DP Simulator Course

DP Simulator Course


Course Aims:

The Simulator course principally involves simulated DP operations

On completion of the Simulator Course the student should be able to:

  • Carry out operational planning, risk assessment and hazard identification tasks
  • Set up the DP system for a particular task
  • Operate the communications
  • Analyse the trends
  • Discuss systems failures
  • Decide on courses of action because of systems failures
  • React to alarms and printer readout
  • Initiate DP Alert status alarms
  • React to all events occurring
  • Operate the desk under normal and pressured conditions
  • Practice effective teamwork
  • Apply the lessons learned to date.
  • ASOGs


Course Content

The training is as outlined by the Nautical Institute Scheme of Training.

The Simulator course principally involves simulated DP operations allowing the participants to apply the lessons learnt in both the Induction course and the subsequent DP sea time days. It covers the following topics:

  • Practical operation of the DP system
  • DP operations
  • DP alarms, warnings and emergency procedures


Course Objectives:


  • Demonstrate ability through participation in exercises to set up, operate and carry out maneuvers using the DP system under the following control modes
  • Demonstrate ability through group exercises to set up, operate and carry out maneuvers using the DP system under the following control modes.
  • Demonstrate within the DP Simulator the operation of position reference systems, sensors and peripheral equipment associated with the DP system.
  • Interpret vessel plans and specifications.
  • Interpret information found on paper or electronic field charts relevant to the planning and conduct of DP operations.
  • Review FMEA and Annual DP Trials
  • Carry out a risk assessment exercise on proposed operations and determine the level of redundancy appropriate
  • Make appropriate contingency plans to cover foreseeable system failure or operational requirement.
  • Describe appropriate procedures to be followed when approaching a work site and transferring from manual/ joystick to DP control
  • Conduct vessel positioning maneuvers and station keeping functions following operational plan and procedures
  • Conduct appropriate watch handover procedures
  • Maintain the appropriate logbooks and records pertaining to DP operations including IMCA incident report form, fault logs, position reference systems logs.

Participants Competencies (Course Pre-requisites):

This course is intended for those who have completed the Induction Course and a minimum of 60 DP sea time days. These students should already have a good grounding in the practice and principles of dynamic positioning through their experiences in class and at sea.


A minimum of 28 hours teaching time is required for this course; if additional time is required to deal with paperwork or administer exams this time shall be added to the 28 hours. It is suggested that a split of 30% of the course time is spent on theory and 70% on practical exercises (including the time spent on briefing and debriefing).

Course Duration: 5 Days

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 4 participants