Recommended Training Courses for Other Personnel Involved in DP Operations 

-Course content in line with the Nautical Institute and STCW Section B-V/f*.4.5.6 

(a generic DP course is primarily for personnel requiring an understanding and awareness of DP operations but who otherwise would not be expected to operate the DP control system.)  

After the course, the successful participants are able to:

  • Define the principles of DP
  • Recognise the component parts of a DP system
  • Understand the relationship between vessel movement, position reference systems, 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 the operation of computers
  • Describe propulsion units, types and configurations
  • Understand power supply, redundancy and management
  • Practice communication and watch handover procedures.

No special previous competence required.

For those who do not fit into the STCW regulation, such as Ballast Control Operator, Barge Supervisor or Offshore Managers,Shore based personnel, Technical inspectors, fleet managers and other office or client personnel who have a need for general knowledge about dynamic positioning.  and/or other non-Certificate of Competence qualified operators.

Training centres accredited by the NI will be authorised to accept them into the Induction Course under the following conditions:

  • The Induction Course has to be delivered with a new title such as ‘DP awareness’ and not Induction Course as it states in the NI DP scheme; the NI asks centres not to use any name for the new course that might create confusion or similarity with the DP scheme. Example: DP Familiarisation.
  • The certificate for this course (DP Awareness) cannot have the logo of the NI on it.
  • These students cannot obtain the NI DP logbook after the course.
  • These students cannot do the NI online assessment after the DP Awareness Course as the assessment is only applicable for those who are part of the NI DP scheme.
  • 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
  • Valid Personal Document
  • N.I.P. Code or Tax Identification Number
  • Professional Certificate in Offshore industry
  • IMCA Logbook (if applicable)

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.

The participants knowledge will be checked by IMAT Centre internal assessment system.

Practical Assessment: Not applicable

The Course is total 4 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  Final Centre Assessment (coffee break/Lunch included)

Certification of attendance will be issued.

The certificate for this course (DP Awareness) cannot have the logo of the NI on it



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 

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