Archives: January 2015
Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. Read the rest of this entry
Swiss-based Allseas Group’s Pieter Schelte, at 382 metres long and 124 metres wide the world’s largest offshore pipelay and platform installation vessel, has been equipped with a Sonardyne Ranger 2 USBL acoustic positioning system. It will be used as a high-precision independent reference facility for the vessel’s Kongsberg dynamic positioning system during structure installation or pipelay operations for which maintaining a steady position is crucial. Read the rest of this entry
The United States Coast Guard has expressed concern in its notice of proposed rulemaking that significant performance disparity among DP systems having the same equipment class rating because system configuration, operational, and maintenance decisions…and they want to safeguard against this. Making a (high) level playing field. Read the rest of this entry
All Offshore, a new company in the dynamic positioning (DP) world, founded by a highly regarded industry expert, has announced the launch of DPDesktime. This patent-pending system is the first to provide truly accurate logging of the actual hours carried out by DP operators (DPOs), as well as the conditions they experience. Read the rest of this entry
IDPOA is a proud supporter of the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy – Dynamic Positioning North America Course. Which is set to provide an industry guide to innovations in DP technologies – with an incredible line up of speakers and array of subjects being tackled.
Held on the 19 – 20 March 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Greenway Plaza, the event will help attendees learn about DP solutions and improve accuracy and safety of operations:
•Discover the latest innovations in redundancy and DP system design
•Receive updates on the guidelines for assessment of DP performance
•Compare and understand the different training schemes available for DPOs
•Gain insight into the application and management of human factors in DP operations
•Learn about conducting FMEAs and solutions to reduce DP failure
While attendees will also benefit from practical and interactive sessions with leading DP personalities. There will also be a Market Update, with the latest on regional DPO demand and market drivers for DP vessels, a Design Investigation as a selection of DP experts will discuss solutions and developments in DP systems. Learn about new safeguards and technologies being developed. Also Practical Simulation too as attendees examine the Onboard Training System “OTS”: could the use of augmented reality be a possible game changer for DPO and navigator training in the future? It will also be possible to participate in a live demonstration of next generation DPO training.
Perhaps one of the most innovative elements will be a Mind Mapping exercise examining what a DPO needs to know? Considering the essential skills and training for DPOs for safe and efficient DP system operation. Read more for speaker details and for link to gain massive discount on attendance…. Read the rest of this entry
A module containing technicians, and you have to use an airlock to get out of it to work in a challenging environment: an orbiting space station? Not quite, although the living and working conditions are similar… The module is on the deck of the Bourbon Evolution 806, for a new diving support mission off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Read the rest of this entry
Norwegian Cruise Line is to install the new Rolls-Royce permanent magnet tunnel thruster onboard Norwegian Epic to upgrade the ship’s current propulsion package. Read the rest of this entry