Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation

NI approved Dynamic Positioning (DP) Induction

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation Course Overview

The Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation course involves both theory and practical training on Modal Training’s Kongsberg K-Sim Class C DP simulator. After completion, learners are able to explain the basic principles of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and the advantages and limitations that DP control of vessels offers.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation course. 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.

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation Course Content

On the Dynamic Positioning (DP) Appreciation course 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.


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

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.

Course Details

Duration2 days

Key Info

Area of SkillDynamic Positioning courses
Training TypeClassroom and desktop simulator

Contact us for dates

01469 428449

Resulting Qualification / Documentation

Upon successfully completing the assessments, Modal Training issue a Certificate of Completion.