Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO)

SBM Offshore is positioned at the top end of the FPSO market, focusing on the largest and most complex projects in this sector.  Since our first FPSO operation in 1976 for Shell, we have been involved in over 30 such projects worldwide.


With our extensive performance track record and in-house engineering, mooring and installation capabilities, along with our complete suite of technical standards that are pre-approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and updated annually, SBM Offshore offers full turnkey solutions to our clients.

Our new league of FPSO, the Generation 3, is designed for the ultra-deepwater pre-salt fields of Brazil. This FPSO has a significant increase in size and complexity of topsides and machinery shaft power.  The FPSOs Cidade de Paraty and Cidade de Ilhabela, installed offshore Brazil in 2013 and 2014 respectively, are perfect examples of this type of vessel.  Cidade de Ilhabela is the largest vessel in SBM Offshore’s fleet with respect to topsides complexity and throughput.  We have an additional two ultra-deepwater FPSOs currently under construction for production of the pre-salt fields off Brazil, and they will be moored in approximately 2,300 meters of water depth.  For the Gulf of Mexico, we are at present converting the Turritella vessel which, at 2,900m, will be the deepest-moored FPSO in the world.

Our fleet of leased and operated production vessels includes ten FPSOs, three FPSO vessels under construction, and one Semi-submersible MOPU.

Product Innovation

  • Process intensification
  • Reduced manning
  • Lower cost / reduced schedule
  • Equipment standardization
  • Hull optimization, life extension, new build hulls


Contact us: marketing-info [at] sbmoffshore [dot] com