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Launch of App at European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference: Wednesday, 24 March

21st March 2021
A launch off an app is to take place at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference next Wednesday, 24th March (09:00 - 13:00). For details of this payment ticketed event click below. Above: Operator's SubSeas 7's subsea installation construction (DP) vessel Seven Borealis which specilises in pipelay projects and is capable of heavy lift operations. A launch off an app is to take place at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference next Wednesday, 24th March (09:00 - 13:00). For details of this payment ticketed event click below. Above: Operator's SubSeas 7's subsea installation construction (DP) vessel Seven Borealis which specilises in pipelay projects and is capable of heavy lift operations. Credit: Nautical Institute-twitter

An App is to be launched at the European Dynamic Positioning (DP) Virtual Conference next Wednesday, 24 March (09:00 - 13:00)

The event is a collaboration of the Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). 

(As Afloat reported the Irish operated Mainport Geo with a (DP2 system) entered Cork Dockyard in January and following coverage of conversion into a survey and marine scientific vessel, the ship had just departed the graving dry-dock to berth at a nearby quay).

Next week's talk (details below) by Andy Goldsmith of the IMCA is in co-operation with the (NI), a non-governmental organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The NI and the IMCA have also joined forces to transform the continuing professional development (CPD) of dynamic positioning operators (DPOs) by issuing a dedicated app which will be launched during the talk. 

It’s intended for DPOs who perform a safety-critical role on board offshore DP vessels and need to maintain their technical knowledge. The new app will enable DPOs to expand their professional awareness and understanding of industry guidance, safety bulletins, DP exercises and training drills ‑ all of which will contribute to safety and operational efficiency offshore.

CPD is acknowledged to be an effective way of combatting skills-fade. Allen Leatt, IMCA’s CEO said: "Our DP event reporting scheme reveals that human factors often influence undesirable DP station-keeping events. We are optimistic that CPD will bring a helpful improvement in the safety and risk management of DP operations in our industry."

The CPD modules will be released at six-monthly intervals – and the first module will be available online as soon as the app is officially launched at midday on Wednesday. You can signup for an account via The Nautical Institute’s Alexis Platform in preparation for the module to be released.

The app is designed for use on mobile devices. NI CEO Captain John Lloyd explains: "Using specialist mobile device learning management software, the app is available across a wide range of operating systems. Importantly, it provides offline capability, ensuring the content remains available without internet connection – an important factor for seagoing personnel."

The NI and IMCA are confident that the new app will benefit individual DPOs, by providing a convenient way to keep knowledge and skills current, and the DP industry, by enhancing safety offshore.

For more information, please contact [email protected] and to buy a ticket click here.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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