Dynamic Positioning - Basic

$3,000 USD

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Dynamic Positioning Induction
Training School:
STAR Center
Dania Beach, Florida, United States of America
5 days


At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning, be able to set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems. He/she should be able to recognize and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages. He/she should also be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, e.g. power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems and nature of work. He/she should also be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current and vessel movement.

The course certificate will state:

“Any applicant who successfully completes our Dynamic Positioning-Basic course will satisfy the DP training and demonstration of competence requirements of Nautical institute’s Dynamic Positioning Operator’s Training and Certification Scheme, Offshore Training and Certification, version 1.1, 2015, Phase A including; Principles of DP, Elements of the DP System, Practical Operation of the DP System, Position Reference Systems, Environment Sensors and Ancillary Equipment, Power Generation, Supply and Propulsion, DP Operations and; Nautical Institute’s D.P. Examination System, version 1.1.1, 2015, in order to operate vessels safely in DP with due regard for safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment IAW Section B-V/f of the STCW Code as amended.”


This course will familiarize participants with Dynamic Positioning Systems. The course covers the functionalities of a DP system including:

  • DP Control Station
  • Environmental Reference Systems
  • Power Generation and Management
  • DP Operations
  • Propulsion Units
  • Practical
  • Operation of a DP System
  • Position Reference Systems
  • External Forces Reference System
  • Heading Reference Systems

There will be twelve (9) lecture modules fortified with practical exercises using stand alone DP simulators. At the start of this course the Nautical Institute DP Operator's training scheme will be outlined including maintaining of the logbook and the procedure for obtaining the certificate.

Entry standards

Validation of STCW Certificate of Competency. This course is designed for Deck officers as the first step in the Nautical Institute’s training scheme towards DP certification. It is a requirement that Training Centers ask for and check the validity of Certificate of Competency of their students before accepting them into the DP basic course and DP scheme. Training Centers are required to check if students are in possession of a Certificate of Competency before accepting them into the DP basic course and DP scheme. See appendix D, Additional Reading, for more information.

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STAR Center

2, West Dixie Highway
Dania Beach
United States of America

Tel: (+1) 09549217254
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