Course General

The HTTC state of the art Full Mission DP Simulators ensure that the DPO training is conducted according to the Nautical Institute and DNV SeaSkill training standards. The HTTC DP simulator training follows the highest level of Nautical Institute simulator training thereby significantly reducing supervised DP watch-keeping time on board.

Aim and Objectives

Operator errors during DP operations may lead to expensive downtime and or 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 understand dynamic positioning principles and requirements

Course Description

This course provides the 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 will also be 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 familiarisation, advance shore-based simulator course, supervised DP watch keeping and candidate assessment.

Entry Requirement

  • 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 course
  • 30 days DP sea time and task sections or Phase 2 of the Shuttle tanker scheme. 

Target Audience

The course is designed for the following people: Officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships, Deck Masters, Chief mates, Deck Officers, Ship Masters, Engine Officers, Engine Chief engineers, 2nd Engineer Officers, Electro-Technical Officer, Electronic Engineers, Crewing Managers, Quality Managers, Superintendents, Fleet Managers, Training Officers, Nautical Officers.

Course Duration

 5 days – 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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