Dynamic positioning (DP) is commonly used by vessels working in
the offshore oil and gas / renewable energy sector; subsea
operations, field construction, cable-lay, platform support and
other offshore related activities.
V.Ships Poland is on hand to ensure potential candidates are on
the right route for professional success.
A prospective DPO has to hold one of the STCW certificates
(Deck, Engine, ETO) or be an officer trainee.
Here is your step-by-step guide towards the DP Operator (DPO)
- The very first step is to get enrolled fora DP Induction/Basic
course provided by one of the approved DP training centres. The
course involves both theory and practice on a simulated DP system,
and offers the candidate all the primary know-how about dynamic
- The second step involves the Trainee DPO gaining practical
knowledge in the subject of dynamic positioning. Through the first
expedition on board a DP vessel, the candidate has a chance to
complete task sections of his DP Logbook.
- Anyone who has completed the first two steps becomes eligible
for a Simulator/Advanced course. This course involves simulated DP
operations including errors, faults and failures; giving
participants the opportunity to apply the lessons learnt in both
the Induction course and the DP sea time already accrued at
- The fourth step involves the candidate obtaining sufficient DP
watch-keeping experience, once again, on board vessels involved in
DP operations. Once all components of the DP training programme are
completed, a Statement of Suitability is issued by Master of the
last DP vessel.
- Finally, the prospective candidate applies on-line and forwards
all required documents to The Nautical Institute in order to be
awarded the DPO Certificate.
Please note: From 1st January 2015, there will be two
types of DPO certificates: Offshore and restricted to Shuttle