European Dynamic
Positioning Conference 5 February 2019, London

European Dynamic<br /> Positioning Conference


Details of the 2019 conference programme will be announced shortly. If you wish to be kept informed or take part as a speaker, sponsor, exhibitor or delegate please click here


09:00 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media


Fundamental update on market trends, developments and orderbook.

09.10 A Dynamic Positioning Perspective – Past, Present and Future

  • Status of the DP market before starting the down turn
  • Status of technology, regulations, industry guidelines and assessment criteria
  • Robustness of the DP systems and quality of risk assessments
  • Development of novel concepts such as DC distribution systems and Hybrid systems
  • Discussion on the knowledge and skills required to undertake risk analysis, maintenance and operation of DP systems
  • Training and skill development

Sen Abhayasinghe, Group Technical Authority DP Services, London Offshore Consultants

09:40 Q&A

09:50 Overview of DP Vessel Assurance from an Energy Major’s perspective

  • Top line concerns of energy majors - key concerns when looking at DP Offshore Support Vessels
  • Maritime vs offshore rules and regulations - minimum requirements vs best practice
  • Common issues shaping Offshore DP Vessel selection
  • Crew competence in the current environment - incident and failure management and recovery

Michael Cowlam, Technical Director, Seacroft Marine Consultants

10:20 Q&A

10:30 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area


This session will provide information to help you comply with key industry regulations.

11:10 IMCA Update

  • Operational Activity Planning – IMCA Guidance and IMO Requirements
  • IMCA Information note covering reactivation of a DP vessel
  • The accreditation of DP practitioners
  • DP station keeping event reporting during 2017

Capt Andy Goldsmith, Technical Adviser – Marine, IMCA

11:25 Q&A

11:30 The Nautical Institute update

  • Industry update on qualifications – recent trends and analysis
  • Professional development for DPOs in the offshore sector
  • New qualifications for non-traditional offshore activities

Capt John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute

11:45 Q&A

11:50 DNV GL Certification update

  • DNV GL DPO certification scheme
  • DNV GL Certificate Database for DP Operators
  • Lessons learnt

Torsten Schröder, SeaSkill Service Manager, DNV GL 

12:05 Q&A

12:10 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area

13:20 Dynamic positioning training in challenging times

Zaloa Sánchez Varela, Training and Quality Manager, Apave Mare

13:40 Q&A


A detailed look at vessel technologies and technical challenges.

13:50 Bringing a DP vessel out of layup: what are the issues?

Alessandro Ciocchi, Director V.Ships Offshore, V.Ships Monaco 

14:10 Q&A

14:20 Systematic approach to develop an optimised nozzle design for up to date and future demands

  • Nozzle optimisation technique
  • Market study
  • Design process
  • Integrated anode concept

Henning Frerichs, Sales Manager - Tug & Offshore Energy, Schottel

14:40 Q&A

14:50 ESS can reduce fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance on Offshore DP vessels

  • Ensuring crew safety and competence are maintained whatever the state of the market 

Halvard Hauso, Senior Vice President Business Development & Executive Key Account, Corvus Energy

15:10 Q&A

15:20 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area


Presentation of the latest and most advanced DP technologies.

16:00 CyScan AS – the next chapter for laser position reference sensors

Dr Sasha Heriot, Business Development Manager, Guidance Marine
Christoph R Grams, 2nd Officer, WINDEA La Cour

16:20 Q&A

16:30 How R&D secures marine operations and answers market challenges:

  • Better OPEX (power consumption, etc.)
  • Better Planifications & operational designs
  • Better Maintenance
  • Better Performances
  • Example of Shallow Water DP Jacking operations

Sofien Kerkeni, CEO, D-Ice Engineering

16:50 Q&A

17:00 Influence of thruster response time on DP capability by time-domain simulations and full-scale validation

Dr Dirk Jürgens, Vice President Research and Development, Voith Turbo

17:20 Q&A

17:30 DNV GL DP capability standard ST-0111 – experiences, challenges and updates one year from publishing

  • Industry challenges, experience from practical use and feedback on the new standard and the free web tool on My DNV GL
  • How to apply the standard 
  • Updates in the next revision
  • Updates in the web-tool and a live demo

Dr Luca Pivano, Principal Specialist DP Simulations, Marine Cybernetics Advisory, DNV GL 
Aleks Karlsen, Head of DP Section, DNV GL

17:50 Q&A

18:00 Closing remarks from the Chairman followed by pre-registration, and welcome drinks sponsored by MacGregor for the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference & Awards

19:30 End of welcome drinks 
20:00 End of pre-registration

*Programme subject to change / amendments


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