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Code No: 885

Guided Learning Hours: 8 hours



Course description:
The Dynamic Positioning Basic Training Course is an introductory level course which covers the basics of all areas of DP including:

  • DP system architecture
  • Basic Principles of DP
  • DP Modes of Operation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Risk Considerations

The course contains mixed media in the form of text, images, animations, video and audio.

Course outcome:
On completion of the course, users intending to become DP Operators will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of dynamic positioning to confidently undertake a programme of simulator exercises at a C-MAR DP Centre as the next step towards gaining a recognised DP qualification from the Nautical Institute.

Users who are shore-based will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of dynamic positioning to make informed judgements about DP issues and situations they encounter in their day to day work.

Main modules:

  • Introduction to DP
  • DP systems
  • Thrusters and propellers
  • Power systems
  • UTM projection
  • DP Sensors
  • Position reference systems
  • Using PRS data
  • PRS handling
  • DP modes
  • DP operating procedures
  • DP capabilities
  • DP operations
  • Risk considerations

Target users:

  • All those intending to become a DP Operator.
  • All shore-based personnel who need an understanding of DP as part of their job.

Course pre-requisites:
There are no pre-requisites for completing this course. If you intend to become a DP Operator, you will need to look at the Nautical Institute website in order to understand the full certification needed to become a DPO in due course. www.nautinst.org.


The course is aligned with the Nautical Institute DP Basic/Induction course syllabus. In the wake of the 2012 Manila amendments to STCW, specifically encouraging remote learning, Videotel and The Dynamic Positioning Centre will be applying to the NI to accept this course as a theoretical alternative to the Basic/Induction course. Students will still have to attend The Dynamic Positioning Centre for the practical and assessment elements, but they will be able to reduce their attendance time considerably.

Produced in association with:
C-MARas The Dynamic Positioning Centre - London, Singapore, Brazil and India

Produced in Association with:

CMAR Dynamic Positioning CentreCMAR Dynamic Positioning Centre