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Dynamic Positioning. Now in Croatia.

DP Simulator Training

Dynamic Positioning Introduction

Dynamic Positioning is a system that automatically controls a vessel to maintain her position and heading exclusively by means of active thrust. The Dynamic Positioning (DP) technology was born as a result of the increasing demands of the rapidly expanding oil and gas exploration industry in 60s and early 70s.

DP allows operations at sea where mooring or anchoring is not possible because of deep water, congestion on the sea bottom (pipelines, templates) or some other problems. DP may either be absolute in that the position is locked to a fixed point over the bottom, or relative to a moving object like another ship or an underwater vehicle. One may also position the ship at a favourable angle towards wind, waves and current, called weathervaning.

Oil and gas sector, first and foremost, but also industry, the military and the field of science are concerned by this process. For example, Dynamic Positioning makes it possible to carry out petroleum operations in almost all the oceans and seas in the world. It has enabled seabed exploration in water depths up to 7000 meters, and is used on gigantic semi-submersible platforms operating even as far as the arctic seas.

DP Usage

Dynamic Positioning is now a major facility, being routinely fitted in many new and established vessel types.

DP functions are in regular use in Drilling Rigs, Offshore Support Vessels, Floating Production Units, Survey Vessels, Anchor Handling Tugs, Cable Lay and Repair Vessels, Pipelay Barges, Crane Barges, Flotel Units, Shuttle Tankers and many more.

Why Training?

These vessels will frequently need to conduct operations of a safety-critical nature, i.e. close to platforms or other fixed structure.

In operations of this it is essential that the vessel is able to work to its maximum effciency, and this includes the competence of key personnel on board. In particular the bridge personnel, i.e. Watchkeeping Officers, and DP Operators, must be properly trained.