As artificial intelligence spreads its roots throughout all technology, Bolshoy Bhattacharya, LOC Group’s electrical and control systems specialist, looks at dynamic positioning and asks, ‘What makes the yachting industry different?’

The cons mostly come down to the cost of installing the necessary DP system, cost of maintenance and cost of running engines and thrusters when stationary.

Dynamic Positioning (DP) is a computer controlled process that automatically maintains a vessel’s position and heading by using its own propellers and/or thrusters. A combination of classical and modern control theory, the DP system monitors the vessel and its surroundings using a variety of sensors. These include positionreference systems to pinpoint a vessel’s location with a fixed or relative reference and gyrocompasses as a heading reference. As the concept matured, more environmental sensors, such as motion reference units (MRU) and wind sensors, were added to paint a more accurate picture of the environment.

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