Tangaroa's dynamic positioning system

RV Tangaroa has a DP2 system – the only one on a New Zealand vessel. This makes it an even more valuable asset to help advance ocean science and oil, gas and mineral exploration in New Zealand, and around the world.

Frequently asked questions about Tangaroa’s dynamic positioning (DP2) system

Key features (see image on the right)

(1). 35 Tonne a-frame (8). Satellite positioning
(2). 10-Tonne a-frame (9). 600 kW bow thruster
(3). Cone Penetration testing or seabed drilling equipment (10). 800 kW retractable azimuth                                               
(4). Autonomous underwater vehicle (11). Dive support
(5). Underwater cameras (12). HiPAP 500
(6). 800 kW stern thruster (13). Seabed transponder
(7). 3000 kW main propulsion (14). Remotely operated vehicle

Tangaroa's Dynamic Positioning System - How does it work? from NIWA on Vimeo.

Steve Wilcox operating Tangaroa's DP2 control system. Photo taken by Dave Allen.
(1). 35 tonne A-frame, (2). 10-tonne A-frame, (3). cone penetration testing or seabed drilling equipment, (4). autonomous underwater vehicle, (5). underwater cameras, (6). 800 kW stern thruster, (7). 3000 kW main propulsion, (8). satellite positioning, (9). 600 kW bow thruster, (10). 800 kW retractable azimuth, (11). dive support, (12). HiPAP 500, (13). seabed transponder, (14). remotely operated vehicle. [NIWA]