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Complete Guide to Floating Hose [Marine Floating Hose]

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This is the complete guide to the floating hose.

In this overall guide, you can get everything basically important about the floating hose.

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What Is Floating Hose?

what is floating hose

A floating hose is a flexible pipeline used for transferring fluids between two locations, such as a floating production facility and an onshore facility or a tanker. Floating hoses are used in offshore operations where fixed pipelines are not feasible or cost-effective. These hoses are designed to float on the water surface, maintaining a constant connection between the two locations during the transfer process.

The floating hose is also named offshore loading discharge hose, marine floating hose, and is designed for water to reclaim, this marine floating hose is manufactured to meet the requirements of the modern dredging equipment and suitability for various conditions.

Crude oil transportation floating hose is an important channel for the transportation of crude oil from offshore facilities such as platforms, FPSO (floating production storage and offloading equipment), and jack-up oil production platforms (with oil storage and offloading functions).

When crude oil is exported, it is used to connect the oil terminal and the transshipment tanker, and it bears the heavy responsibility of the crude oil transportation artery. The structure is complex and the technical requirements are high.

So the marine floating hose has large market demand, and we can produce the top-rated marine hose to meet your requirements.


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Floating Slurry Hose

The floating slurry hose is designed with soft rubber material and used for dredging applications. And the floating dredging hose consists of slurry wear-resistant rubber as the inner layer, and there is a soft reinforcement layer in the middle to contain the internal pressure.

And the outer cover is made of synthetic rubber material, that can protect the whole dredging floating hose from UV, ozone, and external abrasions. The soft rubber material can make the floating hose soft and flexible, much easier to bend or close to the dredge.

Floating Hose Structure

Let’s see the floating hose structure:

floating hose structure
floating hose structure

The floating hose structure includes 3 parts, similar to the other hydraulic hoses.

  • Inner Tube: NBR and SBR.
  • Reinforcement: High tensile strength fabric
  • Outer Over: NBR

The marine floating hose is the long-term key equipment of the floating oil storage vessel (FPSO) onboard and export system. The crude oil and petroleum products used for transportation are indispensable and important equipment in the production and management of FPSO.

The Design of Floating Hose

A floating hose is a flexible pipeline that is designed to float on the surface of the water. It is typically used to transport crude oil and natural gas from offshore wells to processing facilities onshore. The structure of a floating hose is made up of several layers, each with a specific function. The following table provides an overview of the typical layers and their functions:

Inner LinerResistant to the product being transported
CarcassProvides reinforcement and helps the hose maintain its shape
Outer CoverResistant to abrasion and UV radiation
TapePrevents the cover from sticking to the buoyancy modules
Buoyancy ModulesProvides buoyancy to the hose
End FittingsConnects the hose to the offshore platform or processing facility

The inner liner is typically made from synthetic rubber or other materials that are resistant to the product being transported. The carcass layer is made up of layers of synthetic fabric or steel wires that provide reinforcement to the hose and help it maintain its shape. The outer cover is typically made from a material that is resistant to abrasion and UV radiation, such as polyurethane or polyethylene.

Tape is often used to wrap around the hose between the outer cover and the buoyancy modules. This tape prevents the cover from sticking to the buoyancy modules, which can reduce the hose’s buoyancy and affect its performance.

The buoyancy modules are typically made from closed-cell foam or other materials that provide buoyancy to the hose. The number and size of the buoyancy modules will depend on the weight of the hose and the depth at which it will be used.

End fittings are used to connect the hose to the offshore platform or processing facility. These fittings must be designed to be compatible with the hose material and to provide a secure and leak-free connection.

The structure of a floating hose is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment and to ensure the safe and efficient transport of offshore products.


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It is much more complicated to manufacture the floating hose, this is the detailed formula of the raw materials for making a floating hose.

  • 1. The inner lining is made of synthetic rubber, which is used as the inner fluid wall to prevent fluid from overflowing.
  • 2. The reinforcing layer is made of nylon cord, polyester cord, steel cord, and other materials to improve the tensile strength of the hose.
  • 3. The winding steel wire reinforcement layer is made of high-strength carbon steel wire to improve the integrity of the hose and ensure the hose’s negative pressure resistance.
  • 4. The floating layer is made of a microporous foamed floating material that does not absorb water, bends, and does not break so that the hose has a floating performance.
  • 5. The outer layer is made of synthetic rubber or polyurethane material that is resistant to aging, abrasion, oil, and seawater corrosion to protect the hose from damage.
  • The floating hose is covered by a layer of synthetic rubber material, and this outer cover is the floating media to make the hose floatable on the water.

The floating hose cover reinforcement is made of a Polyester cord. Here are two layers of the reinforcement, both made of Polyester cord, and also a layer of filling rubber inserted in the middle of the two layers of reinforcement. This way can add much more strength to the floating hose, making it much more stronger and durable, to get longer service life.

The inner tube of the floating hose is made of NBR material.

The material of the floating hose can’t absorb the water so that it can’t sink on the sea, or river.

What Is Floating Hose Used for?

marine floating hose
marine floating hose

The floating hose has wide applications, used in ports, docks, seawater, silt, sand, discharge floods, oil transportation, etc. It is especially suitable for large stormwater construction environments.

Floating hoses are widely used on all kinds of water basins, and marine. These are the most common applications of the floating hose. reloading of oil in ports, transfer of crude oil from an oil rig to a ship, dredging, etc.
Floating hoses are perfectly visible even in adverse weather conditions. They are made of foam that does not absorb water or sink in any operating conditions.

Floating Hose Applications

floating hose applications
floating hose applications

Floating hoses have various applications in the oil and gas industry, including:

Offshore Oil Production

Floating hoses are used in offshore oil production to transport crude oil and other fluids from the wellhead to the production platform. The hoses are flexible and can withstand harsh offshore environment, making them ideal for this application.

Offshore Gas Production

Floating hoses are also used in offshore gas production to transport natural gas from the wellhead to the production platform. The hoses are designed to withstand the high pressure and corrosive nature of natural gas.

Offshore Loading and Unloading

Floating hoses are used for the loading and unloading of crude oil, refined products, and chemicals between tankers and offshore storage facilities. The hoses provide flexibility and mobility to the loading and unloading process.

Offshore Transfer

Floating hoses are used for the transfer of fluids between offshore facilities, such as from a production platform to a storage facility. The hoses are designed to withstand rough sea conditions and can be customized to meet specific requirements.

Offshore Drilling

Floating hoses are used in offshore drilling to supply drilling mud from the rig to the wellbore. The hoses are flexible and can withstand the high pressure and abrasion associated with the drilling process.

Offshore Dredging

Floating hoses are used in offshore dredging to transport sediment from the seabed to the surface. The hoses are flexible and can withstand the abrasion associated with the dredging process.

Offshore Mining

Floating hoses are used in offshore mining to transport minerals and other materials from the seabed to the surface. The hoses are designed to withstand the harsh offshore environment and can be customized to meet specific requirements.

Floating hoses play a crucial role in the offshore oil and gas industry, providing a flexible and reliable means of transporting fluids and materials in the challenging offshore environment.


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Aim to Manufacture Top-rated Floating Hose

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floating hose production

To ensure industrial marine floating tail hose supply, each marine floating hose is strictly inspected to ensure high quality and to fully meet the customer’s performance requirements. Our floating hoses have been exported to over 20 countries in the world so we are confident in the quality.

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