[QUOTE=Arthur;24743]Good Morning everyone,
I’m a French student making research about the DP market.
I was wondering if you have any role and how you might influence the bying process?
Does the operator have anything to say in the choice of the system?
Well in the company I work for, which is one of the largest buyers of DP systems worldwide, here is how it goes down…
New ships are rarely a complete new design. Rather they are usually based on the drawings of a similar ship. What usually happens is the company engineers, marine superintendent and other office types sit down and review the drawings of the ship they’d like to base the new one off of. Then they send out an email to the Captain’s aboard existing ships saying something like "We have no plans of building a new ship, but if we did what changes would you like to be made. They then alter equipment that no one likes/wants and put in the budget xx dollars for changes. " They then take these recommendations to the yard when signing the contract.
Once it is announced theire is sometimes a general “Captain’s Meeting” where this stuff is hashed out in a forum of captain’s and office engineers.
Once the ship is announced a vessel manager, captain and engineering type are picked for the ship. They get to suggest and review each decision to change equipment but, depending on the budget, may or may not get what they want.
Rarely does the actual operators get a say in the decision (unless the Captain asks for their input).
As for as changing systems on older ships… the same round table of people sit down with the Captain and pick the new equipment to be installed. In this case the operators do have an active role in the decision making process but the budgets and existing interface equipment usually limit the choices.
That is officially how it goes down. The other way is some who needs to make a decision in the office doesn’t want to… so he emails a DPO friend who operates the equipment and says “I have to choose between system x, y and z. Which one should we pick. Then the recommendation gets finalized and, that’s that”.