Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness

NI approved Dynamic Positioning (DP) Induction

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness Course Overview

The Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness course is an unaccredited course, designed to give participants an understanding of the basic principles of Dynamic Positioning, it’s advantages, limitations and common failure modes.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements to the Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness course. This course is intended for Technical inspectors, fleet managers and other office or client personnel who would benefit from a greater knowledge about dynamic positioning systems.

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness Course Content

The Dynamic Positioning (DP) Awareness course involves both theory and practical training on Modal Training’s KONGSBERG K-Sim Class C DP simulators.

In addition to introducing participants to the basic principles surrounding DP and the advantages and limitations of the different systems, this course will also cover Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and has more of a focus on rules and regulations than the DP Appreciation course. After successfully completing the course participants will be able to:

  • Define the principle 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 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 maneuvering 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 will have his own operator station with generic DP software.


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 more detailed introduction to dynamic positioning, and it’s role in modern seafaring. Participants may want to consider our 2 day DP Appreciation course if they require a less thorough understanding.

Course Details

Duration4 days

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