FPSO Training simulator


For sheer complexity we think our FPSO simulator is our most realistic and advanced marine model. We combined production, Fire and gas and other key FPSO systems with an incredibly realistic stability and mooring system which allows trainees to experience the full effect of loading, weather and anchor issues on the operation of the vessel.

We believe that our FPSO model should meet a large range of requirements, however we always welcome the opportunity to create a new model for a specific requirement, designed to whatever level of fidelity meets your needs.

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Pisys can design a bespoke FPSO model to meet your requirements – or we can provide an off-the-shelf model which is widely used to train crews worldwide. Our model is extremely detailed covering all key vessel systems including:

Tanker offload Tank cleaning Bilge
Process alarms/Environmental sounds Stability/Ballast Fire & Gas
Weather Water Injection Deluge
Shear forces/Bending moments Foam system Multi-phase flow
Vessel Structure Mooring System Bilge Management
Power Generation Process Overviews Wellhead control
Water Injection Fire & Gas Detection System Fire fighting system



All our simulators have the facility for an instructor to observe and interact with the trainees.

The instructor can create and run scenarios as well as altering the state of the model. For example a valve which was working normally could be changed to a faulty state, or a smoke detector could be activated.

In the FPSO model the instructor also has access to a full range of mooring scenarios including weather changes, lost anchors etc. The student responses can be recorded and used for later review. There is also a pause/speed function which allows a scenario to be paused for review or advanced to reach a particular state.

An infinite number of ‘scenarios’ can be created for training. These are led by an instructor and can focus on small parts of the system or can combine disciplines for a full exercise. The instructor has the ability to pause or ‘fast forward’ the timeline at any point and the actions of the trainees may be recorded for external assessment by certifying bodies or for internal review.

Here’s an example of training scenarios which can be created:

  • Variation of velocity and direction of wind and current, height and period of waves
  • Storm condition – combination of wind, wave and current up to one hundred condition and above
  • Environmental factors can be applied independently and in combination
  • Variation of area exposed to the weather
  • Variation of water density (salt, fresh and aerated water due to subsurface blow out)
  • Effects of roll, pitch, heave, surge, sway, yaw and drifting from wellhead
  • Bow heading from 0 to 360 degrees
  • Pump failure (cargo, ballast, etc)
  • Variation of pump efficiency (0 to 100%)
  • Excessive free surface effects in cargo and ballast tanks
  • Failure in tank gauges for level of liquid, pressure, temperature, O2 content and draft
  • Great inclining angles
  • Failure in load calculator
  • Loading and Oil Storage
  • Vacuum and over pressure inside cargo tanks
  • Inert Gas system failures (generator, colling pumps, inert gas seal, blower, vent post, vacuum breaker, etc)
  • Black-out
  • Failure in emergency generator
  • Failure in piping
  • Failure in sea-chest valves
  • Using the operation manual
  • Pump cavitations
  • Riser tension variation
  • Failure in hydraulic power unit of cargo and ballast pumps (in case of hydraulic pumps)
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  • Failure in valves of cargo and ballast tanks
  • Failure in offloading system (BLS, hawser, hose reel, etc)
  • Failure in vacuum pressure valves of cargo tanks
  • Failures can be input to occur in any phase of the exercise
  • Failures can be input in any combination and time
  • Differences in real and calculated drafts
  • Failure in status of lights in control panels
  • Failure in valve position indicators
  • Override of valves and control buttons
  • Control of opening, closure and failure of manual valves
  • Valves left in wrong position
  • Mooring and subsea layouts
  • Stability and Hull Stresses
  • Failure in mooring lines
  • Drag of anchors
  • Wrong pre-tension of mooring lines and anchors
  • Damage and flooding of machinery spaces, pump room and wing tanks
  • Adjusting the flow of flooding in every compartment (tanks, void spaces in case of existence of piping inside voids, machinery spaces, pump room, etc)
  • Incorrect stability margins
  • Shuttle Tanker Operations and Offloading
  • Non planned weights transferring
  • Preparations for Tank Entry
  • Maintenance
  • Unexpected inclination
  • Environmental Protection, Safety Case & Hufids
  • Incorrect loading of tanks generating stresses over allowable limits
  • Unexpected variation in displacement