This book is written for marine structural engineers and naval architects, as well as mechanical
engineers and civil engineers who work on struch~ral design. The preparation of the book is
motivated by extensive use of the finite element analysis and dynamidfatigue analysis, fast paced
advances in computer and information technology, and application of risk and reliability methods. 
As the professor of offshore structures at Stavanger University College, I developed this book for my 
teaching course TE 6076 “Offshore Structures” and TE6541 “Risk and Reliability Analysis of 
Offshore Structures” for M.Sc and Ph.D. students. This book has also been used in IBC/Clarion 
industry training courses on design and construction of floating production systems for engineers in 
As reliability-based limit-state design becomes popular in structural engineering, this book may also 
be a reference for structural engineers in other disciplines, such as buildings, bridges and spacecraft. 
My former supervisors should be thanked for their guidance and inspiration. These include: 
Executive Vice President Dr. Donald Liu at American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Professor Torgeir 
Moan at Norwegian University of Science and Technology 0P,rofessor Ro bert Bea and 
Professor Alaa Mansour at University of California at Berkeley, Prof. Preben Terndrup Pedersen at

This book is devoted to the modem theory for design and analysis of marine structures. The
term “marine structures” refers to ship and offshore structures. The objective of this book is to
summarize the latest developments of design codes, engineering practice and research into the
form of a book, focusing on applications of finite element analysis and riskheliability methods.
The calculation of wave loads and load combinations is the first step in marine structural
design. For structural design and analysis, a structural engineer needs to have basic concepts
of waves, motions and design loads. Extreme value analysis for dynamic systems is another
area that has gained substantial developments in the last decades. It is an important subject for
the determination of the design values for motions and strength analysis of floating structures,
risers, mooring systems and tendons for tension leg platforms.

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