European Dynamic
Positioning Conference 4 February 2020, London

European Dynamic<br /> Positioning Conference


Driving innovation and best practice – the next generation


08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

09:00 Welcome address from the conference chairman
Dan Endersby, Manager, All Offshore


This session will provide a comprehensive assessment of today’s DP market, industry trends and drivers, developments in vessel design and a look towards the future.

09:05 The Future Direction of DP

  • Evolution of DP.
  • Standards, best practice and new technology – AI, automation and sensors.
  • The future of DP, what does it look like?

Kristian Ivar Øien, DP Product Advisor – Maritime Operations, Kongsberg Maritime

09.25 Market Outlook for DP Vessels

  • Current status of the market.
  • Trends and drivers.
  • DP rig utilisation.
  • Which market sectors will see a growth in the need for DP over the next months and years?

Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director – Special Ships, DNV GL

09:45 Innovative Developments in DP Vessel Design and Operation

  • What does the next generation DP vessel look like? 
  • What factors are driving changes in design, are all requirements being addressed?
  • How are alternative markets including offshore and decommissioning influencing design and operational requirements?

Thomas Olsvik, Senior Naval Architect, Conceptual Design Dept., Vard Design AS

10.05 Session Q&A

10.20 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by National Oilwell Varco


Representatives from the key associations will provide a review on recent industry trends and an update on accreditation and certification programmes.

11:00  The Sioborg/Statfjord A Incident, Collision Between Installation/ Platform Supply Vessel - Findings and Experience Sharing

  • Background/incident
  •  Corporate investigation
    - Process
    - Findings
  • Areas of improvement
    - System integration
    - Operations

Helge Såtendal, Principal Consultant Marine Operations, Equinor

11:20  IMCA DP Assurance Initiatives Over the Past 12 Months

  • Revised guidelines for developing and conducting DP annual trials programmes.
  • IMCA DP Station-keeping reporting scheme.
  • IMCA DP practitioner accreditation scheme.
  • Competence assurance through CPD.

Reza Yaghoobi, Technical Adviser - Marine, IMCA 

11:40 Session Q&A

11:45 Panel Debate Collaboration & Cooperation to Deliver ‘Safety at Sea' in DP Operations

Representatives from the industry and it's key associations will each give a brief update on their recent developments in DP operations.
This will be followed by an open session to discuss future collaboration to achieve common safety goals and debate how industry can work together more closely  for the good of the industry addressing challenges such as:

  • How they can work together to optimise maritime training to make the industry safer.
  •  Exploring opportunities provided by the complementary roles in DP of associations and Class in operational and validation of technology and operational interfaces.
  •  How technology development is influencing the DP sector.
  •  Opportunities and challenges linked to more automatic and autonomous operations.

Panellists include:
Arnstein Eknes, Segment Director – Special Ships, DNV GL
Andy Goldsmith, Marine Technical Advisor, IMCA
Faisal Rashid, Technical Advisor - Offshore, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
Captain John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute

12:20 Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area


This session will take a look at the developments in the training sector, how requirements are changing and adapting to meet market needs of today and the future.  Speakers will examine the status of the crewing market, strategies to address the skills shortages and the key issues impacting DPOs.

13:40 The Changing Nature of DP Training

  • Improving DP training to meet market needs.
  • What are the current training requirements?
  • Importance of CPD for DPOs.
  • How will technology evolution impact the way training is delivered?

Cinthya Lopes, Technical Manager, Simwave

14:00 Retaining and Maintaining DP Competency

  • Where are the skilled personnel?
  • Addressing the skills shortage – what needs to be done?
  • How to keep DP certificates valid and ensuring DP skills meet current requirements.
  • Ensuring freelance operators meet competency requirements.

Vicky Gren, Marine Superintendent, TechnipFMC

14:20 Session Q&A

14:25 Panel Debate Meeting the Needs of DPOs

  •  Challenges in revalidation of DP ticket
  • Stress in the workplace, recognising it and how to deal with it.
  • Difficulties expereinced by DPO/crews that have gone from non-operational to operational, the transition from zero to 100% fully operational
  • Being valued as a team member
  • Transition from diving (or other) to offshore windfarm work

Panellists include:
Henry Foxworthy, SDPO, Helix Energy Solutions
Captain Áine Hyde, Master Mariner, Anglo-Eastern Offshore
Vicky Gren, Marine Superintendent, TechnipFMC

14:50 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by National Oilwell Varco


A detailed review of technology development and innovation in the DP sector and how it is impacting vessel efficiencies and optimisation of operations.  Speakers will discuss advances in digitalisation and AI, sensor technology for remote monitoring and the use of batteries and hybrid technology to power DP systems.

15:20 Battery and Hybrid Technology as a Power for DP Systems

  • Review of the latest advances in battery technology.
  • What are the benefits of batteries on DP vessels?
  • Experiences and lessons learned from existing battery hybrid DP vessels in operation.

Mark Craig, President, OneStep Power

15:40 Operational Support by Controlling Ship Motions 

  • DP plough operations.
  • Plough operations in the ship motion control domain.
  • Strategy plough forces/moments implementation.
  • Results and conclusion.

Ehab El Amam, Consultant, RH Marine Netherlands

16:00 Innovative DP Technologies – Targetless Laser Sensors

  • Introduction
  • Application and benefits
  • Review of recent trials

David McKnight, Optical Technology Group Manager, Guidance Marine

16:20 Session Q&A

16:25  Closing remarks from the conference chairman and end of conference

16:45 - 18:15 BY INVITATION ONLY
Roundtable 1: Offshore Support Market: Crew Wage Cost Benchmarking
Led by Spinnaker Global/Seafarers Employers Association (S.E.A) 
Moderated by Phil Parry, Chairman, Spinnaker Global

Roundtable 2: Standardisation in the Offshore Renewable Energy Industry
Led by IMCA.
Moderated by Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media 

From 17:00 - 20:00 Pre-registration for the Annual OSJ Conference, Awards & Exhibition 
at Novotel London West Hotel, 1st floor Champagne Suite 

From 17:00 - 22:00 Welcome Drinks
at VesselsValue
, Lyric House, Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 0QL

*Programme subject to change/amendments.

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