Dynamic Positioning

Dynamic Positioning (DP) is now a major facility and is being routinely fitted in new as well as established vessel types.

DP functions are in regular use across a wide range of environments such as Drilling Rigs, Offshore Support Vessels, Floating Production Units, Survey Vessels and Shuttle Tankers to name but a few.
 
The Nautical Institute is responsible for the certification of DP Operators in the UK. The Institute is UK based and is recognised worldwide. The Institute's scheme of training follows the recommendations contained in the IMO and IMCA guidelines. 

Our DP courses are validated and are continuously monitored by the Nautical Institute.

Minimum Qualification Requirement From 1st January 2012         
The Nautical Institute has implemented the following criteria for entry on to the DP Operators Training Scheme:  

  • The Minimum qualification will be set at STCW Regulation II/1 - II/2 - II/3 Deck and Regulation III/1 - III /2 - III/3 Engine
Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications* will be considered on a case by case basis.

*Marine Vocational Qualification: is a non-STCW Certificate of Competency issued by a white list Maritime Administration for use in the administration's local waters only.

Prospective DPO's, who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate, can start the DP scheme and complete the DP Induction (basic) course and 30 days Familiarisation only. The DP Simulator (Advanced) course and watchkeeping training can only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW certificate of competency.

Prospective DPO's not meeting the above requirements will be able to apply for certification, if they commenced training prior to the implementation date and all elements have been completed within a five year period at the time of application. Following implementation of the above all existing DPO certification will be honoured and will remain valid.