AskDefine | Define topsides

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  1. Plural of topside

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On an offshore oil platform, Topsides refers to the surface hardware installed. This includes the oil production plant, the accommodation block and the drilling rig. They are often modular in design and so can be changed out if necessary allowing expensive platforms to be more readily updated with newer technology.
On a boat, it is the part of the hull between the waterline and the deck.
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