A simplified reliability assessment is carried out for a generic jacket at 200m water depth. The purpose is to indicate the sensitivity of the annual failure probability to the selected airgap and current design profile. Two example cases are considered. For one case the required airgap is defined by the 10−4 wave crest height, while for the other the required airgap is defined from the 10−2 wave crest height plus an uncertainty margin taken to be 10% of the crest height. For both cases, the required minimum design base shear capacities are determined both using the 10-year current profile (earlier practice at the Norwegian Continental Shelf) and the associated current profile (i.e. the current profile which when used in combination with the n-year wave height yields the n-year load). The investigation shown herein clearly demonstrates that the chosen airgap is a crucial parameter regarding the annual probability of structural failure. It is, furthermore, demonstrated that if a wave-deck impact is required in order to fail the structure (which will be the case for most jackets), the current modeling is not very important. However, if the structure is designed such that failure may occur for wave heights not reaching deck level (either due to a highly utilized design or a very generous initial airgap), the current modeling (both in terms of selected design profile and joint description of wave height and current speed) may be far more important.

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