Visit to Samsung’s Koje shipyard (October 1998) The idea for a ‘Joint FPSO Research Forum’ was born out of the shared desire of many industry players for a means of communicating areas of technical challenge and participating in the development of targeted Joint Industry Studies. On 28 January 1998, the FPSO Integrity JIP Working Group Meeting decided to pursue this initiative and invited other companies to join the proposed open forum. A special hospitality party was organised for this purpose during OTC 1998 and hosted by ABS, Houston. Since then, the FPSO Research Forum has meet twice a year, in the midst of the so- called “JIP Week,” when the steering teams of a number of joint industy projects gather. During these open meetings, progress reports are given on several on-going FPSO JIPs such as ‘FPSO Integrity’ (MARIN), ‘Fatigue Capacity’ (DNV) and ‘LNG FPSO’ (Chevron). New proposals for JIPs are also identified and discussed. In addition, open discussion is fostered on technical issues facing the industry today. The forum is open to all in the industry (no press). The only requirement is participation must be both way – share experiences as well as take away learnings.