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DPO Preparation

Course information

Target group:

Masters, Chief Officers and Junior Officers to be employed on DP vessels as DPO.



At the end of the course, the aim is that the participant should have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning.

• Set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment including position referencing systems
• Recognise and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages
• Relate the DP installation to the ship’s system e.g. power supply, manoeuvring facility, available position referencing systems and nature of work
• Relate DP Operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current and vessel movement


• 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


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.


IMCA Guidelines IMCA M 117, IMO MSC Circ. 738 and DNV GLST- 0023-2014-04.


Certification of attendance will be issued upon successful completion of the course.


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