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Saturday, February 25, 2017

New DNV GL Standard Ensures Reliable DP Capability Assessments

Example of a Level 1 DP Capability plot representing intact as well as WCSF condition. Image: DNV GL

DNV GL presented its new standard for assessing the station keeping capability of DP (dynamic positioning) vessels at the European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London. The ability to assess and compare the position-keeping capability of a ship equipped with dynamic positioning technology is vital during the planning and design phases, and provides valuable operational decision support. The DNVGL-ST-0111 standard is the first to provide a unified approach to these assessments, ensuring verifiable results and increasing transparency in the market.

IMO Accepts IMCA Paper as Basis for Updating DP Guidelines

John Bradshaw, IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Eleni Antoniadou IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser appear on a screen at the IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkekeping (HTW4) (Photo: IMCA)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering the Guidelines for Training and Experience of Key DP Personnel as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738). The IMCA Guidance on the Training and Experience of Key Dynamic Positioning Personnel (IMCA M 117) has recently been revised and earlier this week IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW 4) agreed to revise MSC/Circ. 738 to reflect the revision.

New DP Simulator for Indonesian Training Center

K-Sim DP Manoeuvring Trainer – aft deck configuration (Photo: Kongsberg)

Jakarta, Indonesia-based maritime training center PT Azureus Simulator Asia has chosen KONGSBERG’s Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulators to help it meet significant growth in regional demand for offshore operational training. Due for delivery in June 2017, PT Azureus Simulator Asia is the first Indonesian training center to utilize KONGSBERG DP simulators. It joins a long list of South East Asia facilities enjoying the technical and pedagogical benefits of Kongsberg Digital’s simulation technology and operational partnership with the company.

Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

Photo: Incat Crowther

Oceanicasub V, the second of a pair of 43m Monohull Subsea Dive Support Vessels (SDSV), has been delivered for owner and operater Oceanica of Rio de Janeiro for charter by Petrobras. Oceanicasub V was constructed by Arpoador Shipyard in Guaruja’, Brazil. The design is the culmination of a close collaboration by the designer Incat Crowther, builder and operator. The RINA-classed vessel is equipped for a crew complement of 36 and features an array of dive support equipment including deck crane…

Nb. 434 to be christened ‘Symphony Provider

Symphony-Provider Photo Symphony Shipping

On Thursday the 9th of March, 11.00 hrs Nb. 434 will be christened as ‘Symphony Provider’. She is the second in a series of two ECOBOX DP2 vessels that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. As add-on compared to the already delivered ECOBOX design, these ships are equipped with a DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) system which keeps the vessel within an exact position or heading limits, even in the most severe wind and wave conditions. Main dimensions (Loa X B X T) 125 X 18.0 X 7.8 mtr. Propulsion system for DP2 operation with abt. ERN=92 performance.

NI Validates Singapore DP

The London headquartered, Dynamic Positioning Center in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Academy announced the validation of the newly opened dynamic positioning (DP) training school in Singapore by the Nautical Institute (NI), the professional association for qualified mariners. The Singapore Dynamic Positioning Center located adjacent to Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, opened it’s doors to students wishing to train as DP Operators in March following the signing of a co-operation agreement with the internationally recognized Singapore Maritime Academy which is part of the Singapore Polytechnic. Following a visit by the Nautical Institute earlier this month to verify the DP training center…

GE Introduces SeaLyte

Photo: GE

GE’s Marine Solutions brings the latest technology in vessel control and dynamic positioning (DP) systems, SeaLyte. The new solution complements GE’s bespoke SeaStream solutions, providing a structured and standardized package to better serve customers with smaller vessels for offshore support and merchant markets. Marine companies are facing increased cost pressure to get through the current market downcycle. In response to the challenge, GE’s SeaLyte offers a range of configurable product solutions.

