Explore this topic

Overview of Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO)

A Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel is used in the oil & gas industry to process and store oil and other hydrocarbons gathered offshore. An FPSO might produce these hydrocarbons itself, or it may get them from subsea wells.

FPSOs are often converted oil tankers, where the ship has been equipped with hydroprocessing equipment above deck and hydrocarbon storage facilities below deck. The ship can also be equipped with mooring systems which allow it to stay in place if necessary. These vessels often have crude oil pumped into them via pipelines from subsea reservoirs for processing.

FPSO vessels are particularly useful because they allow for oil production even in incredibly remote locations, in which it would otherwise be impossible to process hydrocarbons. These processed hydrocarbons can then be easily transferred to a shuttle tanker, or even a pipeline, for easy transport to onshore facilities. Another huge benefit to FPSO vessels is their mobility. Once a reservoir has been depleted, they can be moved to a new location.

There are other types of floating systems aside from just FPSOs, including: Floating Storage and Offloading systems (FSOs), Floating Production Systems (FPSs), and Floating Storage Units (FSUs), each of which has it’s own uses.

Is this definition incomplete? You can help by contributing to it.

Share this Topic

Articles about Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO)
    News related to Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessels (FPSO)

      Inspectioneering Journal

      Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

      Company Directory

      Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

      Talent Solutions

      Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

      Case Studies

      Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

      Event Calendar

      Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

      Industry News

      Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.


      Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.


      Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.


      Downloadable eBooks, Asset Intelligence Reports, checklists, white papers, and more.


      Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

      Expert Interviews

      Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.