Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

A STAMP-based Approach to Reduce Oil Pipelines Risks Underwater

Ali Alhasani1,a, Mario Brito1,b, Simonov Kusi-Sarpong1,c and Maxwell Chipulu2

1Business School, University of Southampton, University Rd, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.

2Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, 9 Sighthill Ct, Edinburgh EH11 4BN, United Kingdom.


The oil and gas industry has been grappling with significant disruptions in subsea pipelines due to various mishaps, including leaks, ruptures, and explosions. These incidents have led to substantial financial losses and ecological damage. The sector is increasingly turning to maritime autonomous systems to oversee pipeline integrity and aid in the pipeline laying phase of oil and gas infrastructure. However, it's imperative to effectively control or manage the new risks that these technologies bring about.

This paper adopts a Systems Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP) approach to pinpoint the risks of employing a maritime autonomous system to bolster oil and gas operations.

The advantages of employing the STAMP approach for risk assessment of subsea oil pipelines encompass identifying the causes of human performance, component malfunctions, and organizational factors.

Keywords: Oil, Gas, Pipelines, Reduce, Risk, Accidents, Maritime, Underwater.

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