Archives: February 2016


February 19, 2016 5:17 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is the first walk-to-work service operations vessel (SOV) being built by Damen Shipyards Group. The custom-designed vessel will be delivered to Bibby Marine Services.

The contract to build the SOV was awarded to Damen in January 2016. The vessel construction began with the steel-cutting ceremony in February 2016. Upon its delivery in mid-2017, the vessel will be deployed in offshore wind projects in the North Sea.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 design

The mono-hull vessel is based on Damen’s ASV 9020 design. It is designed to operate with maximum efficiency, while providing a high level of comfort for the crew.

The vessel will feature a long hull form to enable bow thruster integration. The V-shaped bow section will reduce slamming and improve the offshore operation of the bow thrusters. The V-shaped frames in the aft of the vessel and a concentration of volume in the centre of the hull will also result in a slender aft, ensuring comfortable stern to wave operations.

The vessel will have an overall length of 90m, moulded beam of 20m, moulded depth of 8m and summer draught of 6.3m. The deadweight of the vessel will be 2,400t.

Navigation and communication systems

Bibby WaveMaster 1 will be equipped with X-band and S-band navigation radars, an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), an area A3 global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), and a DP-2 dynamic positioning system with radar scan, laser and differential global position reference systems (DGPS) to accurately keep the ship on course.

Deck equipment and systems on Bibby WaveMaster 1

The service operations vessel will offer a deck area of 470m², which can accept a deck load of 600t with vertical centre of gravity (VCG) 1m above the deck.

The deck will be fitted with an electric-hydraulically operated anchor mooring winch with a rope drum and two warping heads, two electrically operated capstans with a hold force of 5t each, and a knuckle boom deck crane with a safe working load (SWL) of 5t. The crane will use active heave compensation (AHC) system.

The ship will feature a helicopter landing spot at forward bow section. The helicopter deck will support the operations of a single helicopter with a take-off weight of up to 12t. The Tuco Marine Pro zero 11m wind farm service boat is an optional daughter craft vessel.

Propulsion system

The diesel-electric propulsion will integrate two main 690V diesel engines and two 2,150kW electric motors driving two azimuth thrusters with fixed pitch propellers, and two 860kW fixed and one 860kW retractable bow thrusters.

“Upon its delivery in mid-2017, the vessel will be deployed in offshore wind projects in the North Sea.”

The vessel will have a normal speed of 13k and an economical speed of 12k at 4.80m draught. It will be capable of remaining at sea for a period of 30 days.

Auxiliary equipment will include four 6,434ekW main generator sets and a 238ekW emergency generator. The configuration of the diesel-electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives and a systematic wind profile will improve the fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Accommodation onboard the SOV

BibbyWaveMaster 1 will accommodate 15 crew members and 45 special personnel. The cabins will be furnished with internet, telephone and satellite television. It will also feature offices, a conference room, recreation day rooms, a reception room, a hospital, a drying room and a changing room.

The accommodation areas will be located amidships to minimise the vertical acceleration by approximately 15%.


February 17, 2016 5:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts


The ground-breaking ‘Onboard Training System’ (OTS), developed by recently acquired Kongsberg Maritime company SMSC, won the prestigious Dynamic Positioning Award at the Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards & Exhibition in London last week. The sophisticated system, which allows users to control a real vessel under DP, but within a simulated environment, was recognised by the award judges as a completely unique and positive new approach to Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) training.

A sophisticated system that allows users to control a real vessel under DP, but within a simulated environment. Photocredit: Knut Jarle Lysklett.

With the OTS concept, the vessel is controlled in a normal manner by a deck officer on the bridge, either by the use of manual controls or by the use of Dynamic Positioning (DP). The vessel’s motion and position in the virtual world is calculated based on input from the vessel’s navigational aids (minimum GPS and Gyro) and shown on a dedicated screen. While the vessel is actually in safe, open waters, the virtual world can contain imaginary objects and installations (such as rigs, buoys, piers, etc.) shown on the screen. Using this setup, the DP operator can simulate approach to a platform or other installations, docking the ship at any port, navigating in narrow and constricted waters, and various other operations.