IMCA DP Specialist Plans Busy Autumn

Ian GiddingsL Photo courtesy of IMCA

Marine Technical Adviser Ian Giddings has a busy autumn ahead of him as he will taking part in four events in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Houston; as well as being at the IMCA Annual Seminar, being held in Singapore (6-7 November, 2013) where he will be facilitating a workshop on DP incident reporting. Providing guidance on all aspects of dynamic positioning; technical reports and annual incident reports and analysis plays an important role in the work programme of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).

Norway Discusses the Future of DP

Representatives from Norway's shipbuilding industry gathered to discuss the advances in technology and the future requirements of the industry.

Representatives from Norway’s shipbuilding industry recently gathered in Ålesund for a Dynamic Positioning (DP) sensor technologies workshop held by Sonardyne International Ltd., Guidance Marine and Veripos. Vessel operators, shipyards, dynamic positioning suppliers and system integrators from across the region gathered to discover the latest advances in Position Monitoring Equipment (PME) and discuss the future requirements of the industry. The one day event consisted of presentations from each company…

Videotel Offers DP Course to Meet Industry Demand

Videotel Launches New Dynamic Positioning Course. Dynamic positioning (DP) is essential to an ever increasing number of maritime sectors. Today there are over 1,000 DP-capable vessels, and whilst the majority of them are operationally related to the exploration or exploitation of oil and gas reserves, DP is a technique used extensively in many other fields, including diving, ROV operations, survey and marine construction all over the world. In conjunction with C-MAR’s The Dynamic Positioning Centre…

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world. IMCA has published a report, IMCA M 229 ‘Mini RadaScan microwave radar sensor for dynamic positioning operations’ to provide an overview of the Mini RadaScan system. “Every measurement technology is bound by limitations (i.e. physics) and external factors (e.g.

Dual Accreditation for VSTEP DP Simulators

Photo: VSTEP

In a timespan of one month, three types of VSTEP Dynamic Positioning Simulators have been officially certified and accredited by the Nautical Institute and Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL) certification bodies. The accreditation means the new NAUTIS Dynamic Positioning simulators from VSTEP are fully certified and approved to be used for official DP training courses. The accredited Dynamic Positioning Simulators were based on different DP control types and included both Class A and Class B type DP simulators.

Louis Dreyfus Orders Wind Farm Vessel from Cemre

Image: LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs  Group (LDA) said it has ordered a wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) from Cemre shipyard in Turkey. The vessel will be delivered in Q4 2018 and chartered to DONG Energy Wind Power A/S for operations at four wind farms off the German coast (Borkum Riffgrund 1&2, Gode Wind 1&2). The vessel has been designed in cooperation with Salt Ship Design to enable technicians to perform maintenance on wind turbines. The ship has an accommodation capacity of a minimum of 60 technicians (in addition to the crew)…

Kongsberg Maritime Develops DP Solution for Construction Vessel

Dynamic Positioning and maneuvering solution to Pieter Schelte - Allseas' platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel that will be delivered in 2011. After the successful launch of Audacia in November 2007, Allseas is now fully committed to its next construction vessel - Pieter Schelte - which will take the pipe laying specialist into new territory by providing heavy lift and platform removal capability. With the Dutch company Imtech Marine & Offshore as contractor for the power and drive solution…

KONGSBERG Awarded IVCS Package for Nautilus Newbuild

Integrated Vessel Control System

Nautilus announces that the contract for the vessel integrated control system (including dynamic positioning and navigation systems) to be used on the Company's Production Support Vessel (PSV), has been awarded to Kongsberg Maritime, located in Norway. This is yet another key contract to be awarded by the shipyard, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited. Mike Johnston, Nautilus' CEO, commented, "we are delighted to have the global technology leader in this field, well known for its extensive portfolio of high performance products and solutions supplying the dynamic positioning…

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. 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…

ABS Updates DPS Reguirements

ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry,releases the 'ABS Guide for Dynamic Positioning Systems'. The publication is seen as a significant update to present classification requirements to reflect industry advancements in the use of dynamic positioning (DP) systems. “The use of DP systems has been expanded not only in terms of the number of vessels outfitted with the systems, but also in the increasing advancement of DP technologies,” says Vice President, Energy Project Development, Ken Richardson, noting that the vast majority of newbuild floating mobile offshore drilling units will have DP capability.

