DP Sea Time Reduction (STR) Course

Course Description:

The course is predominantly practical/operational in nature. It is simulator-based training with guided practical exercises that introduce the trainee to various DP operational modes. The supervised activity should be an opportunity for the trainee to spend extended and intense periods of time on DP station keeping. The period of supervised DP sea time days after the Simulator Course may be reduced by a maximum of 30 days by the satisfactory completion of an intensive DP Sea-time Reduction (Simulator) Course.

This course can be done straight after the Advance/Simulator Course, but trainee DPOs are required to do a minimum of 30 DP sea time days on board a classed DP vessel and have the Statement of Suitability signed by Master after the course.

Course Overview

The course is an optional element of the DPO training programme and can be done straight
after the Simulator Course, but the participant is required to do a minimum of 30 DP sea
time days onboard a classed DP vessel and have the Statement of Suitability signed by the
Master after the course. A company confirmation letter is also required for verification of
that DP sea time. The Sea Time Reduction training cannot be used for upgrading a certificate from Limited to Unlimited.

The Course Duration

This 5-day course is predominantly practical/operational.

The Course Aims

The Sea Time Reduction Course is an opportunity for the participant to spend extended and
intense periods on a DP station-keeping watch.

The participant will be challenged to enhance, consolidate and demonstrate his/her:

– Knowledge of the DP system and additional equipment and instruments
– Situational awareness
– Communications and team skills
– Ability to analyse trends and pre-empt problems before they arise
– Ability to evaluate and respond to alarms, faults and emergencies with calm
and confidence
– Ability to complete such administrative and safety-related procedures as
completing relevant checklists, filling in logs and performing thorough watch

The range of practical/operational exercises will include, but limited to the following:

– Saturation and air dive support
– Sub-sea construction and heavy lift
– ROV operations
– OSV operations
– Cable and pipe laying operations
– Drilling operations
– Offshore loading operations
– Carry out operational planning, risk assessment and hazard identification tasks
– Set up the DP system for a particular task/operation
– Decide on courses of action because of systems failure
Course Assessment
The DP Instructor/Assessor will ensure each participant obtains the maximum amount of
‘hands-on’ experience of operating the system and that only suitable participant is deemed
to have successfully completed the course.


The course will be conducted in English.

Revalidation Course

The DP Revalidation course is intended for those who have already been issued a DPO Certificate from the NI but are unable to revalidate their DPO Certificate due to insufficient DP sea time. The overall course aim is to update the DPO with the latest rules and regulations, position references and sensors, known DP incidents and lessons learned. At the end of the course, the student should:

  • Have acquired knowledge of the latest rules and regulations.
  • Have acquired knowledge of the latest developments within sensors and PRS’.
  • Have acquired knowledge of the latest relevant DP incidents and why they occurred.
  • Be able to recognize the various alarm, warning and information messages.
  • Carry out operational planning, risk assessment and hazard identification tasks.
  • Set up the DP system for a particular task/operation.
  • Decide on courses of action because of systems failure.

Delivery Method Training will be split equally between theory and practical exercises. Morning sessions will consist of review of prior DP knowledge and introduction to the latest information, while afternoon sessions will take place in MPT’s state of the art DP Simulators. Theory will be used to support the practical exercises as a briefing, a de-briefing and for demonstration purposes.


The Nautical Institute has developed a set of guidelines for those revalidating after the transition period for revalidation finishes on 31st December 2019. These guidelines are to provide information for those who have not yet revalidated their DP Certificate or are due to revalidate for a second time, and the actions required if they wish to revalidate. This guidance particularly applies to:

DPOs with DP Certificates issued before 2012

1) Any DP Certificate issued before 2012 that does not have an expiry date will expire on 31st December 2019.

DPOs with DP Certificates due for revalidation before 2020

2) Any DP Certificate issued after 2012 (and due to expire before 2020) that has not yet been revalidated will also expire on 31st December 2019.

The following points apply to all DPOs who are revalidating their certificate:

  1. i) DP sea time can only be claimed while a DP Certificate is valid. Time completed after the DP Certificate expires cannot be used towards any revalidation.
  2. ii) A DPO can still apply for their revalidation after the expiry date, however the new certificate will only be valid for a period of five years from the previous certificate expiry date.

iii) DPOs may apply after their certificate has expired if they have met the DP sea time requirements for revalidation while their certificate was valid. [This applies to revalidation based on 150 days or more of DP sea time, or revalidation based on less than 150 days of DP sea time, in which case, the person needs to complete the Simulator Course and a minimum of 30 days DP sea time].

  1. iv) If the DPO did not complete the required DP sea time for revalidation before the expiry of the certificate, then the following routes for revalidation are available for DPOs with an expired certificate:

(a) Take the Revalidation Course without DP sea time. Standard rules for revalidation with the course still apply.

(b) Take the Simulator Course with a minimum of 60 days DP sea time

  1. v) If a DPO cannot provide any evidence of the DP sea time within the last 10 years, or equivalent occupation or activities as recognised by the NI they will need to repeat their DP training starting with the Basic Course, and complete the training and sea time before a certificate can be issued.

Entry Requirements:

Passport, Seaman, COC, Basic course certificate, sea service confirmation letter, Logbook


5 Days


Phone Number: +201110516610

Contact Email: dp@pa-en.com

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