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DP Operations Guidance

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This document, created by the Dynamic Positioning Committee of the Marine Technology Society (MTS), has been developed from regulations, codes, guidance, and industry practice existing at the time of publication, and its purpose is to aid in the safe management of DP operations. It is a compilation of existing guidance and practices acquired from sources in the industry. It refers to standards and guidance used within the industry and draws attention to them. It also incorporates additional information gleaned from experience and documents/standards not in the public domain. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing manual but rather focuses on a number of important DP operational themes, which, if effectively managed, will result in safer DP operations and a reduction in exposure to DP-related incidents. The guidance provided in this document is not directed at any particular category of DP operation or vessel. It is intended to apply to any DP operation undertaken by any type and class of DP vessel operating in support of offshore oil and gas activities. Examples include mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), ships, and construction and logistics vessels where dynamic positioning is used for or aids in reliable station keeping. Included is a list of reference documents that address DP-related themes, although, when viewed in isolation, existing referenced documents do not adequately identify all elements of safe DP operations.

Part 2 of this document, which contains DP operational guidance and consists of appendices covering DP MODUs, DP project/construction vessels, and DP logistics vessels, is being reviewed and finalized as this Journal issue goes to press. Readers can find the most current version of the full DP Operations Guidance document at the MTS website (

This publication was designed and intended as a resource for DP operations professionals. For any other use beyond personal, research, or educational purposes, please contact MTS. All rights reserved, © Marine Technology Society, Inc.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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