DM Consulting
2017 International Dry Dock Conference/Advanced Training Forum

General Information


The conference offers presentations by experts along with opportunities for all attendees to take part in discussions and to share knowledge and experiences. This conference is targeted for:

  • Consultants
  • Dock Masters/Docking Officers
  • Dry Dock Crews
  • Engineers
  • Marine Surveyors
  • Naval Architects
  • On-site Representatives
  • Port Engineers
  • Program/Project Mangers
  • Ship/ Vessel Operator and Owner Representatives
  • Others involved/interested in the drydocking of ships and vessels

Past participants included representatives of shipyards, engineering/consulting firms, government agencies, and ship/vessel operators from six continents.

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Presentations and Schedule

The goal of the conference is to stimulate the transfer of dry-docking knowledge and information to personnel in the dry-dock industry. Questions and comments from the conference attendees are encouraged during all presentations.

2017 Conference topics include:

  • Alternatives to dry dock side blocks
  • A dry dock accident analysis
  • Dry dock control systems
  • Dry dock reports and reporting
  • Dry dock spatial assessment tools
  • Drydocking/launching with airbags
  • Extending the length of a drydocked ship
  • Floating dry dock failures
  • Floating dry dock transfer operations
  • New dry dock from concept through first operation
  • Ship owner involvement in drydocking operations, calculations and processes
  • Special drydocking operations-one vessel and 2 dry docks
  • Undocking list control-gunner's quadrant operations
  • Wooden ship drydock planning and operations

There are a few presentation positions open. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please contact DM Consulting.

There will be areas for displays and tables for handouts and brochures. Vendors, consultants, and representatives are encouraged to bring and distribute information at the conference

The Conference will be held Friday-Saturday 5-6 May, 2017.

Friday, 5 May
    7am  -  8am       Check-in/Registration
    8am  -  9am       Introduction
    9am  -  12pm     Presentations
   12pm -  1pm       Lunch
    1pm  -  5pm       Presentations
    5pm  -  7pm       Informal gatherin/meetingsg

Saturday, 6 May
    8am  -  12pm     Presentations
   12pm -  1pm       Lunch
    1pm  -  5pm       Presentations
    5pm  -   7pm       Informal gathering/meetings

Fees and Location

Conference Fee
The conference fee is $700.00 (if payment is made early - see Registration Form.
Click here for online payment.

Conference Location
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown 400 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas, 77002 USA.  A block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees at a discounted rate of $147/night (prevailing Per Diem rate). These special rates will be held until 5 April 2017. To make a reservation call 1-800-445-8667 (or +1-713-759-0202) -Group Name- International Dry Dock Conference or go to: Double Tree Houston

For those who wish to linger in Houston after the conference, these rates will be honored through
Tuesday 9 May.

Offshore Technology Conference

Offshore Technology Conference

The 1-4 May 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) precedes the 5-6 May 2017 Dry Dock Conference/Advanced Training Forum in Houston. See for details on the OTC. Attend both the Dry Dock Conference/Advanced Training Forum and the Offshore Technology Conference to maximize your trip to Houston.

Houston Information

Houston Information

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"Instructor was very experienced and offered good insight to the dry docking process. Gave good lecture, coupled w/ real experience stories. Very helpful during class exercises."
- Gene, Wisconsin