Welcome to the website of the Umbilical
Manufacturers’ Federation (UMF)
The UMF was founded in January 2001 with the objective of promoting the benefits of umbilical products for the offshore oil and gas industry. The organisation seeks to build and improve upon the established high levels of quality, reliability and safety of umbilical products.
This is achieved via engagement with material suppliers, international specification bodies, system designers, installers, operators, and other interested parties. The joint interests of the Member Companies are the maintenance of the reputation of umbilical products in the industry and to ensure such products are manufactured in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. It also seeks to provide system designers and end users with guidance notes in respect of such products.
The UMF is also proactive in engagement with the industry by means of workshops and joint industry projects. The UMF aims to be an association of benefit both for its members and for the users of its products. As such, the UMF will not engage in any activity that may limit existing or future competition between its member companies, and/or between one or more members and other participants in the market.
Umbilical manufacturers wishing to apply for membership of the UMF should do so by submitting a request using the Contact section of this website.
What is an Umbilical ?
An umbilical is basically a composite cable used by the offshore oil and gas industry for linking the various elements of subsea oil and gas production systems or in support of intervention or construction activities.
The umbilical may contain steel tubes, thermoplastic hoses, electrical power and/or signal cores, and optical fibres, otherwise known collectively as functional components. A sub-sea production umbilical forms a critical link between the production system and host facility conveying hydraulic power, process chemicals, and electrical power and signals to oil and gas production or water injection centres.
An umbilical may be many kilometres in length and must be highly reliable in the subsea environment where recovery and repair may not be possible or may prove extremely costly. Shorter length umbilicals are also used to facilitate connection between subsea structures and to facilitate offshore installation activities and to control the pressure retaining systems during drilling of wells and well workover activities.
- UMF Operator Meeting MORE
- UMF Guidance Note : Standard template for umbilical installation parameters MORE
- UMF Guidance Note : Umbilical Storage Guidelines MORE