Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance

An Intensive 5-Day Online Training Course

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance

Manage Planned Maintenance & Effective Operation Process

Scheduled Dates

19 - 23 Feb 2024 Online $3,950
11 - 15 Nov 2024 Online $3,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

This Petroknowledge online training course will extensively provide participants with basic understanding of Dynamic Positioning and, technical maintenance online training to fulfill the requirements of the DP industry.

The Dynamic Positioning Maintenance online training course attendees will gain the acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning, be able to set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of the associated equipment maintenance, including the position reference systems. They will be able to recognize and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages.

The delegates will be supported with the best skills of operating and maintaining the ship’s systems such as the power supply, maneuvering facility and position reference systems. They will be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current and vessel movement.

This Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance online training course will highlight:

  • DP Capability Analysis
  • Thruster Reliability
  • DP Control System
  • Power Management & Distribution
  • Thrusters & Propulsion

What are the Goals?

By the end of this Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance online training course, participants will learn to:

  • Identify principles of DP
  • Describe the Redundancy Design
  • Manage DP Planned Maintenance
  • Practice DP System Technical Requirements
  • Demonstrate Alarms, Monitoring and Instrumentation
  • Examine Communications and DP Alert System
  • Analyze Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Revise Power Generation Management System
  • Examine Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS)
  • Inspect Fault Ride Through (FRT) Capability
  • Contrast DC Power Distribution Systems
  • Identify Thruster Capacity, Configuration & Auxiliary System
  • Practice Manual Position Control System
  • Inspect Position Reference System and Environment Sensor
  • Examine DP System Performance Test
  • Describe Enhanced System for DPS-2 and DPS-3
  • Manage DP Operation Documentation
  • Evaluate Wind and Current Force
  • Practice SKP Calculations
  • Apply DP Manning & Competence

Who is this Training Course for?

This Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance online training course is suitable for all personnel responsible for Operating & Maintaining the DP Vessels including:

  • DP Vessel’s Masters & Officers
  • DP Vessel’s Engineers
  • DP Electrical / Electronic Engineers
  • DP Maintenance Personnel
  • DP Operation Superintendents
  • DP Engineering Superintendents
  • DP FMEA On shore Team

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location

Organisational Impact

With professionals undertaking this Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance online training course, their organizations will derive the following benefits will be achieved as the delegates will:

  • Have knowledge of the principles of DP.
  • Have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems.
  • Have acquired an understanding of how to set up a DP system.
  • Be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, including power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems, and nature of work.
  • Be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current/tidal stream and vessel movement.
  • Be able to recognize the various alarm, warning, and information messages.
  • Greater investments because of increased credibility and better organizational prospects

Personal Impact

Professionals enrolling for this Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance online training course will derive the following benefits:

  • Complete knowledge and understanding of DP Operation Process
  • Greater confidence and information to Maintain the DP vessel’s equipment operational at all times
  • Enhancing Operations throughout the various environmental forces.
  • Ensuring a continuous, steady and satisfactory Dynamic Position
  • Recognizing of required standards and benchmarks and ensuring that the DP operation and equipment maintenance adheres to these standards
  • Gaining skills and increasing capabilities to undertake opportunities for higher roles and responsibilities.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction to the Dynamic Positioning System and Dynamic Positioning System Design

  • DP History & Principles
  • Classification Notation
  • Equipment and Dynamic Positioning System
  • Redundancy Design
  • Performance and Operation
  • Documentation
    • Dynamic Positioning System
    • Power System
    • Thruster System
    • DP Control System
  • DP Manning & Competence
  • DP Planned Maintenance
  • DP System Technical Requirements
    • Basic Requirements
    • Redundancy Design
    • Physical Separation
    • DP System Equipment Requirements
    • Station Keeping Performance
  • Essential Non-DP Systems
    • Emergency Shutdown System and DP Redundancy
    • Fire Protection
    • Fuel Quick Closing Valves
  • Alarms, Monitoring and Instrumentation
  • Communications and DP Alert System
    • Communications
    • DP Alert System
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
    • FMEA Report
    • DP Operations Manual.

