General Requirements, Design Criteria, the Environment, and Loads
This Standard specifies minimum requirements for and provides guidance on design principles, safety levels, and loads in connection with the design, construction, transportation, installation, and decommissioning of offshore structures.
This Standard is intended to cover all offshore structures and all parts of offshore structures (including the main deck and topside structures), whether they are of steel, reinforced concrete, composite, hybrid, or earth-filled construction. Although this Standard may be applied to floating offshore structures, it does not provide a complete set of design requirements for floating offshore structures. Users are strongly advised to seek additional guidance from publicly available international standards regarding the design of floating offshore structures.
(1) This Standard does not provide specific requirements for the operation, maintenance, service-life inspection, or repair of offshore structures.
(2) Mechanical and electrical equipment and any specialized equipment associated with offshore operations are not covered by this Standard except insofar as offshore structures must be able to safely sustain the loads imposed by the installation, housing, and operation of such equipment.