollegeÅlesundNorway

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