Day Two: DP Power System and Thruster System

  • Power Generation System
    • Vessels with DPS-1 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-2 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-3 Notation
  • Power Distribution
    • Vessels with DPS-2 or DPS-3 Notations
  • Power Management System
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS)
  • Energy Storage Systems Supporting Dynamic Positioning Operations
    • Considerations when Installing Energy Storage Systems
  • Fault Ride Through (FRT) Capability
    • Pre-requisites for a live FRT capability test
    • Live Test Requirements
  • DC Power Distribution Systems
    • Control Power Supplies & Battery Systems
    • DC Power Generation and Distribution System
  • Thruster Capacity, Thruster Configuration & Thruster Auxiliary System
  • Thruster Control
    • Control Parameter
    • Manual Thruster Control
    • Emergency Stop
  • Thruster Monitoring and Alarm

Day Three: DP Control System & Auxiliary Systems (applies to DPS-2 and DPS-3) 

  • DP Control Station
    • Arrangement of DP Control Station
    • Arrangement of DP Control Systems
    • Arrangement of Control Panels
    • Arrangement of Data Communication Networks
  • DP Control System
    • External Force
    • Vessels with DPS-2 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-3 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-1+, DPS-2+ or DPS-3+ Notation
  • Manual Position Control System
  • Control Mode Selection
    • Manual/DP Control Modes
    • Main/Backup Control Station
  • Position Reference System and Environment Sensor
    • Vessels with DPS-0 or DPS-1 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-2 Notation
    • Vessels with DPS-3 Notation
    • Signal Processing
  • Consequence Analysis (For DPS-2 and DPS-3)
  • Display and Monitoring
  • Fuel Oil, Cooling Water, Compressed Air
  • Lubrication Oil Systems
  • HVAC and Ventilation
  • Piping & Pneumatic Systems
  • Power Supply to Auxiliary Systems

Day Four: DP System Tests & DP Enhanced System

  • DP System Performance Test
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS)
    • Position Reference Systems and Sensors
    • Manual Position Control System
    • Manual Thruster Control System
    • Thruster Emergency Stop
    • DP Control System
    • Control and Alarms
    • Standby Changeover
    • Protection Function
    • Communication
    • DP Endurance Test
  • FMEA Proving Trial for DPS-2 or DPS-3
  • Surveys After Construction
  • Enhanced System for DPS-2 and DPS-3
    • Enhanced Electrical System (EHS-E)
    • Enhanced Power and Thruster System (EHS-P)
    • Control System (EHS-C)
    • Fire and Flood Protection (EHS-F)
  • Summary of System Requirements for Enhanced System Notations
  • Closed Bus and Standby Redundancy
    • Closed Bus Operation
    • Standby Start
    • FMEA and Testing
  • Documentation
    • Summary of EHS Notations Table

Day Five: DP Station Keeping Performance & Specific DP Vessel Types

  • Environmental Conditions
    • Wind
    • Wave and Wave Spectrum
    • Current
    • Environments for SKP (a,b,c,d,e,f) Notation
    • Environments for SKP Notation
  • Analysis Conditions
    • DP System Configurations
    • Operating Conditions
  • Environmental Load Calculation
    • Wind and Current Force
    • Wave Force
  • Other External Loads
  • Available Thrust
    • Available Thrust for Thrusters
    • Thruster-Thruster Interaction
    • Thruster-Hull Interaction
    • Thruster-Current Interaction
    • Tunnel Thruster
  • Rudder Forces
  • SKP Calculations
    • SKP Notation
    • SKP (a,b,c,d,e,f) Notation
  • Documentation
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
    • Basic Design Criteria for DP System
    • Position Reference Systems and Sensors
    • Effect of Drilling Loads
    • Vessel Operating Condition
    • Emergency Shutdown System
    • Emergency Disconnect System
    • Maintenance Plan
  • Project or Construction Vessels.
    • Basic Design Criteria for DP System
    • Operation Configuration
    • Position Reference Systems and Sensors
    • Maintenance Plan
  • Logistics Vessels
    • Operation Mode
  • Articulated Tug-Barge Combinations
    • Tug Barge Arrangement
    • Barge
    • Surveys
  • Integrated Software Quality Management for DP System


  • On successful completion of this online training course, a PetroKnowledge E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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