Environmental forces appear to pull the vessel away from its desired location, but the mechanically operated thrust counteracts these forces and holds it in place. DP systems automatically balance external forces such as wind, tide, and current. The DP training Singapore has shown tremendous advancement in the field for the trainees in the marine.
What does DP training require?
- The positioning system, the DP computer, and the thrusters are the three main components of any DP system. The positioning system, which is normally a GPS, keeps track of the vessel’s location.
- As the vessel departs from its intended location, the DP computer calculates the necessary thrust, which is then applied by the thrusters to sustain the vessel’s position.
DP structures are commonly seen on:
- Drilling rigs off the coast (Drilling ships and Semi-submersibles). When drilling in deep water, a drilling vessel can use DP to maintain a fixed position.
- The K-Pos mechanism is intended to maintain the vessel within the defined direction and heading limits while reducing fuel consumption and propulsion equipment wear and tear, Vessels for dredging and Rock-dumping boats, Suction Hopper dredgers, Trenching vessels.
Offshore vessels usually use dynamic positioning systems for precise manoeuvring, maintaining a set location, or track keeping (pipe/cable laying).