European Dynamic
Positioning Conference 6 February 2018, London

European Dynamic<br /> Positioning Conference


The 2018 programme will be available shortly.


07:30  Registration, coffee and networking

09:00  Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media


The opening presentation will set the scene by looking at how oil majors have responded to the low oil price and their expectations for DP operations

09.10     Maintaining safety standards and training of key DP operating personnel in a cost-effective environment
Alessandro Ciocchi, Group Offshore Director, V.Ships Group

09:30  Q&A


This session will provide information to help you comply with the latest regulations and meet certification requirements.

09:40  IMCA Update: IMO Circular 645 and IMCA M117

Revision of IMO Circular 645 – Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning systems

  • Why was a revision required?
  • What are the major differences?
  • Which vessels are affected and when will the guidance come into effect?

IMCA M117 – The training and experience of key DP personnel

  • Background and reason for revision
  • Identifying key DP personnel
  • Types of training
  • Continues Professional Development (CPD)

Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, IMCA - International Marine Contractors Association

10:10  Q&A

10:20  Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by MTU Friedrichshafen 

11:00  US DP regulation update

  • USCG regulations
  • Certification update
  • Being compliant – What is required

Kyle Eddings, Director, DP & Offshore Projects, Braemar Engineering

11:20  Q&A

11:30 The Nautical Institute update

  • The Nautical Institute dynamic positioning scheme update
  • Moving ahead:  The Nautical Institute’s responses to declining offshore activity
  • Transportability and flexibility of dynamic positioning qualifications
  • DP qualifications – reliability and relevance in a changing world
  • Accreditation, certification and recognition – what, why and how

Capt John Lloyd, Chief Operating Officer, The Nautical Institute

11:50  Q&A


Case studies on new work carried out looking at FMEAs, annual trials and safety.

12:00    Safety challenges in the offshore renewable industry

  • Dropped Objects in Offshore Renewables – being on the bottom of the pile
  • SIMOPS with CTVs, DP accommodation and Installation vessels
  • Bunker support to CTVs from DP support vessels
  • Communications on far offshore windfarm projects when cost control is important
  • Transfer of personnel to CTVs from DP Support vessels – do they need to have GWO climbing certification?

Philip Woodcock, General Manager, CSO, Workship Contractors

12:20  Q&A

12:30  New approaches to annual DP trials

  • Remote DP testing, the facts behind the success of the scheme
  • Methods of maintaining standards and verification of results obtained during remote DP testing
  • Safety & crew training, an invaluable by-product of the scheme

Peter Solvang, Managing Director, DP and Marine Assurance Norway

12:50  Q&A

13.00    Networking lunch break


Presentation of the latest and most advanced DP technologies.

14:10  New perspectives on closed bus-tie operations

  • Designing DP power systems for safe operation with closed busties
  • The importance of the ‘build to test’ philosophy
  • Understanding the burden of dependence on protective functions

Dr Steven Cargill, Group Technical Authority on DP, DNV GL

14:30  Q&A

14:40  New reference systems and sensor technologies

  • Reviewing key features and performance
  • How are new technologies enhancing accuracy and safety?

Tony Leary, CEO and CTO, Positioneering

15:00  Q&A

15:10  Networking coffee break and refreshments sponsored by MTU Friedrichshafen 

15:50  Wärtsilä dynamic positioning – Finding a new position in the market

  • Moving beyond the classic maintaining a simple position
  • How DP is expanding with not only new position capabilities but truly dynamic positioning for vessel manoeuvring  
  • Solidifying the relationship between DP and automatic ship controls and manoeuvring and the emerging markets

Michael C. Ford, VP Commercial Operations, Wärtsilä

16:10    Q&A

16:20  DP capability

  • Introducing the new standard for capability assessment
  • Motivating key benefits for the industry
  • Supporting tools, get started

Aleks Karlsen, Senior Principal Specialist - DP Systems, Section for Control Systems, DNV GL - Maritime
Luca Pivano, Principal Specialist DP Simulations, Marine Cybernetics Services, Offshore Class, DNV GL - Maritime

16:40  Q&A

16.50 The latest in precise point positioning
Mark Stevens, Director of Global Data Solutions, Oceaneering

17:10  Q&A

17.15  DP, data, digital and dollars - Adding value and reducing cost in marine

  • Making your data work for you
  • Smarter, more affordable controls
  • The digital ship

Nick Smith, Marine Systems Solutions Director, GE Marine Solutions

17.30     Q&A
17.35     Closing remarks from the chairman

17.40     End of conference

18:00 Pre-registration, and welcome drinks sponsored by MacGregor for the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference & Awards

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