Kongsberg Maritime DP Pioneer Earns Award

The Marine Technology Society has honoured Kongsberg Maritime Dynamic Positioning veteran, Nils Albert Jenssen with a distinguished achievement award for his services to Dynamic Positioning. Nils Albert, who is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading engineering authorities on DP, received the award at the DP user seminar, organised by the society, in Houston, 24-25 September 2007. The Marine Technology Society is a highly respected non-profit organisation made up of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers and educators. "Nils Albert Jenssen has played a key role in the development of DP Software and control systems for almost thirty years. He has also been the driving force behind the evolution of the highly successful Kongsberg systems.

Baltika's DP and Autopilot Pass Ice Trials

Baltika icebreaking (Photo: Aker Arctic)

The dynamic positioning control system and autopilot onboard the icebreaking rescue and emergency vessel Baltika have been approved as meeting performance expectations, following a set of Arctic ice trials in the Kara Sea. Developed by Finnish company Aker Arctic Technology, Baltika is the first ship ever built with an asymmetric hull that allows her to break ice not only ahead and astern, but also at an oblique angle. In this way, the icebreaker can open a channel in ice whose width is disproportionate to the vessel’s relatively small size.

Kongsberg K-Walk for Olympic Orion MPSV

Kongsberg Maritime - K-Walk gangway concept Photo Kongsberg

Olympic Shipping has chosen Kongsberg Maritime’s new K-Walk integrated vessel gangway solution for installation aboard the Multipurpose Offshore Vessel (MPSV), Olympic Orion. Designed to significantly increase efficiency and safety for Walk-to-Work duties, K-Walk will be integrated with the advanced Kongsberg Information Management System (K-IMS) and the existing K-Pos Dynamic Positioning system on board Olympic Orion, which will be upgraded as part of the installation in the latter half of 2017.

Navis DP1 Systems for Nine Damen Crewboats

Finnish DP (dynamic positioning) systems supplier Navis Engineering has been contracted by Dutch integrator Alphatron Marine to supply nine DP1 systems for the innovative ‘Sea Axe Fast Crew Suppliers’, currently under construction at Damen Shipyards in Gorinchem. The nine vessels are part of a series of 14 Sea Axe Fast Crew Suppliers to incorporate Navis DP technology. Damen’s flexible multi-purpose design has been developed to optimise sea-going performance of the Fast Crew Suppliers so that the vessels can be deployed in a broad range of tasks, mostly as offshore support vessels. The NavDP4000 dynamic positioning system is part of the overall bridge package delivered by Alphatron Marine. The multi-command chair will permit vessel control from a seated position.

13 ULSTEIN X-CONNECT Systems Sold

Managing Director Gunnar Hide Photo Ulstein Group

Deliveries of alarm and monitoring systems (ULSTEIN AMS) for 13 tugs have been contracted to Ulstein Power & Control by US based MT. The systems are based on ULSTEIN X-CONNECT. The alarm monitoring is a part of Ulstein Power & Control’s expertise in integrated systems, while MT (Marine Technologies LLC) is a maritime expert in areas such as dynamic positioning and navigation systems. The bridge solution on the tugs has been developed by MT. The amounts of sensors and information available on the vessels increase rapidly…

Teekay Self-Propelled DP System En Route to Las Palmas

HiLoad DP aboard Navion Anglia: Photo courtesy of Teekay

'Navion Anglia' (pictured) has commenced the sea passage to Las Palmas with the HiLoad Dynamic Positioning No. 1 safely docked at her port side. Late 2012, Teekay Offshore announced an agreement to acquire this self-propelled dynamic positioning (DP) system that attaches to and keeps conventional tankers in position when loading from offshore installations. Now Teekay say that the HiLoad DP is safely docked to the 'Navion Anglia' and bound for operation at Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands.

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