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DYNAMIC POSITIONING TRAINING & DP COURSES



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    DYNAMIC POSITIONING TRAINING & DP COURSES


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    Nautical Institute , in London administers Dynamic Positioning Operator training and certification. The Nautical Institute issue logbooks to trainees, they authorize training centers for DP Courses and control the issuance of DP certificates.

    From 1st January 2012, The Nautical Institute will implement the minimum qualification of Trainees for DP Courses as STCW Regulation II/1 - II/2 - II/3 Deck and Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine.

    The Dynamic Positioning Training programme is intended to apply to bridge watch-keepers already qualified by means of a certificate of competency as a deck officer / Engineer. The Dynamic Positioning Training programme involves five phases as follows

    1. DP Induction Course or Basic Course.
    2. minimum 30 days seagoing DP familiarization
    3. DP Advanced Course or Simulator Course.
    4. Minimum of 180 days watch-keeping on a DP vessels (at least 60 days on Class 2/3 DP vessels for Unlimited DP certificate)
    5. Statement of suitability by the master of a DP ship

    You can download the Dynamic Positioning Training scheme chart from :
    DP Training scheme

    DP Courses involves two shore based training scheme coupled with practical on-board experience:
     # Induction or Basic DP Course and (Stage 1 of the Dynamic Positioning Training Scheme)
     # Simulator or Advanced DP course (Stage 3 of the Dynamic Positioning Training Scheme)

    Dynamic Positioning Training - Induction or Basic Course
    Induction or basic DP Course is a 4 to 5 day DP Course and fees of this DP Induction Course starts from 70,000 INR. On successful completion of this DP course, the prospective Dynamic Positioning Operator will be issued with a Nautical Institute’s Dynamic Positioning Operator’s logbook in which the DP Courses, sea-time and suitability as a DPO are recorded.

    One thing to note here is the difference between the NI (Nautical Institute) Logbook and the IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) logbook.
    The NI logbooks are specifically designed for the use of Dynamic Positioning Operators and bridge watch-keeping officers during the operator's training program. Attendance at the shore-based DP courses (both Basic and Advanced Course), details of DP vessels served upon, tasks engaged upon and relevant DP experience are recorded in the NI Logbook. These entries are signed by the Master, and a record of Dynamic Positioning vessel sea-time is kept.
    While in the IMCA logbooks are intended to be used by all key DP personnel, not only bridge DP watch-keeping officers. IMCA logbooks are intended as a continuous record of DP service and would normally commence after DP training was complete. A page is provided to show details of training courses attended.

    Dynamic Positioning Training - Advanced or Simulator Course
    Simulator or Advanced DP Course is a 4 to 5 day DP Course and fees of this DP Course starts from 80,000 INR.  

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      Only watch-keeping sea-time gained on board DP vessels officially classed as DP Vessel by one of the classification societies (Certificate on board) will be counted towards the required sea-time.

      Minimum Sea-time required for Stage 4 of the Dynamic Positioning Training Scheme

      1. DP 1 Vessels only
      2. 180 days watch-keeping on board DP 1 vessels       =    Limited certificate
      3. DP 2 Vessels only
      4. 180 days watch-keeping on board DP 2 or 3 vessels  =    Full/Unlimited certificate
      5. Mixed DP Class vessels
      6. If served on board various DP class vessels and want to obtain a Full/Unlimited certificate then Watch-keeping time must include at least 60 days DP2 or DP 3 time.
      For Calculation purpose :
       (a) DP 1 vessels are equal to ½ a day
       (b) DP 2 or 3 vessels are equal to 1 day
      e.g. If you have 60 DP 2 days then you will need 240 days DP 1 time to qualify for a DP Full/Unlimited certificate.
      Sea-time on DP 2 vessels :  60 days  = 60 days (Minimum Sea-time required)
      Sea-time on DP 1 vessels :  240 days =  120 days
      Total Sea-time for DP Unlimited certificate = 180 days

      Once the Dynamic Positioning system training scheme is complete, a testimonial or assessment is provided by the Master of the DP vessel to verify the suitability of the Dynamic Positioning Officer concerned to carry out DP operations and keep a bridge DP watch. It is on the strength of evidence contained within NI logbook that individual DPO certificates are issued by the Nautical Institute.

      For Stage 4 of the Dynamic Positioning Training Scheme, When the watch-keeping is done on a Class 1 DP vessels , a limited certificate will be issued, otherwise a full / Unlimited DP certificate will be issued. All the 5 stages of the Dynamic Positioning training scheme are witnessed and recorded by entries in a DP Logbook, held by the trainee. All entries to be validated by the Master. The Nautical Institute logbook, dynamic positioning training scheme and certificate are internationally accepted.

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