At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning, be able to set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of the associated equipment, including the position reference systems The student should be able to recognize and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages. The student should also be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, e.g. power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems and nature of work. The student should also be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current and vessel movement.
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 on Kongsberg DP stand alone simulators.
Describe principles of DP
Describe the various elements of a DP system, including Position Reference system, sensors, power and state the requirements for redundancy including methods
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of practical operation of a DP system in various modes and use all relevant features available in exercises performed
Describe principle, limitations and use of position reference systems
Describe principle, limitations and use of sensors and ancillary equipment
Describe typical power and distribution arrangements in diesel electric and non-diesel electric vessels. Describe UPS systems and typical PMS system. Recognize power requirements in DP vessels
Describe various propulsion and thrusters system and compare them to each other
Describe procedures to be followed in a DP operation, including planning using vessel and field info, contingency planning, checklists, worksite approach, communication, hand over
Describe datum used and understand UTM coordinates
Describe documentation and log book requirements
Describe arrangements made for DP operations in specialist vessels
Describe hazards associated with deep and shallow water operations
Assessment by multiple-choice tests. Pass mark 70%.
Minimum requirements for entering the DPO scheme are: 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. Prospective DPO's, who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate can start the DP scheme and complete Induction/basic course and 30 days Familiarization only. The Simulator/Advanced course and watch-keeping training can only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW certificate of competency. A letter from an employing company or approved college must be presented on the first day of the course as proof. Participants NOT fulfilling the above are allowed to participate on the course, but only as a 'DP awareness' student. The certificate will state 'DP awareness' only. The course will not be considered as a part of the DP operator training scheme and the participant will not be allowed for future training as a DPO.