Courses: DP Awareness Course

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DP Awareness for Technical inspectors, fleet managers and other office or client personnel in accordance With DP Basic /ex assessment


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.


  • Definition of DP, elements of the DP system, DP systems redundancy, and DnV 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


The training will be a combination of theoretical lessons and practical exercises. During the course each participant will have his own operator station with generic DP software.


The DP Awareness course is identical to the DP Basic Operator, which is the first phase of the Nautical Institute (NI) DP Operator Certification Scheme.  However, NI requirements and examination are not applicable to delegates attending the DP Awareness course.  Participants from both course variants may be mixed on the same training sessions and delegates who wish to attend the DP Awareness course will be booked through our DP Basic Operator training schedule.


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No special previous competence required.


5 days (29 Hours)

Target audience

Technical inspectors, fleet managers and other office or client personnel who have a need for general knowledge about dynamic positioning.

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