To give the student should a thorough knowledge of the practical aspects of DP operations. They should be capable of planning and conducting any DP operation, including risk assessment, contingency planning and assessment of v
essel capability. They should also be able to react correctly to any circumstances which could lead to a catastrophic failure or which constitutes a catastrophic failure itself.
The training is based on the programme as outlined by the recommendations contained in The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines. Training is a mix of theoretical sessions and practical exercises in simulators, using Kongsberg DP.
By use of simulator equipment, the student must demonstrate an ability to set up and operate a DP system, including special functions as Auto track and follow target, sensors and associated Position reference systems.
The student must demonstrate an ability to carry out a DP operation. All elements of the operation must be adequately covered. This includes planning using all relevant information, contingency planning, worksite approach, use of checklists, communication, DP watch schedule, DP hand over and DP logbook requirements.
The student must describe the limitations of the DP systems during operations in shallow and deep waters.
The student must demonstrate knowledge of conditions that will cause degraded or emergency status to prevail.
The student must evaluate various information received and recognise warnings and alarms associated with catastrophic failures.
The student must demonstrate correct behavior in connection with failures and take appropriate action to stabilise the vessels position after a failure.
Theoretical and practical assessment.
Participants must have attended and satisfactorily completed an approved Dynamic Positioning (DP) basic course. Documented minimum sea-going DP familiarization (30 or 60 days depends on scheme) with sufficient entries in the training log. Participants must hold either a STCW Regulation II/1 - II/2 - II/3 Deck or a Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine certificate. Valid certificate must be presented on the first day of the course as proof. Persons who have a DP Basic / induction course dated before January 1st 2012 can join the course, if the complete DPO training can be completed within a 5 year period.