Past 2010 Luncheons

January 2010 Luncheon

Arctic Floater Design

John Murray, FloaTEC

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

March 2010 Luncheon

Evolution of TLP design over the past 30 years

Steve Leverette, VP Marketing for TLP’s and Semi’s, SBM Atlantia, Houston, Texas USA

Tuesday, Mar. 09, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM


The presentation is an overview of the evolution of TLP design over the past 30 years.

Speaker's Bio

Steve has been in the offshore industry for 32 years, and has been involved in deepwater development and specifically Tension Leg Platforms for most of that time. His PhD is from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Steve's career path has included 9 years with Gulf Oil Company, 10 years as head of a small deep water engineering firm, and 13 years with SBM Atlantia. Steve has been involved in 15 TLP and semi projects. Steve was on the design team for the world's first TLP, the first Gulf of Mexico TLP, the first mini-TLP, and the worlds first DeepDraft Semi. He is chairman of the API RP2T committee. .

Presentation PDF is not avaliable.

SNAME / MTS Joint Meeting & Student Design Projects


FPSO DESIGNS FOR GOM/ Storm Surge Suppression Barrier Designs for Galveston Bay




Friday, March 26, 2010


Garden Room, Student Recreation Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas










8:30 – 9:00

REGISTRATION (Student Recreation Center, Garden Room)

9:00 – 9:10

Overview of Storm Surge Barrier Design Projects

Pat Lynett, Texas A&M University

9:10 – 10:25

Student Presentations – Section I (Design of a Storm Surge Suppression Barrier for Galveston Bay)

Student Teams

10:25 – 10:40



10:40 – 10:50

Overview of FPSO/Drillship Design Projects

Jeff Falzarano, Texas A&M University


Student Presentations – Section II (FPSO & Drillship Design Projects)

Student Teams

12:10 – 1:00

Texas BBQ Buffet Lunch (Garden Room)


1:00 –1:30

SNAME & MTS Business Announcements, MTS Outstanding Ocean Engineering Student Award, SNAME Academic Excellence Award, Omega Epsilon Honor Society Induction

1:30 – 1:45

Footy Boats

Peter Noble, ConocoPhillips

1:45 – 2:15

Modeling of Wave Overtopping Offshore Structures during Hurricane

H. C. Chen, Texas A&M University

2:15 – 2:45

ExxonMobil Experience: FPSO and Offshore LNG Terminal

Sam Ryu, ExxonMobil

2:45 – 3:15

FPSO Espirito Santo - Turret & Installation Challenges

Chris Wibner, Shell

3:15 – 3:30


3:30 -4:00

Managing Interfaces on Deepwater FPSO Developments

Rod King, Consultant


Haynes Laboratory Studies during 2009 -2010

R. E. Randall, Texas A&M University



April 2010 Luncheon

The Design of Offshore Construction Vessels: Vessel Requirements from a Marine Contractor’s Perspective

David Loos & Capt. Sanjai Jatar

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Offshore construction vessels constitute a broad range of vessel types and sizes ranging from heavy lift (HLV) and pipelay vessels on down to dive support vessels (DSV) and anchor handling tug / supply vessels (AHTS). This presentation examines one subset of this sector, the monohull multi-purpose service vessel (MPSV), from the perspective of a marine contractor.  The term multi-purpose connotes flexibility.  However, flexibility often comes at the expense of vessel optimization for conducting specific marine construction activities.  The choice of equipment to be installed on the vessel –regardless of whether it’s permanent or not-- has a direct impact on the overall design of the vessel.  We will explore the impact of equipment selection and construction activities on the design of the MPSV. Also, we describe the dilemma faced by operators as to how to best outfit their vessel in order to keep it utilized in a turbulent marketplace.

Biography - David Loos

David Loos has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Later in his career, he obtained a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston.  His early career was spent in a variety of shipyard engineering departments where he worked on designs for inland and offshore barges, fishing vessels, OSVs, and jack-up and semisubmersible drilling units.  During the next phase of his career, he worked on FPU designs for concept selection and FEED studies.  He became heavily involved in transportation and installation issues –especially related to the Caspian region-- while working on the BP Shah Deniz and the Agip Kashagan projects.  He currently serves as engineering manager in the Houston office of Aker Marine Contractors. 

