Course General

 The Dynamic Positioning Induction course (DPIC) is a Nautical Institute (NI) certified training on automatic positioning system for floating vessels opened to deck officers and masters involved in navigational watchkeeping. The simulator training follows the highest level of conformance with NI basic requirements for delegates aspiring to become Dynamic Positioning Officers.

Aim and Objectives

 Operator errors during DP operations may lead to expensive downtime, or worse still; accidents or incidents resulting in damage, pollution, personnel injuries or fatalities. This implies the need for a comprehensive training program for key DP personnel along with accurate and realistic trainer systems. The course shall enable DPOs and persons working in an offshore environment to understand dynamic positioning principles and requirements. 

Course Description

This course provides basic knowledge about the offshore industry and the operation of vessels with dynamic positioning systems. General information about offshore activities, vessel types (AHTS, OSV, Jack-Up Vessels, Pipe Layers, Diving Support etc.) as well as information concerning principle operation modes and different classes will be given. The DPO education, record books and NI certification is also covered.  

Teaching Methods

The course shall be a blend of interactive classroom instruction and discussion followed by realistic practical exercises in a Full Mission DP Simulator according to Nautical Institute’s (NI) certification scheme. The five phase program shall include; introduction course, seagoing familiarization, followed by advanced shore-based simulator course, supervised DP watch keeping, and concluding with final candidate assessment  

Entry Requirement

 Following the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, The NI has implemented the following minimum qualification for entry onto the DP Operators Training Scheme:
• Ship Handling Simulator Course
• STCW Regulation II/1 ‐ II/2 ‐ II/3 Deck
• Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6 Engine
• Regulation III/6 for ETOs
• Prospective DPOs who are in the process of training for an initial STCW or MVQ certificate can start the DP scheme and complete the Induction.

Target Audience

The course is designed for the following people: Officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships, Deck Officers, Chief mates, and Ship Masters, and Training Officers.

Training Equipment

HTTC uses the state-of-the-art NAVI TRAINER PRO-5000 Full Mission DP Simulator, a realistic high quality training simulator for DP activities and navigation with the different vessels in a fleet. The system is an innovative high performance concept designed for training of teams involved in transferring and supply of anchored mobile offshore units. The simulator is built on the Transas NTPRO simulator platform and the Dynamic Positioning (DP) is set to OSV 11 with engine design power 2 X 3500 and Thrusters rated at 1X883; 1 X 1120 drop down/1X883 and 2 Azimuth FPP propellers. The Transas DP Simulator meets and exceeds the requirements of both Nautical Institute and DNV SeaSkill schemes for Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) certification.


Course Duration

TBC – Classroom/Simulator






The simulator training will be conducted at the Hudson Trident Training Center (HTTC) located at No 6, Shaffi Sule Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State, Nigeria.

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