With the steady growth of the number of Dynamic Positioning (DP) vessels, increasingly complex designs and operations, and a decreasing number of experienced DP operators, effective operational risk management tools are key for safer and more efficient operations. One of the key aspects when looking at the operational risks is the estimation of the vessel position and heading after the worst case single failure and in the transient period after the failure has occurred. The aim of this paper is to provide insight about the use of comprehensive dynamic operability analyses performed by time-domain simulations for understanding the vessel performance and limitations, in turn providing valuable and reliable input to operational risk assessment and planning. This paper presents also a comparison with results from full-scale trials.

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