Biography - Capt. Sanjai Jatar

Sanjai has been involved in the marine and offshore oil and gas industry for 30 years, having worked on a variety of merchant cargo ships, tankers, container ships and bulk carriers before transitioning to the offshore industry as Captain on dynamically positioned multi-support diving and construction vessels.   He has worked in various offshore areas of the world, including GoM, Australia, New Zealand, India, South China Sea, Indonesia, West Africa and the Far East.  He has had considerable experience with the installation and repair of floating production units (Semis, FPSO’s, FSO’s, MODU’s) and subsea flexible and rigid pipelines during his tenure on offshore construction vessels.  He was the Installation Manager for Kerr McGee’s Red Hawk Cell Spar and Murphy Oil’s Kikeh Truss Spar in Malaysia, before rejoining Aker Solutions to help grow their marine contracting division.  Sanjai currently heads up the marine contracting division for Aker Solutions in North America and is responsible for operations of the Aker Solutions fleet of chartered and owned vessels.

Presentation PDF is not available.

June 2010 Luncheon

Ship to Ship LNG Transfer

Capt. Mark Lane, Senior Vice President Operations, Excelerate Energy

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Captain Lane will make a presentation of the Technology employed by Excelerate Energy, take a brief look at operations at various market access points and present the unique tools of commercial ship-to-ship transfer which will lead the LNG industry into its next generation.




Biography - Captain Mark Lane


Captain Mark Lane is Senior Vice President of Operations at Excelerate Energy and is a Master Mariner licensed by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to command ships of unlimited size and unlimited horsepower on any waters of the world. Captain Lane has been sailing as a licensed merchant officer since 1979 and was Master-in-Command of LNG carriers, Panamax bulk carriers, offshore supply vessels and large private yachts.

Captain Lane graduated Summa Cum Laude from Maine Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science and completed a minor concentration of study in Business Administration and Transportation.

Captain Lane is a member of the Nautical Institute, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Council of American Master Mariners and the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Before coming to Excelerate Energy, Captain Lane provided professional services to firms such as Energy Transportation Corporation, Burmah Gas Transport, Pronav Ship Management, BG LNG Services, Coastal Corporation, SeaRiver Maritime, Freeport McMoRan, Offshore Logistics and Tidewater Marine.

This afternoon Captain Lane will make a presentation of the Technology employed by Excelerate Energy, take a brief look at our Operations at various market access points and present the unique tools of commercial ship-to-ship transfer which will lead the LNG industry into its next generation.

Presentation PDF is not available.


August 2010 Luncheon

A Technical Appreciation of the Design and Analysis of FPSO

Mr Christopher Carra, Director and Vice President of AMOG Inc.

Tuesday, August 8, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Mr Christopher Carra will make a presentation covering the design and analysis of FPSO’s, this is based on his 25 years of experience from both an operator and specialist consultant perspective.  Chris will cover key FPSO decisions such as; mooring selection (spread moored vs turret moored); turret selection (internal vs external and permanent vs disconnectable). He will also cover recent findings in Inspection Maintenance and Repair (IMR) strategy and implementation, facility layout (importance of vessel heading analyses) and uptime and availability issues.  The presentation will cover both general and technical aspects of the above topics.




Biography - Christopher Carra


Christopher Carra is Director of Major Offshore Projects for AMOG Consulting with 25 years of offshore experience. Prior to his commencement with AMOG in 2002, Christopher held senior positions at BHP Billiton in the Petroleum Division (BHPB) in both the project engineering and strategic planning areas.

Chris is a Mechanical Engineer and began his career with BHP Petroleum and was involved in the conceptual and detail design of FPSO facilities including Challis, Skua, Griffin, Dai Hung and Buffalo.  He also spent two years working in the Gulf of Mexico on deep water projects. 

Since joining AMOG in 2002 Christopher has held management roles for conceptual, FEED and detail design of riser and mooring systems for project including West Seno, Azurite, Crux, Basker Manta, Maari, Woollybutt, Pyrenees, Stybarrow, Montara, Audacious, Angostura, Cabrillo Port and Mutineer/Exeter FPSO projects.

His strong analytical skills and experience in detail design, combined with a detailed understanding of the practical issues associated with procurement, installation and operation of a range of both mooring and riser systems places him in a unique position within Australia. Christopher is regularly appointed by a range of operators as the technical advisor for turret design and mooring and riser interface management. In this capacity Christopher has access to a vast pool of technical resources including mechanical engineers, naval architects and specialist riser/mooring analysts  to conduct targeted studies to address operator critical issues.

Presentation PDF is not avaliable.


September 2010 Luncheon

Offshore Wind Turbine Installation Vessels

David Fetterly, GustoMSC

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Overview of the offshore wind market and the evolution of the fit-for-purpose vessels being built to service this emerging market.




Biography - David Fetterly


Over thirty years involvement in the offshore industry, having participated and contributed to innumerous state-of-art-projects related to marine vessels and platforms including drilling jack-ups, ultra deepwater semi-submersibles and drillships, platform drilling rigs, arctic drilling rigs and special purpose work vessels. Currently working as VP Business Development for the GustoMSC Division of SBM Atlantia, David’s experience includes time spent with a large international service company, international drilling contractors, major EPCI contractor and engineering/design companies. David is a Graduate of Texas A&M (BS in Mechanical Engineering) and Southern Methodist University (MBA). Licensed PE in Texas, member of SNAME, SPE and IADC. 


