Dynamic Positioning: Theory & Practices - 2nd Edition
This publication is a guide to the theory and practices behind dynamic position (DP).
This guide covers the principles and procedures of dynamic positioning (DP). It focuses on topics such as:
- Planning and operations (including risk assessment, operation and contingency planning)
- missionspecific DP operations (including offshore support, pipe lay operations and heavy lift/crane operations).
The second edition has been fully revised and updated and includes a new chapter on DP incident investigation, as well as new sections on mission specific project planning.
This book bridges the knowledge gap between the users of dynamic positioning (DP) and the knowledge encapsulated in sources such as DP system manuals, onboard documentation, IMO publications, class society rules and regulations, IMCA guidelines and research papers. This book has been updated to MSC.1/Circ.1580 and its text is quoted in italics.
It is a challenge to deal with a subject as complex as DP and with features differing between systems. DP vessels vary in shape, size and role, with often very little in common in their operating procedures, eg a diving vessel and an FPSO. This book comprehensively explains the principles and procedures of DP for all users.
DP differs from other maritime activities and, in effect, is more akin to aviation where the reaction time is usually less and averting a disaster depends solely on the operator’s proficiency, training, team work and reliability of the DP system. The aviation industry has evolved over the years in terms of training and standard operating procedures; DP has a long way to go, but it is heartening to note that, in the past few years, it has made significant strides in the quality of training delivered.
In the recent past there have been a few high profile offshore accidents resulting in fatalities and damage to property and the environment. Education is vital in avoiding future incidents and I sincerely hope that this book will be a small step in bringing about this change.
In the second edition, a chapter on DP incident investigation has been added, an important function for SDPOs. The scope of Chapters 17–23 on mission-specific operations has been broadened to enable bespoke project planning. These chapters in Part V should be read in conjunction with chapters in Part I dealing with generic DP operations. I hope this edition will adequately meet the need of the complete spectrum of DP users.
Part I – Theory of Dynamic Positioning
1. Offshore Environment
2. Components of a DP System
4. Position Measurement
5. Principles of Dynamic Positioning
6. Position Keeping Capability
7. Guidelines for Vessels and Units with Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems (MSC.1/Circ.1580)
8. Risk Assessment
9. DP Operational Planning
10. DP Operation and Contingency Plan
Part III – Equipment
11. Position Reference Systems
13. Thruster System
Part IV – Surveys, Trials, Failures and Investigation
14. Surveys, Trials and Checks
16. DP Incident Investigation
Part V – Mission-specific DP Operations
17. Offshore Support Operations
19. Pipe Lay Operations
21. Shuttle Tanker and FPSO Operations
23. Offshore Drilling Operations
Guidance Relating to DP Operations
Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.
Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.
Captain KC Shukla
Captain KC Shukla is a visiting lecturer in DP at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Busan and MT–Marine Technologies Center, Singapore and provides support to DP Nautical Ltd, UK. He has worked on board diving support vessels and offshore oil fields and has experience in offshore maintenance and construction projects.
In 2008, he was invited to join the C-MAR Group as DP faculty, where he continued until 2016. During this period, he was actively involved in the improvement of the DP curriculum and authored the ‘DP Simulator Course Manual’ for the Group.
- Number of Pages:
- Binding Format:
- Book Height:
- 279 mm
- Book Width:
- 171 mm
- 1.2 kg
- Publication Date:
- October 2020
One of Best books , covering mostly all aspects of dynamic positioning vessels. Specially topics failures, emergencies and incidents and DP incident investigation are excellent and very valuable for officers working on DP vessels and new joiners inspiring to make career in offshore, DP vessels. Will recommend all DP officers , to get copy of book.
(Posted on 03/02/2021) The Second Edition of DP Theory & Practices is a most handy Guidebook for DP Operators and Shore Management. It encapsulates updates from IMO's Circular MSC 1580 of 2017 and Industry Guidance from IMCA and MTS. Topics like ASOG, CAMO and TAM, Planning and some Failures Modes are nicely covered. There are useful chapters on FMEA, Surveys, Trials and Incident Investigation Procedures. Among the highlights of the 2nd Edition are Chapters on OSV, Diving, Pipe Lay, Heavy Lift, Shuttle Tanker & FPSO, ROV, Dredging, Rock Dumping and Offshore Drilling Operations - all in one place. Once again, Witherby has published a DP Guidebook noteworthy for its excellent format and diagrams.