Monday, November 29, 2010
Getting Your Dynamic Positioning (DP) License
Here you are, fresh out of the academy with your watch keeping ticket, & you are looking to get the additional DP endorsement. Or perhaps you have been at sea for 20 years & feel its time to try something new. Or maybe you can just see which way the wind is blowing.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Inertial DP Technology Assists
I recently wrote an article on the Future Of DP Systems but apparently left out an important technology; inertial navigation. These systems have long been in use by submarines and...
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Green Dynamic Positioning Technology
As positioning capabilities have been improved to the point where a vessel can now sit on a (virtual) dime, the focus now shifts towards refinement. Making vessels more efficient is not only the right thing to do for the environment, it also makes good business sense. As legislation continually moves towards stricter emission controls, companies that are taking the initiative now will remain ahead of the curve, staying competitive in the process.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Dynamic Positioning 101- Heading alteration and speed
This week we are going to look at a particular DP function, when using the Kongsberg system. Although it is a fairly simple point it is one that can still cause some confusion, even for some experienced operators.
That function is changing the ships heading while the center of rotation (COR) is is offset from the vessels center of gravity (CG).
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Joining a New Vessel as DPO
Joining a new vessel can be a very exciting time. There are new people to meet, tasks to complete & food to eat! You may already have experience with the type of work that vessel performs, or it may be completely new to you. Either way, it is up to you to become familiar with the ship and the onboard culture as quickly as possible.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Hierarchy of the Dive Team
Commercial Diving is a major component of life in the offshore industry, with divers performing much of the subsea work. To better understand how the dive team accomplishes what they...
What Jobs are Done with Dynamic Positioning? – Pt. 5
This serious operation has a large potential for disaster should something go wrong. Setting large suction piles or even an entire accomodation unit on top of a platfrom is a precision job that requires precise technology.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
What Jobs are Done with Dynamic Positioning?
What kind of work is done using Dynamic Positioning?
What started out as a technology designed to position drillships in deep water has trickled down through the offshore industry & can now be found installed on all types of vessels. It is being used today in capacities never imagined back when it was first invented. In this series we will take a look at how the technology is being utilized & some examples of ships on which it is installed.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
US Navy Oceanographic Survey Ship
ST Engineering announced today that its US shipyard, VT Halter Marine, has been awarded a contract worth US$87m to build an enhanced version of a T-AGS 60 Class oceanographic survey...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Acergy’s New Pipe Lay Vessel – Borealis
This new asset, currently being built at the Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore, is a Class 3 dynamic positioning vessel equipped with a 5,000T crane. Acergy plans to install a 1,000T J-Lay tower and state-of-the-art 600T S-Lay equipment. It will also be fitted with a range of support systems and construction equipment for worldwide deepwater and harsh environment operations.
2 New PSV’s for Siem Offshore
STX Europe has been awarded contracts with Siem Offshore for design and building of two Platform Supply Vessels. The vessels are designed by STX Europe in Ã…lesund and will be built at STX Europe in Brazil. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q2 2012 and Q2 2013. The total value of the contracts amounts to approximately NOK 900 million.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Rolls-Royce Thrusters for Ultra-Deepwater Ships
Since the upsurge in ordering of drillships, Rolls Royce has been successful in capturing nearly 90 per cent of contracts for thrusters for these high-specification vessels, which will use dynamic positioning to keep position while drilling in ultra deep waters.
Stenas’s DrillMAX Ice
Stena Drilling's decision to go into the Arctic was heavily influenced by the fact that oil prices were climbing higher and that new discoveries need to be made. Although the oil prices have since dropped, Stena Drilling is still confidently pursuing its multi-billion dollar Arctic strategy.