October 2010 Luncheon

Double Inverted Funnel for the Intervention on Shipwreck

Hans Cozijn, Senior Project Manager Offshore, MARIN

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


The DIFIS system (Double Inverted Funnel for the Intervention on Shipwrecks) is a concept to recover oil from ship wrecks, even in very deep waters. The scope of the DIFIS project was the study, design and validation of an EU reference method for the prompt and cost-effective intervention on ship wrecks. The applied method is of general applicability as long the trapped pollutant does not dissolve and is of lower density than sea water.

The leaking fuel is collected by a Dome, constructed of fabric, covering the ship wreck completely. The collected fuel is channeled, along with sea water, through a long, flexible Riser Tube into a Buffer Bell, which is at a depth of 30-50 m below the sea surface. The Buffer Bell acts as separator and temporary storage for the oil. The Buffer Bell keeps the Riser Tube and Dome under tension and provides for a rapid periodical unloading to a shuttle tanker.

MARIN carried out two series of model tests. In the first set of model tests, carried out in MARIN's Offshore Basin in March 2007, the performance of the DIFIS system was tested in Operational Conditions and during Offloading Operations. The results of the measurements were used as input for the design of the DIFIS system. In January 2008, a second set of tests was carried out, focusing on the deployment of the system. The results of these tests were used to evaluate the system's installation procedure.

The DIFIS project had a duration of 45 months and was partly funded by the European Commission (Project FP6-516360 DIFIS).




Biography - Hans Cozijn


Hans studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Delft University. He graduated in 1996 at the hydrodynamics department. The topic of his MSc-thesis was "Numerical Simulation of Green Water". Hans has over a decade of experience at MARIN's offshore department, where he's involved in scale model testing and computer simulations of offshore structures. His specialities include motions and loads on moored structures and dynamic positioning. He recently started a joint industry project "TRUST", in which model tests, CFD calculations and full scale measurements are combined to improve the understanding of thruster interaction effects.


November 2010 Luncheon

Marine Propulsion Machinery Failures and Cases

Jan H. Andersen, P.E., DNV

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Mr. Jan H. Andersen will make a presentation of some recent machinery failures and cases.  Issues with failures and expensive damages to the marine propulsion machinery and other critical equipment continues to be a concern for ship owners, shipyards, insurance and class societies.  A number of cases related to shafting, alignment, bearings, and gears are discussed with a focus on the background, root cause analysis, repairs, and lessons learned.

Biography - Jan H. Andersen

Jan H. Andersen is a Principal Engineer for DNV North America. He has 20 years experience from the design, analysis, operation and failure analysis of propulsion systems and machinery. He joined DNV North America in April 2010, before that he worked at DNV Technical Advisory Ship and Offshore in Norway and was responsible for diesel engines, shafting and bearing analysis, including damage investigations, on-site inspections and measurements.  

He is a Mechanical Engineer and started his career at Transmarine Propulsion Systems. Inc in Seattle, Washington and was involved in a wide range of projects and issues related to the operation and performance of machinery and equipment onboard ships and stationary installations. This experience exposed Mr. Andersen both to the theoretical and practical understanding of machinery and how to evaluate design and operation.  He joined DNV in 2005 in the Rotating Machinery Section of Maritime Technical Advisory.  This group provides consultancy and advisory services to ship owners, ship yards, manufacturers, designers and others on design, operation, troubleshooting, root cause analysis, and performance verification. The group also carries out R&D and serves as a competence center within the DNV organization. In his position at DNV, Mr. Andersen has been in charge of shafting vibration and alignment studies for a number of projects and has been carrying out research on journal bearings and lubrication.  He has also conducted inspections and on-site advisories to ship owners for both new constructions and repairs.  He has been involved in many damage investigations and root cause analysis of engine components, bearings, shaft, and gears.

Mr. Andersen is a member of SNAME, M-16 Panel on Propulsion Shafting.

Presentation PDF is not avaliable.

December 2010 Luncheon

Roll Motions on FPSOs

Caspar Heyl, SOFEC Inc.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM

Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042


Mr. Caspar Heyl will give a presentation on roll motions of FPSOs. The presentation will cover various aspects of FPSO roll motions such as analysis methods, forcing mechanisms, and sources of damping.

Biography - Caspar Heyl

Caspar Heyl is a Principal Research Engineer with SOFEC, Inc. in Houston. He has over 14 year years experience in the design and analysis of mooring systems for FPSOs. Caspar obtained a MSc. in Marine Technology from Delft University of Technology, specializing in hydromechanics.