Dynamic positioning analysis and comfort assessment for the early design stage of large yachts

Francesco Mauro, Aron Benci, Victor Ferrari, Enrico Della Valentina

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In some specific environmentally protected areas, conventional mooring systems cannot be used by large yachts for stationing at anchor and therefore, the adoption of a dynamic positioning system is required. It becomes then necessary to evaluate the station keeping capabilities of a yacht since the early-design stage. Adopting a quasi-static approach, it is possible to perform a standard capability analysis, as commonly done for the offshore industry, obtaining a capability plot as output. However, capability plots are referring to specific wind-wave correlation that are not covering all the possible wave combinations present in a sea area. Here, it is proposed to use a scatter diagram approach for the dynamic positioning analysis of a large yacht, considering the specific sea areas where the yacht shall operate, in order to figure out the downtime period of the DP system per each sea area. The proposed method can be coupled with traditional ship motions analysis, leading to a combination between comfort assessment and DP predictions. In the present work, use has been made of a traditional displacement yacht 72 m long, comparing five different DP system configurations and evaluating an enhanced comfort ranking combining ISO AWI-22834 guidelines for large yachts with ISO AWI-22822 DP analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-60
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Shipbuilding Progress
Issue number1-2
Early online date1 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021


  • large yachts
  • comfort on-board
  • dynamic positioning
  • ship motions


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