After the course, the successful participants are able to:

  • Define the principles of DP
  • Recognize the component parts of a DP system
  • Understand the relationship between vessel movement prs, sensors, computers propulsion units and feedback
  • Understand the concept of redundancy
  • Understand the DP modes of control
  • Describe the operation of sensors and common position reference systems
  • Describe propulsion units , types and configurations
  • Understand power supply, redundancy and management
  • Practice communication and watch handover procedures

    The minimum qualification is set at STCW Regulation II/1 – II/2 – II/3 Deck, Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6 Engine and Regulation III/6 for ETOs and Cadet*

    Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualification will be considered on a case by case basis.

    *Note: Prospective DPO (cadet), who are in the process of training for and STCW certificate, can start the DP scheme and complete induction Course, Phase B and task section.

    Number of Candidates : a maximum of eight students per class being taught by one instructor. If more than eight students are enrolled on the course, a second instructor will be required to assist with practical exercises…

    Course Languages and Course Material: English

    English language is the language used for the training standard. Knowledge, understanding and speaking of English language is a minimum requirement to enter into the course. IMAT centre reserves the right to reject students if they do not meet the minimum language level to be admitted in the DP course, without any refund.

    • Definition of DP, elements of the DP system, DP systems redundancy, and Class Requirements
    • Functions of the DP system, and DP principles
    • Different types of DP vessels and DP operations, sensors and use of sensor inputs
    • Introduction to position reference systems and the DP system’s use of position measurements
    • Vessel capability, DP consequence analysis and DP capability analysis
    • Thrusters and manoeuvring systems
    • Power systems and Blackout Prevention
    • Operational procedures for DP operation, and procedures for operating the DP system
    • Study of DP incidents
    • Principal use of the DP system
    • STCW Certificate (OOW Certificate) Regulation II/1-II/2-II/3 Deck and Engine,
    • III/6 for ETOs (original)
    • For CADET (Cadet: is the person who is in training to obtain the STCW Certificate of Competence)

    Cadets should present proof such as a LETTER  from the company employing them or the college indicating that they are on STCW training before joining the Induction course (original)

    • Seaman’s Book (original) or Seafarer ID
    • English Dictionary for online examination
    • Passport , Personal and active e-mail address
    • N.I.P. Code or Tax Identification

    In order to issue the new logbook to the student who has passed the online examination must present to the Training Centre with the following additional documents:

    • 2 photo size: 35mmx45mm (to insert in the DP Logbook issued by Centre)

    The training will be a combination of theoretical lessons and practical exercises. During the course each

    participant will have his own DP operator station with generic DP software.

    In order to be awarded a certificate of completion for the Induction Course the trainee must pass an online assessment at the training centre. The exam is composed of multiple choice questions and shall be completed in 1 hour 15 minutes.

    The online assessment will consist of 40 questions and shall be completed with a pass mark of 70%.

    Students who fail at the first attempt are allowed to have another two attempts within six months of the first attempt; however, the second attempt must be undertaken within 96 hours of the first attempt. Failing these three initial attempts, the student is required to repeat the Induction Course and undertake the assessment again. Practical Assessment: Not applicable

    The Course is total 5 days (28 hours theoretical and practical lesson) included a final assessment the last day

    Day 1: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

    Day 2: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

    Day 3: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

    Day 4: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

    Day 5 :from 8.30 Final Online NI Assessment

    The DP Induction course is the first phase of the Nautical Institute (NI) DP Operator Certification Scheme.

    An Operator Induction (Basic) Certificate and NI Dp Logbook accreditated by the Nautical Institute will be issued on successful completion of the course.

    Course comply with STCW Part B V/f – Guidance on the Training and Experience for Personnel Operating Dynamic Positioning Systems

    Training of Dynamic Positioning (DP) operators is conducted according to Nautical Institute’s (NI) certification scheme in a five-phase program:

    1. DP Induction course + Online Exam,
    2. On-Board Training,60 dp seatime days and Task section (Active/Passive)
    3. DP Simulator Course + Practical and Online Exam,
    4. On-Board watchkeeping Experience,60 DP sea time days (Active)
    5. Concluding with final candidate Master/SDPO assessment and Application Online (nialexisplatform.org)

    All of the five phases are witnessed and recorded by entries in a DP trainee logbook.



    The courses are weekly organized except the second, third week of August and the Christmas holiday season. In addition, courses are organized on request through private or corporate bookings.

    Call the number 081-5099303

    Send a mail to info@imat2006.it 

    or fill out the form below for further information.

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