2018 ABU DHABI WORKSHOP

PREMIER MTS DP WORKSHOP IN UAE 13th  AND 14th  MAY 2018 WORKSHOP SPONSORS – GULF MARINE SERVICES & MARINE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY
The premier MTS DP COMMITTEE facilitated workshop event in UAE will be conducted on 13th and 14th of May at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE. This workshop will follow the familiar pattern of the MTS DP conference workshops conducted in Houston on the day preceding the Annual MTS DP Conference. Workshops such as this are seen as adding value to the DP community. This view is reflected in the increasing number of requests, to the MTS DP Committee, to conduct similar workshops in other areas around the world such as those held in Aberdeen UK, Macae and Singapore.

SPONSORS
Gulf Marine Services (GMS) are hosting the event in Abu Dhabi whilst MTS are providing all necessary resources for making the workshop possible. The attendees are invited to support the workshop with their generous sponsorships, details are available from the GMS Event Manager.

ABOUT THE MTS DP Committee
The MTS DP Committee is a subcommittee of the Marine Technology Society, a non-profit 503C organization. The DP Committee was established in 1996 with its stated mission being to encourage exchange of information, discussion of technology, training and education, foster improvement of DP reliability, develop guidelines, and address any other issues pertinent to dynamic positioning that facilitate incident free execution of DP operations.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Dynamic Positioning continues to be an evolving science characterized by product innovations, advancing technology, diversified applications, new standards, challenges and solutions. The MTS Dynamic Positioning Workshop provides DP professionals with the opportunity to meet and participate in discussions related to latest technology, applications and changes affecting Dynamic Positioning. The workshop provides a venue for the sharing of knowledge, experience, and lessons learned.

This is a must-attend event for all professionals actively involved in DP or interested in gaining a better understanding of this continually advancing science. The workshop provides value to all DP professionals, including designers, engineers, DP operators, support staff, consultants, class societies, government organizations and regulatory agencies, and DP vessel managers and owners.

The workshop will be facilitated by honored representatives of Marine Technology Society, Suman Muddusetti, Chairman of MTS DP Subcommittee on Guidance and Standards, and Dr. Steven Cargill, member of the MTS DP Subcommittee on Guidance and Standards.

REGISTRATION
Registration is free and needs to be completed by May 10, 2018. It includes technical sessions with materials, lunch both days, morning receptions and coffee breaks.

Attendance at this workshop is limited to 30 persons (Limit 2 per company – Exceptions if any to be agreed by GMS Event Manager). Registration for this workshop will be managed by: –

  • Rowena Asis – rowena.asis@gmsuae.com, +971 2 5028824, +971 50 4434867
  • Viktor Fedorchenko – fedorchenko@gmsuae.com, +971 56 4121859 Please register early by sending an email reply to both email addresses listed above.

 

LOCATION
The workshop will be held at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The hotel is located at the gateway to the capital city of UAE, with unrivaled views of a design masterpiece – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Abu Dhabi city in general. Accommodation is available at a discounted corporate rate provided to GMS, details are available from the GMS Event Manager.

THE WORKSHOP
WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: SUMAN MUDDUSETTI (CHAIRMAN MTS DP SUBCOMMITTEE ON GUIDANCE AND STANDARDS – SHELL INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION)

WORKSHOP CO-FACILITATOR: DR STEVEN CARGILL (MEMBER MTS DP SUBCOMMITTEE ON GUIDANCE AND STANDARDS – DNVGL NDms TECHNICAL AUTHORITY FOR DP)

The topics for 2018 workshop were chosen by the sponsors for their significance and relevance to activities being carried out offshore UAE.

This workshop will focus on enhancing awareness of DP related issues associated with the chosen topics and the steps that can be taken to address these issues. It will also focus on means to enhance value and effectiveness in the management of DP operations across the Supply Chain.

Applicability: Those likely to benefit from the workshop include:

  • Representatives from Vessel Owners / Contractors’ Project Teams, Technical Departments (with accountability for specifying DP Equipment, FMEAs, providing technical support for operations, Managing Operations).
  • Vessel’s Operational Management teams (Masters, Chief Engineers, Chief Electricians & DPOs).
  • Representatives from Oil Companies / Operators with accountability for chartering of and assurance on DP related
  • Representatives responsible for training personnel/stakeholders engaged in DP operations. (not limited to DPO training).
  • Consultant community (Independent 3rd Party Assurance and providing technical and operational support to Charterers and Vessel Managers)
  • Representatives from Class responsible for approval of DP systems
  • Representatives from Statutory Bodies (Flag State / Coastal State)
  • Representatives from Shipyards, Key DP equipment vendors

The format of the workshop will follow that used at the MTS DP CONFERENCE in Houston. Participants work in small groups of 6 to 8 persons per table. Coaching and mentoring will be provided to the participants to allow them to be effective and achieve the stated objectives. Results and conclusions from the workshop will be summarized and presented to the MTS DP Technical Committee and to the sponsors.

The workshop will focus on enhancing awareness of issues and steps that can be taken to address the same and means to enhance the value of managing DP operations effectively across the Supply Chain. Additionally, the workshop will provide a venue for the participants to gain awareness of the Technical and Operations guidance (TECHOPs) published by the MTS DP COMMITTEE.


TOPICS AND AGENDA

DAY 1

MORNING SESSION (0800~1200): DP FMEAs, ANNUAL TRIALS AND PROVING TRIALS
This session focusses on deriving real value from activities which are often viewed only from a compliance perspective.

This session focuses on:

  • What is frequently overlooked in poor quality FMEAs?
  • Linking your DP FMEA to your Annual DP trials
  • Beyond Tradition – Introducing science to annual DP trials
  • Leveraging IMCA M190 and MTS Techops

LUNCH BREAK: (1200~1300)

AFTERNOON SESSION (1300~1630): CROSS CONNECTIONS
Cross connections between DP redundancy groups continue to be a significant causal and contributory factor in DP incidents. Many cross connections are installed with the best of intentions but without proper analysis or understanding of the risks they represent to station keeping.

This session focuses on:

  • Typical examples of fault propagation paths created by cross connections between DP redundancy
  • Alternate means of achieving the same level of system reliability and greater vessel availability without introducing cross
  • Reducing the burden of periodic testing by eliminating cross

DAY 2

MORNING SESSION (0800~1200): DP INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS
The first few hours after a DP incident are the ‘Golden Hours’ in which all data and relevant information must be captured and secured to increase the chance of positively identifying the route cause and learning from the incident. Data loggers must be saved, witness statements taken and evidence preserved.

This session focuses on:

  • The guidance given in MTS TECHOP_ODP_03_(GEN) CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE DP INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS
  • Examines the MTS LFI (Learning from Incidents) Tool that can be used to generate an LFI for submission to the MTS DP
  • The benefits of high-speed data loggers and bus sniffers in aiding fault finding and troubleshooting.

LUNCH BREAK: (1200~1300): ACTIVITY SPECIFIC OPERATING GUIDELINES (ASOG)

AFTERNOON SESSION (1300~1630):  UNWANTED THRUST
DP incidents associated with drive-offs caused by failure to full thrust continue to occur with unacceptable regularity despite clear and unambiguous guidance in rules and a standard from more than 20 years.

This session focuses on:

  • The concept of thruster fail-safe
  • The fundamental reasons why these drive-offs occur
  • Gaps in the current verification and validation schemes
  • What the DP community can do to ensure the risk from drive-offs is reduced

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