Dynamic positioning (DP), a computer-controlled system that automatically controls a vessel's position and heading exclusively by use of active thrust, is commonly used by vessels working in the offshore oil and gas / renewable energy sector; subsea operations, field construction, cable-lay, platform support and other offshore related activities.

The number of DP equipped vessels has been increasing steadily in recent years.

The DP is a rapidly maturing technology. The DP system includes DP control system, its hardware and software, thruster system and the power generation and management systems that open new employment opportunities to personnel from all marine departments.