DP Induction Course

DP Induction Course



Course Aims:

At the end of the course the student should:

  • Have acquired knowledge of the principles of DP.
  • Have acquired a basic understanding of how to set up a DP system.
  • Have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems.
  • Be able to recognize the various alarm, warning and information messages.
  • Be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, including (but not limited to) power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems and nature of work.
  • Be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current/tidal stream and vessel movement.




Course Objectives:


The following is a list of the objectives to be attained by trainee DPOs by the successful completion of the Induction Course.



By the completion of the training session or period for the DP control station the trainee should be able to:

  • Define Dynamic Positioning.
  • Explain the need for Dynamic Positioning in various types of vessel.
  • Describe the six freedoms of movement of a vessel.
  • State which of the six freedoms of movement are controlled under DP and which are monitored.
  • Describe the following aids to maneuvering commonly fitted to DP vessels, including their practical and operational advantages and disadvantages: fixed and controllable-pitch propellers, azimuth thrusters, Azipod thrusters and tunnel thrusters.
  • List the seven main components of a DP system; DP Operator, DP computer (or controller), DP Operator station, position reference systems, sensors, power supply and thrusters.
  • Describe the various modes of DP operation, including manual control, semiautomatic control and automatic control. In addition, describe the following common specialist functions: ROV follow (follow sub), follow target, track follow (autotrack), minimum power (weathervane) and riser angle mode.
  • Discuss the concept of mathematical modelling of vessel behaviour characteristics and appreciate the advantages and limitations/disadvantages of this technique.
  • Outline the power requirements of a DP vessel system and describe a typical diesel-electric power installation.
  • Describe the following position reference systems commonly associated with DP installations: INS, Differential GNSS, hydro acoustic, taut wire, Artemis, FMCW Radar and laser-based systems.
  • Describe the following sensors associated with DP installations: vertical reference sensor/unit, motion reference unit, gyro compass, wind sensor (anemometer) and manual draught input sensor.
  • Describe the concept of centre of rotation and the provision of alternative centres of rotation.
  • Describe consequence analysis as carried out by a Dynamic Positioning system.



Participants Comptencies

Participants must hold appropriate STCW certification, or state equivalent or be studying towards an appropriate recognized certificate.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their STCW certificate, or equivalent, with them for verification of identity and eligibility, as well as one passport photo for their logbook.


Course Duration: 5 Days

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 2 participants