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Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation course

Course Overview

Course Content

The course is delivered in English and requires participants to have a good standard of verbal and written English, including industry relevant terminology.

Participants will learn the following: 

  • Role and Certification of DP operators 
  • The functions of a DP system, Vessel Model and DP principles 
  • DP system definitions, elements of a DP system, DP systems redundancy and Class Requirements 
  • IMCA guidance for DP vessel operation 
  • Rules and regulations 
  • DP Checklists and FMEA 
  • Demonstration and practical exercises 
  • Introduction to sensors and position reference systems and the DP system’s use of position measurements 
  • Vessel capability, DP consequence analysis and DP motion prediction
  •  DP Alert System 
  • Thrusters and manoeuvring systems 
  • Power systems and Blackout Prevention
  • Documentation  
  • Open discussions

The course provides participants with the following: 

  • An understanding of how the DP control system, vessel sensors and position references operate. Their limitations and importance is also covered
  • An understanding of redundancy and importance of the DP system’s component parts; power generation, power distribution, thrusters, power management, DP control system, sensors and communications
  • A knowledge of the types of incidents that have occurred including; drift off, drive off, other losses of position caused by operator error, equipment failures or procedural matters, either singly or in combination 
  • An understanding of redundancy as applied to the DP system for classes specified by Lloyd’s, DNV/NMD, IMO and IMCA guidelines
  • Knowledge of physical failures such as fire and flood.

Course Benefits

Provides a broad overview of dynamic positioning, and it's role in modern seafaring. For a more in depth introduction, participants may want to consider our 4 day DP Awareness course. 

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements. This course is intended for:

  • People who serve on board DP vessels who need a basic understanding of the DP system e.g. Drive Superintendents.
  • Onshore staff who would benefit from a basic knowledge of dynamic positioning e.g. Fleet managers, client/office/project or technical personnel. 

Further Details



Area of Skill

Dynamic Positioning Courses

Training Type

Classroom and desktop simulator

Why Modal Training
Strategically positioned at the heart of the Humber Energy Estuary, we are the UK’s first centre for integrated, multimodal logistics training.