The inclusion of dynamic positioning systems has become a standard and necessary system on supply boats and many crew/supply vessels. In their simplest form, dynamic positioning systems allow an offshore vessel to "moor" adjacent to a rig or platform without the traditional mooring lines being attached to structure or the use of anchors. Instead thrusters both in the bow and the stern keep the vessel on station. For a more precise definition of dynamic positioning, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) says, "The dynamic positioning system is a hydrodynamic system which controls or maintains the position and heading of a vessel by centralized manual control or by automatic response to the variations of the environmental conditions (wind speed, current, wave height) within the specified limits." The Oil Companies and DP The development of dynamic positioning systems and the use of them on every new supply vessel being built has a lot to do with the oil companies who own the structures being serviced by the vessels. These companies, with billion of dollars invested in their drilling and production equipment in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and elsewhere have insisted that the offshore vessel operators not tie up to their rigs and be able to transfer materials to the platform in advance sea states. The only practical was to way to affect this transfer is to use dynamic positioning systems.
The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) has announced the winners of the 2011 International Dynamic Positioning Excellence Awards. “The awards stand testimony to the skill, dedication, effort and commitment of people who strive to be the best," said Steven Jones, Executive Director of IDPOA. "We are about the DPOs, lecturers, leaders and mentors…these are the people driving DP excellence and these awards are for them.”
Tidewater has signed a letter of intent to purchase M/V Ace Navigator from the Sanko Steamship Co. of Tokyo, Japan for $22.5 million. Constructed in October 1999, Ace Navigator is a UT 745 design platform supply vessel that is able to work in both harsh weather and deep water. Measuring 275 ft. (83.8 m), the vessel is rated at 9,600-bhp with full dynamic positioning capabilities.
Latest round of simulator approvals includes DP and Ice Navigation Kongsberg Maritime is proud to announce that its Polaris Dynamic Positioning simulator is the first to achieve DNV approval to the stringent Class A standard. The leading simulator developer has also achieved DNV approval to Class A standards for its Bridge Operation simulator including class notification of DP, Ice Navigation, High Speed Craft and Tug simulation.
Mexico's Oceanografia S.A. de C.V. signs multi-million dollar contract with Kongsberg Maritime Simulation’s Mystic, CT, USA office for supply of maritme simulators. The contract is for the supply of a suite of offshore anchor handling, Dynamic Positioning, engine room and crane simulation systems, underpinning the main infrastructure for a new world-class offshore simulation training centre to be situated at Mexico’s primary offshore supply hub for the Gulf of Mexico
DNV GL says it has introduced a new recommended practice for the training of dynamic positioning (DP) operators. The new standard is based on the latest training and certification principles and defines the role that simulators can play in giving candidates better and more efficient training. Given the differing duration and frequency of DP operations, the recommended practice (RP) does not define a universal sea-time requirement expressed in days
Integrated vessel training to secure supply of highly skilled offshore crew. A state-of-the-art new training center outfitted with the latest Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator was opened by Ukrainian crewing company Lerus Ltd in Odessa on 3rd December 2012. Established to meet growing training demand in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and other European countries, the new Lerus Training Center is the first in the Ukraine to offer fully integrated offshore vessel
New software from GE’s Power Conversion business that enables its Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to save significant amounts of fuel and put less wear and tear on vessel propulsion equipment is on the shortlist to win an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award this year. A DP system holds a vessel in position without the aid of anchors, using only propellers, rudders and thrusters. “Energy Efficient Dynamic Positioning For Ships” was developed
Rolls-Royce says it has signed a contract with the shipyard group Vard for its latest DP3 dynamic positioning system to be installed on two new offshore construction vessels. The two vessels will be built at VARD Group, Langsten, Norway and delivered during the first half of 2015. Rolls-Royce will also supply engines, thrusters, propulsion systems, steering gears, and rudders. Rolls-Royce has already delivered many DP2 systems to VARD Group, across a range of ship designs.
Gladding-Hearn Delivers First Fast Response Boat in North America with Firefighting Capability and Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning System Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered the first multi-purpose, fast response pilot boat in North America with firefighting capabilities and equipped with Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning System. The vessel owner, Southeast Ocean Response Services, a sister company to the Charleston Branch Pilots Association
Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015. The Ocean Alliance is a U.S
Norwegian Cruise Line has selected a Rolls-Royce permanent magnet tunnel thruster to upgrade the propulsion package onboard cruise vessel Norwegian Epic. According to Rolls-Royce, the permanent magnet tunnel thruster offers numerous advantages over traditional tunnel thrusters
ABS has awarded approval in principle (AIP) for Hyundai Heavy Industries' next-generation HD12000 heavy duty, wide beam drillship design. The drillship, which can accommodate a 20,000-psi blowout preventer system, has been designed in full compliance with the ABS Guide for the
Dynamic positioning is a vessel capability provided by integration of a variety of individual systems and functions to automatically maintain a vessel’s position and heading by use of the vessel’s propellers and thrusters, and has been in use
The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and ClassNK have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to carry out joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.
GE’s Power Conversion business will provide dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems to equip the next generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500), currently under construction at the Detroit shipyard to the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda
Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system has been selected by the Swiss-based Allseas Group for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte.
Wärtsilä Corporation is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is a business sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment primarily focused on the commercial ship industry
French boat builder PIRIOU has delivered the 11th of its 53- by 10-meter Fast Supply and Intervention Vessels (FSIV) to Suisse Outremer AG, to be operated by ABC Maritime AG. Built at the PIRIOU yard in Vietnam, the Karol W was turned over to the owners in October 2014
The presidents of Georgia and Latvia open the Batumi State Maritime Academy renovated training center powered by the Transas simulators On November 27, 2014, President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and President of Latvia Andris Berzins visited Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) opened the
Otto Marine Limited sold an Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel to a renowned unrelated third party for US$100 million. DNV classed and Norwegian-designed, the VS491 21,000 bhp AHTS is a hybrid propulsion diesel electric driven vessel with dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) technology
Ferus Smit has received an order from Symphony Shipping to build and deliver two DP2 offshore dedicated versions, with two options, of the new ECOBOX design. The two ships are in addition to the six ECOBOX-MPVs presently being built by Ferus Smit for the same client.
Specialised shipbuilder Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured two contracts worth a total of about S$65 million. The first contract was awarded by Seaways International Pte. Ltd
Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)
The ISV Siem Moxie, an Ulstein SX 163 design not only has been deemed a “Great Ship” in our pages, it has also been awarded the “Offshore Renewables Awards 2014” and the “Innovation Awards” by an international panel. The Siem Moxie measures 242 x 55.7 ft