In the second week of October, some 300 Dynamic Positioning professionals from eighteen countries converged on Houston for the 22nd Annual DP Conference. As in the past, over one third of the attendees were from outside the United States, some from as far away as New Zealand.
The conference once again kicked off with a one-day Workshop at which over 90 attendees spent the morning discussing the Developing a Pragmatic Approach to DP Asset Reactivation. The afternoon session focused on DPO Competency – A Critical Element to Achieving Incident-Free DP Operations. Selling out prior to the event, the Workshop has become a popular and well-attended addition to the DP Conference. Its importance is reflected by the many sponsors who support the Workshop, and this year included ABS, Aspin Kemp & Associates, Beier Radio, DNV GL, Edison Offshore, GATE, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Hornbeck Offshore, Kongsberg, Lloyds Register, M3 Marine, Noble Drilling, Oceaneering and POSH (PAAC Offshore Service Holdings) and Technip.
The technical Conference, held October 10 and 11, included twenty-four presentations and a cadre of highly distinguished speakers, many recognized pioneers in their fields. Eight Session Chairs from leading operators and government agencies introduced and moderated each session and included representatives from ConocoPhillips, M3 Marine Expertise, Tidewater, Odyssea Marine, Wartsila, Kongsberg and the US Coast Guard.
The two-day program was introduced by Derreck O’Keeffe, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.
Jason Aspin, Aspin Kemp & Associates was recognized with the Dynamic Positioning Committee’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
Representatives from Dynamic Positioning software, hardware and service providers took exhibit space at the conference. Many of these exhibitors return year after year, finding the Conference an excellent forum for meeting with highly targeted and focused current and potential clients.
While attendance at this year’s conference was slightly lower than recent years, a reflection on the depressed state of the offshore industry, many attendees see value in the ongoing educational and technical aspects of the event and welcome the opportunities it offers to keep abreast of the latest technology and innovations. The conference is sponsorship and endorsement by major operators including Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell bearing testament to the importance of this annual MTS sponsored event.
Proceedings from the Conference were provided on memory sticks to all attendees courtesy of Inkster Marine. Proceedings are also available online through this website for conference attendees.