Onboard Training System concept drawing. Illustration: Headspin Production

During training, the real DP system is live, so the vessel physically moves according to input, but the operator sees the results in the simulated visual scene. In this way, instructors can introduce any conditions or combination of targets, allowing them to create exercises that deliver real-life experience, with the flexibility to train on specific operations or areas of competence. The concept, which is already in use on several vessels, enables DPOs to understand how a vessel really responds to their commands, whilst interacting with virtual objects in a simulated environment, with the flexibility to introduce any tasks or conditions.


From the Offshore Support Journal Award ceremony. From left: Graham Harman, Operations Director Riviera Maritime Media – Knut Jarle Lysklett, Product Manager OTS, SMCS and Lars Einar Rosenhaug Bjørset, Global Customer Support, SMCS.

SMSC was nominated for the award by Simon Møkster Shipping, who co-developed this unique take on DP training and simulation to ensure high competence across its workforce. Nils A. Liaaen at Simon Møkster Shipping commented; “We place a great emphasis on safety onboard all of our ships, and we see the correlation between relevant training and improved skills of our personnel. We are particularly looking for three things; familiarisation with equipment and vessel, ‘flight time’ on DP, and practice on incidents like interruptions, system errors and so forth. We were keen to nominate SMSC for this award because the OTS meets these requirements with a very unique approach.”

Knut Jarle Lysklett, Project Manager OTS, SMSC added: “The OTS was up against strong competition on the shortlist so we are delighted to have been selected as the winner. The award reflects the depths of our collaboration with our existing clients; Simon Møkster Shipping, Solstad Shipping, Siem Offshore and GDF SUEZ, and the technical expertise of the SMSC team. As a new member of the Kongsberg Maritime family, we are looking forward to developing the OTS even further and contributing to the world-leading K-Sim simulator portfolio with new and unique solutions for offshore vessel training.”

The Annual Offshore Support Journal Awards, taking place on the evening of February 3rd 2016, is one of the most anticipated events in the offshore support calendar. Each year more than 500 attendees from all sectors of the offshore business gather in London to celebrate the industry’s best performances from the past year. The Dynamic Positioning Award is “awarded to the developer of an innovative product or DP system, or contractor responsible for an especially innovative application of DP on a project.” The winner is voted for by the readers of Offshore Support Journal through internet-based reconciliation ahead of the conference. Nearly 100,000 votes were cast across the award categories in total.


February 15, 2016 5:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

AI Offshore Excellence

The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is pleased to announce that it is the proud recipient of a major offshore industry award.

The Association has been named as “Best DPO Support Organisation” in the 2016 Offshore Excellence Awards.

The award recognises the commitment made by the organisation to bring the community together, to provide a voice and outlet and to promote the views of members within the industry. It also recognised and rewarded the 6degrees magazine which has become an important part of the offshore and DP landscape.

Thank you to all our members who support our work  – the award would not have been possible without your continued support and interaction.


February 12, 2016 5:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Technology can reduce the costs of operating dynamic positioning (DP) systems and thus operating costs for offshore vessels, drilling rigs and shuttle tankers. Vessel and rig owners at Riviera Maritime Media’s European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London this week discussed methods of driving down the costs in the sector. Read the rest of this entry »


February 3, 2016 5:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Following on from the end of 2015 launch of its new generation underwater positioning system, HiPAP 502, Kongsberg Maritime is introducing a new range of mini medium frequency subsea transponders. With a smaller form factor, improved operational functionality and design, and the use of modern materials the new cNODE MiniS family supersedes the KONGSBERG Mini SSBL transponders (MST) range, which was first available in 2002. Read the rest of this entry »