Dynamic Positioning Induction Course (NI DP Basic)

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 course is part of NI DPO Training Scheme. You may find more info about NI DPO Training Scheme HERE.

The Nautical Institute

This course is certified by
The Nautical Institute.
Duration: 5 days
Participants: Max 8 prs
Validity: 5 years
Course Content

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%.

Admission Requirements

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 Offshore DPO's on the new scheme who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate may complete Induction/basic course (Phase A),60 DP sea time days (Phase B) and the Simulator/Advanced course (Phase C).The watch-keeping training (Phase D) and (Phase E)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.

Frequently asked questions - Dynamic Positioning Induction Course

What is the Dynamic Positioning Induction Course?

The Dynamic Positioning Induction Course is an introductory training program designed to provide maritime professionals with foundational knowledge and understanding of Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems. The course covers the basic principles, components, and operations of DP, preparing participants for roles that require DP system operation and management on vessels.

Who is the target audience for the Dynamic Positioning Induction Course?

The course is tailored for individuals new to the field of Dynamic Positioning, including budding DP operators, marine engineers, deck officers, and other maritime professionals who aim to work on DP-equipped vessels. It's an essential first step for those looking to pursue a career in DP operations and seeking subsequent advanced DP training.

How does the Dynamic Positioning Induction Course enhance a maritime professional's career?

Completing the Dynamic Positioning Induction Course equips participants with the foundational knowledge required to operate and understand DP systems. It's a stepping stone towards advanced DP training and certification, opening doors to specialized roles on DP vessels. The course also ensures that maritime professionals adhere to industry standards and best practices, enhancing safety and efficiency in DP operations.

Reviews - Dynamic Positioning Induction Course

Excellent service
I would like to share my impressions from the course which I have passed several months ago. With Nautical Institute approval, Lerus center provides it's students with a high-level service and deep knowledge. Experienced and working intructor provides up-to-date information, and his teaching technique is outstanding. Hope to pass DP advanced course here too. Review by: Yusuf
Perfect course
This course is strongly recomended to those seafarers who eager to rush their career up and begin their path to become DPO. Higly experienced Instructor Alex explained the material thoroughly and the practical exercises left me sufficient understanding of DP and precious experience. My appreciations to Lerus training center for such training. Review by: Stanislav
Worthy and essential course
In my opinion, this is very informative course. I learned a lot of new critical information and gained key initial skills to start my career in DP. Thank you. Review by: Faruh Mahdi
All equipment was excellent good facilities provided and easy to located the training centre. Review by: Zahar
Good facility Good location Thanks you Review by: Yus@cataleya
DP basic course
Sufficient location for training sessions. Professional instructors conducted and conveyed information during the training. Review by: Felix lim
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