Archives: March 2015

JOINT DP SAFETY ALERT ISSUED FOR GoM

March 20, 2015 6:17 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Continuing their post-Macondo/Deepwater Horizon symbiotic approach to regulating the offshore oil industry, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a joint Safety Alert in late February regarding a loss of station incident on a dynamically positioned (DP) offshore supply vessel (OSV) engaged in downhole operations on a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

GUIDANCE MARINE LOOKING AHEAD

March 18, 2015 6:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Howard Shatto, the father of Dynamic Positioning (DP) said that “there’s always more to be done” and that “technologies can always be improved” when discussing the future of DP – naturally, he was not wrong. Today the requirements, rules and regulations of dynamic positioning continues to change, sensor manufacturers have to be more proactive to meet the ever increasing demands of performance, quality and reliability. Whilst these are all of equal importance, Guidance Marine, the company that developed RadaScan and CyScan believes the message is simple, we are in the business of safety. The core principles of DP won’t change, the fundamentals of the system will remain, but technologies will advance. Whether it be laser or microwave, today’s sensor technologies work in synergy with the DP system and are integral to the safe navigation of offshore vessels worldwide. One thing is for sure, precision positioning is a science. A science which has seen Guidance launch three successful local position reference sensors into the DP market. Read the rest of this entry »

SOFTWARE BOOSTING HARDWARE

March 11, 2015 5:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Paramarine, QinetiQ’s ship and submersible design software, has been used by Mojo Maritime to design an offshore construction vessel for the marine renewables sector. The Hi Flo 4 (HF4) is a state-of-the-art, high-performance, dynamic positioning vessel capable of operating in extreme coastal and continental shelf environments, designed with the support of InnovateUK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board). Read the rest of this entry »