DP Guidance



The sub-committee will provide and maintain MTS DP Committee Guidance documents addressing Operations, Design, DP Personnel and also topical white papers under a category called TECHOP (Technical and Operational) Guidance documents. It will develop these documents with advice from and engagement with key personnel across the industry. The intent is to provide advice and guidance that promotes achievement of incident free DP operations. The documents are not copyrighted and are available for download without charge. Only the current version will be available off the website.

Committee Chair

Suman Muddusetti Shell Exploration & Production Principal Marine Operations Engineer

Committee Members

Name Position Organization Community
Bret Montaruli VP and Chief Engineer ABS Class
Marjin Dijk Head of Section Allseas Heavy Construction
Steven Barras Managing Director Offshore US and Canada Bureau Veritas Class
Kris Kallaway Director Marine Assurance Integration Upstream ConocoPhillips Operator
Antony D’Souza VP DNV GL Americas DNV GL Class
Dr. Steven Cargill Group Technical Authority DNV GL NDmS Consulting
Nick Smith Marine Vertical Director of Solutions Development GE DP Equipment
Carl Annessa Executive VP and COO Hornbeck Offshore Logistics Vessels and IRM
Nils Even Urkedal VP Kongsberg Maritime DP Equipment
Darryl Colacino  VP Technical Lloyds Register (LR) Class/Consulting
Joey Fisher  Managing Director M3 Marine Consulting
John Lloyd CEO Nautical Institute Training and Certification
Aaron Smith OMSA Chairman OMSA
Executive Director – OSVDPA
OMSA Support Vessels and Certification
Daniel Ferreira Cruz Engenheiro De Equipamentos Petrobras Operator
Jann Peter Strand Product Manager Automation & Control Rolls Royce DP Equipment
Mike Lindsey Corporate Marine Manager Seadril DP MODUs
Stig Olav Settemsdal Global Head of Drilling & Marine Technology Siemens DP Equipment
Oddgeir Dalane Leading Advisor, Plaform Tech MarinConcept Statoil Operator
Geir Larsen DP and Electrical Teekay DP Shuttle Tankers
Capt. Josh Reynolds Prevention Division Chief District 8s United States Coast Guard Regulators
Mark Aravidis Marine Assurance Specialist Offshore Woodside Energy Operator

Guidance Documents – Design and Construction Process

Development of the Guidance Documents has followed a proven and systematic process. Once a topic needing the development of guidance has been identified, Stakeholders are identified who can positively influence and contribute to the development of the guidance document. These Stakeholders participate in a framing session which is conducted in a workshop setting and utilizes a proven process of brainstorming . This results in identification of themes that need to be addressed. These themes form the foundation of the guidance document. The themes are then further worked on by teams/sub-teams/individuals. The work output is subjected to a series of peer reviews, starting with a core group and expanding up to two more groups. The final product is reviewed by the core group and amended as necessary to be published on the MTS DP Committee web site. Upon publication, comments are invited from the end users. These comments are analyzed and addressed as appropriate in future revisions. After the initial revision the goal of this subcommittee would be to subject the revised documents to a two yearly review cycle and update as needed.


The committee depends on participation and advice and engagement with key personnel across the industry to generate documents based on the above process. The peer reviewed documents are subsequently reviewed and approved by core leadership of the committee. Presently it is intended that TECHOP documents, once published, will cover new material and or addendums to the primary documents. These TECHOP documents will be systematically reviewed for appropriate incorporation into the primary documents when undergoing their periodic review cycle. TECHOP material, when incorporated in the primary documents, shall be withdrawn as TECHOP’s.


DnV has volunteered to provide admin support to assist in publishing and maintaining the MTS DP Committee Guidance documents. This support is greatly appreciated and gracefully accepted. The MTS DP Committee wishes to recognize DnV for their contributions to the all voluntary efforts of the MTS DP Committee. Admin support will be used to establish and maintain the format of the documents on the MTS web site. Additionally this support will be leveraged to collate and organize comments on the documents from Industry to enable their being addressed appropriately by the subcommittee.

Activities planned for 2015/6

  • New Techop on investigation of DP incidents
  • Contact

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