European Dynamic
Positioning Conference 4 February 2020, London

European Dynamic<br /> Positioning Conference

Programme

Driving innovation and best practice – the next generation

TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2020

08:00 Registration, coffee and networking

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

SESSION 1: DP MARKET INSIGHT AND CURRENT TRENDS & DRIVERS

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?

Capt Harry Verhoeven, 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?

10.05 Session Q&A

10.20 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

SESSION 2: 12 MONTHS ON – REGULATION, CERTIFICATION AND STANDARDISATION

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

11:00 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 

11:20 Session Q&A

11:25 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
Captain John Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute

12:20 Q&A

12:30 Networking lunch break in the exhibition area

SESSION 3: SKILLS AND TRAINING DP CREWS – MEETING COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

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.

14:20 Panel Debate Meeting the Needs of DPOs
A panel of owners and DP practitioners will discuss and debate key issues impacting the sector in today’s challenging market including:

  • Understanding the needs and concerns of DPOs
  • How can employers work with DPOs to meet market demands?
  • How have DPOs managed the transition to offshore wind work?

Panellists include:
Henry Foxworthy, SDPO, Helix Energy Solutions
Captain Áine Hyde, Master Mariner, Anglo-Eastern Offshore

14:40 Session Q&A

14:50 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area

SESSION 4: EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE SECTOR

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

15:50 Innovative DP Technologies – Sensors

  • Use of sensors for remote monitoring and condition analysis.
  • How sensors can enhance DP systems.
  • Review of recent trials.

16:10 Session Q&A

16:15 Closing remarks from the conference chairman

16:20 End of conference

18:00 Pre-registration, and welcome drinks for the Annual OSJ Conference, Awards & Exhibition
19:30 End of welcome drinks
20:00 End of pre-registration

*Programme subject to change/amendments.

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