Mooring System Engineering for Offshore Structures

Mooring System Engineering for Offshore Structures

1st Edition - June 1, 2019

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  • Authors: Kai-Tung Ma, Yong Luo, Chi-Tat Thomas Kwan, Yongyan Wu
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185520
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185513

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The mooring system is a vital component of various floating facilities in the oil, gas, and renewables industries. However, there is a lack of comprehensive technical books dedicated to the subject. Mooring System Engineering for Offshore Structures is the first book delivering in-depth knowledge on all aspects of mooring systems, from design and analysis to installation, operation, maintenance and integrity management. The book gives beginners a solid look at the fundamentals involved during mooring designs with coverage on current standards and codes, mooring analysis and theories behind the analysis techniques. Advanced engineers can stay up-to-date through operation, integrity management, and practical examples provided. This book is recommended for students majoring in naval architecture, marine or ocean engineering, and allied disciplines in civil or mechanical engineering. Engineers and researchers in the offshore industry will benefit from the knowledge presented to understand the various types of mooring systems, their design, analysis, and operations.

Key Features

  • Understand the various types of mooring systems and the theories behind mooring analysis
  • Gain practical experience and lessons learned from worldwide case studies
  • Combine engineering fundamentals with practical applications to solve today’s offshore challenges


Offshore oil and gas engineers; ocean engineers; Graduate-level ocean engineering; naval architects; geotechnical engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Types of Mooring
    3. Environmental Loads
    4. Mooring Design
    5. Mooring Analysis
    6. Fatigue Analysis
    7. Model Test
    8. Anchor Selection
    9. Off-Vessel Components
    10. On-Vessel Equipment
    11. Installation
    12. Inspection and Maintenance
    13. Integrity Issues and Reliability
    14. Integrity Management
    15. Mooring for Renewable Energy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2019
  • Published: June 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128185520
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185513

About the Authors

Kai-Tung Ma

Dr. Kai-Tung (KT) Ma is a principal advisor at a major operator. He has previously worked for a few consulting firms, has published many papers and patents, and is a fellow of SNAME. He earned his PhD in naval architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an adjunct professor at National Taiwan University, and serves as chair and member for the API and ISO mooring committees, respectively.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Advisor, Mooring Engineering, Texas, USA

Yong Luo

Dr. Yong Luo is the founder and president of his own engineering service company that supports the offshore energy industry. He previously worked for several large offshore companies. Dr. Luo is a visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and Harbin Engineering University, China. He earned his PhD in ocean engineering from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Texas, USA

Chi-Tat Thomas Kwan

Dr. Thomas Kwan is a mooring consultant. He previously worked for a major operator for over 20 years. From 1982 to 2006, he served as chair for the API mooring committee, leading the development of API RP-2SK, API RP-2I, and ISO 19901-7. He earned his PhD in structural engineering from the University of Houston, United States.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mooring and Riser Consultant, Texas, USA

Yongyan Wu

Dr. Yongyan Wu is a senior principal naval architect at a major engineering company. He has published many technical papers and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He earned his PhD in ocean engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lead Mooring Engineer, Texas, USA

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  • BenjG Sun Dec 01 2019

    Excellent textbook for ocean engineering

    I am an engineer in a mooring installation company. I am also pursuing my PhD in Ocean Engineering. This book is very helpful for both my job and my PhD program. It covers broad topics besides mooring, but also offshore floater introduction (history, category, relevant codes, companies), environmental loads estimation, global performance, and etc. I highly recommend this book to students and engineers in ocean engineering.

  • Tim M. Wed Nov 06 2019

    Comprehensive knowledge, logical, informative

    This book provides most comprehensive knowledge about mooring systems. The book is very well organized, and each chapter fills with information useful for mooring professionals of various levels. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • RocioIsorna Mon Aug 12 2019

    Great lecture

    This book is perfect for a beginner, it has all the information needed to have a general understanding of mooring systems. As I work on renewables I would have loved to have more information about mooring for renewables, it only talks about FOWT systems, there is no information about mooring systems for floating tidal or WEC devices.