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Feature: Dynamic Positioning An Amenity Becomes Compulsory

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.


IDPOA Announces 2011 Award Winners

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 To Purchase Platform Supply Vessel

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.


Kongsberg DP Simulator Achieves DNV Approval

Photo courtesy Saltwater PR

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.


Offshore Vessel Simulator Orders For Kongsberg

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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 Boost Role of DP Training Simulators

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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


Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator Expands Training

Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator at Lerus Training Center.

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


GE Dynamic Positioning in the Running for IET Award

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 to Supply DP3 Systems to New Farstad OCV's

Integrated bridge image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

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 Fast Response Boat

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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


Partnership Offers Offshore Weather Monitoring

Image courtesy of Deep Sea Mooring

StormGeo and Deep Sea Mooring have signed an agreement to provide notifications of weather-related movements of floating offshore units and vessels undertaking complex marine operations. The service, which aims to help customers save money and time while enhancing planning and safety standards


ZF Marine Debuts ZF W10000 Transmission

ZF Marine’s André Körner, during its introduction at SMM 2014.

ZF Marine Propulsion kicked off day 1 of SMM 2014 in Hamburg by introducing the new workboat transmission family – ZF W 10000 – enhancing the range of ToughGear series transmissions. The new family is designed specifically for the commercial craft segment


Wärtsilä’s New CPP System

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At SMM Wärtsilä introduced its latest development of large Controllable Pitch (CP) Propellers, based on the previously known E-hub type. The new Wärtsilä CP propeller system addresses the demands of medium and large size vessel owners


COSL Takes Delivery of New Semisub

COSL’s deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSL Prospector delivered

  China Oilfield Services Limited saw successful delivery of the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig COSLProspector it invested in and commissioned to build in Yantai, Shandong today. This rig has adopted the latest marine engineering design concepts in the world and has mets the


Navantia Orders Sedni IAS for PEMEX Flotel

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Sedni secures an important contract with Navantia to supply its Automation System (IAS) Diamar for the flotel vessel (BAP) which is being built at Ferrol factory for PEMEX owner. Navantia has selected Sedni technology for this project. Its big flexibility on integration satisfies Navantia


Cummins Auxiliaries for New Offshore Vessel

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Reliable auxiliary power is as important to a modern offshore vessel as are the main propulsion engines. Ample and reliable electrical power is essential to the basic support systems from the galley appliances to the wheelhouse navigational devices. The Ms


Waterjets Manufacturing Comes Stateside

Thrustmaster founder, president and CEO Joe Bekker (middle) seals the deal to bring waterjet manufacture to Texas.

Thrustmaster’s deal with DOEN brings waterjet manufacturing to the United States.   Marine propulsion and thruster manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. announced a deal earlier this year to acquire the technology of DOEN, an Australian designer and manufacturer of waterjet


World's Largest Fast Crew Boat Powered by HamiltonJets

70m Crewboat with 4 HamiltonJet HT900 waterjets

The world’s largest Fast Crew Boat has recently been launched by Incat Tasmania’s shipyard on the 15th of September 2014.   This DP2 class 70m Fast Crew Boat (FCB) will be operating as a fast crew transfer vessel to various installations in the Caspian Sea and has a semi-SWATH


MOL Merges Group Companies; Upgrades Bridge Simulator

MOL Bridge Simulator after upgrade (Image: MOL)

MOL adds DPS and enhances safe operation by integrating expertise through merger Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the merger of MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. (MOLMC) and MOL Cable Ship Ltd. effective October 1, 2014. The new company, called MOL Marine Co., Ltd


Water-cooled WGM Motors From WEG

Water-cooled WGM motors are particularly suitable for marine applications with harsh operating conditions and constrained spaces, the manufacturer said.

WEG, a supplier of drive technology, introduced its water-cooled WGM motors to the shipbuilding industry for the first time at SMM 2014. The WGM water-cooled induction motors are compact, offer low noise emissions, provide optimal heat dissipation and are suitable for frequency inverter


Fast Repsonse Boat Sports Innovative Volvo Penta Power

Photo Credit: Peter Boyce Hunt Design

First Commercial Vessel in North America with Triple IPS and Dynamic Positioning Fort Ripley, a new offshore emergency response craft now entering service in Charleston, S.C., is reported to be the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS drives.


Crowley Christens New Ocean Class Tugboat

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Crowley christens new ocean class, DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun, in Louisiana As part of the company's new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, today in Lake Charles


Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for


L-3 MSI Supplies Navigation for the Oasis Class

Oasis of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation system, including an integrated dynamic positioning system, for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Oasis class


OSV 'Test Lab' Targets Safety and Efficiency Gains

The Viking Lady operates in the North Sea and is a full-scale test laboratory (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

At the Greener Shipping Summit – Ships of the Future conference held in Athens yesterday, Dr. Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV GL Strategic Research & Innovation in Greece, showed how the Viking Lady, an offshore supply vessel (OSV) in daily operation in the North Sea and full-scale test






 
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