These days Dynamic Positioning System Vessel or DP vessel / DP Ships are the Buzz thing with mariners. In this and subsequent Forum Posts We will try to talk not only about the Dynamic Positioning Vessel but also brief details about DP system,
Dynamic Positioning training,
dynamic positioning courses,
dynamic positioning operator,
dynamic positioning Companies,
Dynamic Positioning Officer and finally the
DP Courses in India.
For more information about Dynamic Positioning Training and Certification check http://www.nautinst.org/en/dynamic-positioning/index.cfm
Dynamic Positioning System is a system by which a Marine Ship maintains her position & heading.
Similarly Dynamic Tracking enables a DP vessel to maintain a particular track and heading. To maintain this position, head or precision manoeuvrings of the DP vessel sophisticated Computer systems are used. These Dynamic Positioning Systems control the propeller and the thruster of the DP Vessel.
These operations occur at sea where mooring or anchoring is not possible due to deep water, pipelines at the bottom or other technical problems and specialized ships in the form of DP Vessel are required.
We are not going into technical jargon but in simple terms the Dynamic Positioning Systems consists mainly of 3 systems
DP vessels do not refer to a particular type of ship as any ship can install DP equipments and get itself DP classed if it complies with the classification societies requirements.
Thus a shuttle tanker involved with cargo operation with FPSO may be DP Vessel - Shuttle tanker. This is the reason why Dynamic Positioning Jobs always specify the Operation in which the DP vessel is involved. The DP Vessels, for example can be involved in the following operations
A Dynamic Positioning Classed vessel means the vessel must have a DP class notation from a Classification Society and not simply be fitted with Dynamic Positioning equipment.
IMO has given guidance on DP equipment classification and redundancy requirements as follows