Wärtsilä Tests World’s First ‘Targetless’ DP Laser Sensor

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested what it says is the world’s first ‘targetless’ dynamic positioning (DP) laser sensor on board an offshore support vessel in the Caspian Sea. Unlike traditional DP systems, the state-of-the-art technology, known as the SceneScan system, requires no reflector target to be deployed, thereby increasing both safety … [Read more...]

Louisiana Maritime Instructor Charged with Selling Fake DP Training Certificates

A former Louisiana maritime instructor has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly accepting cash payments to fraudulently certify individuals on critical maritime infrastructure equipment for which they never actually completed training. The charges were handed down earlier this month in the Eastern District of Louisiana follow an investigation by U.S. Immigration … [Read more...]

SBX-1 SPOTD, The World’s Largest X-Band Radar

Today's Ship Photo Of The Day (SPOTD) show's the U.S. Navy's Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX-1) underway in the Pacific. Few are aware or familiar with this awesome ocean-going platform the US Navy Pacific Command has in its inventory. It is the largest X-Band Radar in the world, and it can travel anywhere on the oceans of the world at 8-9 knots and then remain on station … [Read more...]

WATCH: Float-Over Topside Installation Using Dynamic Positioning

This video shows the float-over installation of a 15,748 ton topside on an offshore facility off Malaysia using dynamic positioning and the Dockwise-managed heavy lift vessel HYSY 278. The operation was the 13th DP float-over for the marine management and consultancy company ADPS, which provides the DP expertise to the heavy lift vessels and their crew. According to the … [Read more...]

Dynamic Positioning Incident Results in Sheared Wellhead

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard have today issued a Joint Safety Alert in response to a dynamic positioning incident involving an Offshore Supply Support Vessel while conducting critical activities on the Outer Continental Shelf, resulting in the loss of position. Without going into detail on where and when the incident … [Read more...]