About Us

Dynamic Positioning Committee Mission Statement

The Dynamic Positioning Committee’s mission is 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, and are consistent with the objectives of the Marine Technology Society.

The DP Committee was founded in 1996 as a Professional Committee of the Marine Technology Society www.mtsociety.org An MTS Professional Committee facilitates the exchange and transfer of technical information in a specific subject area among professionals from academia, government and industry.

The current leadership members are:

Title Name Company
Chairman Pete Fougere Transocean (retired)
Treasurer Dietmar Deter Nautex
Conference Chairman Steve Browne
Communications David Hollier Transocean
DP Guidance Suman Muddusetti Shell
Equipment Testing Chad Fuhrmann Marine Assurance and Consulting (MAC)
History of DP Sean Hogue London Offshore Consultants
Learning from Incidents (LFI) Carl Annessa Hornbeck Offshore
Thruster Guidelines Dietmar Deter Nautex

All members of the committee are volunteers. There is no permanent staff.

Our first DP Conference was held in Houston, Texas, in October 1997. The two day presentation of technical papers received sufficient interest that it was continued in successive years. In 2014 conference registrations totaled 430, the largest ever. Sponsorship of the conference also continues to be very strong. A high proportion of authors and delegates continue to be international. There is a workshop on the day before the conference, a golf day after the conference and a suite of exhibitor companies that support the industry with technology and specialty services.

Sub Committees were formed to pursue specific activities. In 2012 the Guidance subcommittee published DP Operation Guidelines followed by DP Vessel Design Guidelines. These unique documents were well received by industry and regulators. Today, there are many other documents available for download free on the website. New guidance documents will continue to be produced to address the needs of the DP community.

Contact at:


Dynamic Positioning Committee
9300 Sandstone St.
Austin, TX 78737

About the Marine Technology Society

The Marine Technology Society was incorporated in June 1963 to give members of academia, government and industry a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Our guiding purpose is:

“To promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology.”

Today, MTS is a growing organization, boasting a membership of businesses, institutions, individual professionals and students who are ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers and educators.

Our mission is to:

  • Facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues by enhancing the dissemination of marine technology information
  • Promote and improve marine technology and related educational programs
  • Advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans.

MTS’s long-range vision is to be:

“The leading authority and advocate for marine technology and resources while promoting member success and public understanding.”

Today MTS worldwide individual membership is about 4000.