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    MTS DP conference breaks attendance record

    Organisations and Associations // November 16, 2012

    The Marine Technology Society's Dynamic Positioning Conference, held October 9-10 2012, once again broke previous attendance records.

    Held at the newly completed Westin Memorial City Houston Hotel, the conference attracted 400 attendees from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

    A workshop on FMEAs and the MTS DP Guidance Documents, held the day prior to the actual conference, quickly filled up with close to 100 attendees. This was followed by a highly successful two-day conference.

    Rear Admiral Roy Nash, Commander, 8th District with the United States Coast Guard introduced the conference with a keynote address. Over 20 technical papers followed covered a range of DP-related topics, including presentations on ice testing, design and control, power, quality assurance, sensors, and thrusters.

    Luncheon programs featured a presentation by Joe Hughes, The Marine Safety Council, on the need for standardization of International DP standards and regulations, an awards ceremony at which Steven Cargill (GL Noble Denton) was honoured with the Dynamic Positioning Committee’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and a talk by the United States Coast Guard on the Coast Guard's updates to DP MODU regulations.

    The conference also introduced attendees to two additional guidance documents spearheaded by Suman Muddusetti and available through the Dynamic Positioning Committee website: 

    • Guidance for professional development of DP Personnel
    • Technical & Operational Guidance Notes.

    Twenty-eight companies showcased their products and services and an array of major companies showed their support through their generous sponsorship. These included conference sponsors BP Global Wells Organization, Workshop sponsor DNV, Luncheon sponsors Rolls Royce, IHC Merwede and Kongsberg, Evening Reception sponsors DNV, GE Power Energy Conversion, Grand Isle Shipyard, and L-3 Communications, Refreshment Break sponsors Braemar Engineering, C-MAR Group, London Offshore Consultants and Measurement Devices Ltd, Golf Tournament Sponsor Kongsberg and Media sponsor Ocean News. 

    Preliminary proceedings from the Conference were provided on memory sticks to all attendees courtesy of ABB.

    Complete proceedings from the 2012 Conference will be available to all attendees online and can also be purchased through the DP website at http://www,

    Plans are currently underway for DP 2013, which is tentatively planned for October 8 - 9, 2013, with a workshop on October 7, 2013.


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