Large LNG terminals are designed to be installed in an offshore area approximate to harbors where the water is of finite depth and waves are multi-directional. The terminal can be of a barge type LNG/FRSU including accommodations, gas preconditioning and liquefied plant, a number of storage tanks and offloading facilities. It serves also as a support to moor a LNG carrier during offloading operations. In the design of such mooring system of LNG/FRSU and LNG carriers in a zone of shallow water, one key issue is the accurate simulation of low-frequency motions of the system to which the second-order wave loading is well known as the main source of excitation. The computation of second-order wave loading in multi-directional waves of finite waterdepth is considered here. New formulations obtained recently in [1] for the computation of second-order loads in mono-directional waves are extended to the case of multi-directional waves. Both the classical near-field formulation and the new middle-field formulation developed in [1] are used and numerical results are compared. Unlike the usual near-field formulation giving results of second-order loads with poor convergence, the middle-field formulation provides an accurate method for the computation of vertical components.

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