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.

November 29, 2010
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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...

November 19, 2010
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Gear Review – Kongsberg Maritime And The Future Of Dynamic Positioning Technology

It is not a secret that my favorite Dynamic Positioning Systems manufacturer is Kongsberg Maritime. Why? Because, despite the fact their DP Systems run off common windows based desktop computers,...

November 6, 2010
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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.

October 29, 2010
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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).

October 6, 2010
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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.

September 23, 2010
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Discoverer Americas – A 6th Generation Drillship Leaves the Gulf of Mexico

For Statoil and Transocean’s crew assigned to the Discoverer Americas, heading to Egypt had always been part of the long term plan, however in this case, the schedule got moved...

September 21, 2010
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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...

September 8, 2010
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What Jobs are Done with Dynamic Positioning? – Pt. 5

Heavy Lift 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.

September 8, 2010
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

What Jobs Are Done With Dynamic Positioning? – Pt. 4

Part 4 in our series continues on with a look at Dynamic Positioning and how it is used on more conventional, deep sea vessels. Make sure to look at Part...

September 5, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010

What Jobs Are Done With Dynamic Positioning? – Pt. 3

Moving on with our series; What Jobs Are Done With DP? Make sure to read Part 1 & Part 2 as well!  All comments are welcome. Pipe Lay Laying Pipe...

August 27, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

What Jobs Are Done With Dynamic Positioning? – Pt.2

Part 2 in our series about the jobs that are done with Dynamic Positioning Vessels.  You can view the first part of the series HERE. ROV Boats Another important task...

August 26, 2010
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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.

August 25, 2010
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reminder: IDPOA Seeks Nominations International Dynamic Positioning (DP) Excellence Awards

The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is inviting mariners from across the world to nominate their shining stars of the Dynamic Positioning sector in the first annual International Dynamic...

February 9, 2010
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Calling all DP Operator’s! IDPOA announces the first annual DP Awards

In Search of Excellence The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural International Dynamic Positioning (DP) Excellence Awards and invites mariners from...

February 2, 2010
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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...

December 23, 2009
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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.

December 17, 2009
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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.

December 17, 2009
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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.

December 10, 2009
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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.

December 10, 2009
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