Do you consider yourself a DP expert? Try the test below and find out.

To promote a better understanding of all aspects of Dynamic Positioning, Ivar Storvik, Chair of The Knowledge Testing Committee and his committee has developed the following knowledge test

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1 What is the main purpose of Dynamic Positioning?
A   To leave the positioning of the vessel to the computers in order that the operators on the bridge can be relieved of tedious work and focus on more important bridge responsibilities
B   To increase the accuracy of positioning
C   To increase operational safety

2 There are six degrees of freedom on a vessel afloat, three of which can be controlled by a Dynamic Positioning system. One of these three does not depend on the input of a position reference system. Which is it?
A   Surge
B   Sway
C   Yaw

3 What is the purpose of a Vertical Reference Sensor?
A   To measure the GPS antenna height
B   To measure the vessel displacement
C   To measure the pitch, roll (and heave) motions of the vessel

4 What single component is the most essential part of a DP system?
A   Navigation radar system
B   Wind sensor
C   The compass

5 What is the nominal accuracy of a modern DGPS system?
A   Less than 0.1 meters
B   Less than 1 meters
C   Less than 10 meters

6 What has a major negative effect on sound propagation in water when using an Acoustic Position Reference system?
A   Seabed topography
B   Water pressure
C   Thruster activity

7 When making a move under DP control it is recommended to make the move at a low speed. What is the main reason for this?
A   The position reference systems' filtering process is not able to cope at high speeds
B   The wind sensor will add the vessel speed to the true wind speed, thus giving an erroneous wind force
C   The reduction in transverse thruster efficiency creating a risk of losing heading control

8 When is it advisable to deselect the wind sensor?
A   When a helicopter is about to land on your vessel.
B   When moving from one position to another under DP control
C   When thunderstorms are in the vicinity

9 What is the main advantage of a triple redundant DP system?
A   Up to 3 DP operators may operate the DP system simultaneously
B   A dramatic increase in the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating.
C   You may leave one or two system(s) switched OFF, thus avoiding unnecessary wear and tear.

10 What is a Fanbeam system?
A   A microwave positioning reference system
B   An ultrasonic positioning reference system
C   A Laser positioning system

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