OCIMF releases new guide on assessment of DP failures

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The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has released an information paper on assurance of dynamic positioning (DP) system failure mode and effects analysis (FMEAs).

Titled Dynamic Positioning Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Assurance Framework, Risk-based Guidance, the guide seeks to improve the process of identifying all possible consequences and failures of DP systems.

In 2002, following a series of DP incidents in the UK sector of the North Sea, industry concerns were raised about the safety and reliability of DP vessels. Following a comprehensive review by the UK Health and Safety Executive, it was apparent that guidance was not being implemented or adhered to consistently across the supply chain.

The paper aims to improve the assurance of DP FMEA quality by setting out how relevant information should be presented, in a prescribed format.

DNV GL’s Noble Denton marine services worked with a large group of industry stakeholders including classification societies, vessel owners, and DP industry bodies to support the OCIMF in developing the guidance.

DNV GL added that it is ready to assist vessel owners in following the technical requirements stipulated in the guidance.

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