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DP Conference 2022

IMCA held its first DP Conference for some years which took up many hours of planning and logistical organisation by the Secretariat.  However, this was more than worth it as the event was proven to be a success with the feedback being extremely positive and the engagement throughout the event being excellent.  This has undoubtedly motivated us to ensure that the 2023 DP conference (May 9th/10th 2023) will be just as enjoyable and valuable for the IMCA membership and other DP industry interested parties.  Thanks to all delegates and sponsors for making this happen.

Station Keeping Events STATS:

The information below is a snapshot of the DP Station Keeping events to date for 2022. 

Figure 6 – 1 Event Stats

The percentage of DP Incidents per year of reporting has increased from 2019, a year before the pandemic hit, this is a worrying trend.  See graph below;

Figure 6 – 2 Percentage of DP Incidents per year of Reporting

Dynamic Positioning Station Keeping Review – Incidents and Events Reported for 2021 can be downloaded here.

If you are employed by an IMCA member company, you can register on the website using your company domain email address.  Once registered, you will be given direct access to the members area including all guidance and publications.  This also applies to Bridge, ECR or Rank email addresses onboard vessels.

IMCA has a new DP reporting form available here.  You may want to consider using this form for your vessels.   Please forward reports to [email protected].

The following case studies and observations have been compiled from information received by IMCA. All vessel, client, and operational data has been removed from the narrative to ensure anonymity.

Case studies are not intended as guidance on the safe conduct of operations, but rather to assist vessel managers, DP operators and DP technical crew in appropriately determining how to safely conduct their own operations. Any queries should be directed to IMCA at [email protected]. Members and non-members alike are welcome to contact IMCA if they have experienced DP events which can be shared anonymously with the DP industry.

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IMCA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in the documents it publishes, but IMCA shall not be liable for any guidance and/or recommendation and/or statement herein contained. The information contained in this document does not fulfil or replace any individual’s or Member's legal, regulatory or other duties or obligations in respect of their operations. Individuals and Members remain solely responsible for the safe, lawful and proper conduct of their operations.