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Marine Terminals - SALM Buoys


SOFEC designed, constructed, and supervised installation of the first SALM terminal for strategic crude oil storage facility.

The MOOS terminal is a SALM system for crude oil import located approximately two miles offshore Mutsu in Northwest Honshu. The buoy is anchored to a pile-type mooring base with a single constantly tensioned 6-in. chain anchor leg. The chain leg assembly is isolated between universal joints at the lower end of the buoy and atop the fluid swivel. Two floating mooring hawsers are attached to quick release mooring couplers on the buoy. The MOOS SALM is equipped with a dual 24-in. hose system. Mutsu Ogawara Base was the first national petroleum stockpile base to be built as part of Japan's strategic oil storage facilities.

General Description
Location: Mutsu, Japan
Client Name: Japanese National Oil Corp. (JNOC)
Contract Awarded: June  1983
Installation Date: 1984
Application: Crude Oil Storage
Water Depth: 44m (146ft)
Tanker Size: 350,000 dwt
Region: Asia Pacific
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