A probabilistic approach for Dynamic Positioning capability and operability predictions

F. Mauro*, Radoslav Nabergoj

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Determining Dynamic Positioning capability for an offshore vessel is mandatory to identify the environmental forces the system can counteract, together with the operability in a specific operational area of interest. Conventional predictions evaluate the capability as a maximum sustainable wind speed at a predefined encounter angle for a given wind–wave correlation, not reflecting the effective wind and waves occurrence at the site. In this respect, a step forward is provided by the scatter diagram approach, allowing the evaluation of operability in a specific sea area, using a simplified method to predict wind speed from wave parameters. Here, using known wind–waves joint distributions for the long-term environmental conditions further improves the scatter diagram approach, assessing the operability of a Dynamic Positioning system through a Quasi-Monte Carlo sampling of the joint distribution. Analysing the results of the Quasi-Monte Carlo process, it is possible to obtain a site-specific capability plot, allowing the identification of critical wind speeds in a way that is familiar to operators in the offshore industry. The application of this novel method in the case of quasi-static calculations both to a reference supply vessel and a pipe-lay vessel shows the flexibility of the proposed approach for site-specific Dynamic Positioning capability predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112250
Number of pages17
JournalOcean Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Dynamic positioning
  • Operability
  • Offshore vessels
  • Joint environmental conditions
  • Quasi-Monte Carlo method


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