DP Awareness for Subsea personnel

This course is a 3 day version of the DP Induction course for DPOs that run over 5 days. The content is an extraction of the 5 day DPO course with focus on offshore operations utilizing DP. This course is meant to give all Operational Offshore crew positions a broad overview of DP as a technical system and what it can be used for, as well as the standards, Class demands and usage in offshore operations.

The course is for personnel from the subsea industry such as COOs, Engineering Managers, Engineers (all levels), Company clients, Offshore Managers, Shift Supervisors, ROV Supervisors and Survey Technicians. No nautical education is needed to participate in this course, but Offshore experience and knowledge of vessel operations is of great benefit.

After the course, the participants should be able to explain the principles of dynamic positioning operations and it’s technical structure. The participants will gain an understanding of DP principles and equipment, as well as be able to plan and use the different modes and possibilities in a DP system. The participants will also have an overview of DP Class demands and safety factors according to IMO MSC/circ.645 and plan the use of these in HAZOP/RAs/setup/operations. The course will also give examples of ASOG (Activity Specific Operational Guidelines), CAMO (Critical Activity Mode) and vessel operational scenarios.” The course follows extractions of the DPO training schemes and documentation, and we are using Kongsberg DP systems and manuals for the practical simulation exercises. Standard Industrial Guidelines are used to ensure up to date operational standards are followed.

Duration of the course is 3 days (24 hours) with 12 hours in DP simulator. The maximum number of participants is 8.


  • Define DP system principles, rules and regulations.
  • DP Classes.
  • DP control loop principle
  • Understanding and use of the different DP modes
  • Position References System sensors- their use and limitations.
  • Understanding of DP plot and Worst case scenarios.
  • Consequence Analysis
  • Redundancy understanding

Some homework is required.

 Time Monday Time Tuesday  Time Wednesday
  • Words of welcome
  • Rules and Regulations
  • IMO MSC-645
  • DP Introduction.
  • Planning DP operations.
  • ASOG and CAMO.
  • PRS
  • Sensors
1000 Coffee 1000 Coffee 1000 Coffee
1010 •DP System principles.

  • Modes & Operations
    • HMI-1
  • Power
  • FMEA
  • Consequence   Analysis
  • FMEA
1200 Lunch 1200 Lunch 1200 Lunch
  • Practical Exercise
  • Joystick mixed mode and Auto Position Mode
  • Practical exercises:
  • Auto Track mode
  • Co-ordinates
  • Practical Exercise:
    • Consequence   Analysis
    • Independant joystick
1400 Break 1400 Break 1400 Break
  • Practical Exercise:

Auto position

mode, power

and alarms.

  • Practical exercises:
  • Follow Target
  • Potential End Test
  • • Practical Exercise:
  • • Continue vessel operations based on needed training.
  • Understanding of Gain & Dampening in DP systems.
  • ASOG and understanding of this.
  • Communication onboard.
  • End Course
  • End Course
  • Homework
  • End Course
  • Homework

The course can be customized and extended in time and content if the customers want more detailed training in specific areas to cover Contractor/Client requests and documentation.If it is more preferable, the start time can be moved to 10 am on the first day.

After the course in concluded (written test optional) the participants will receive a Document of Evidence stating that the participant has passed DP Introduction course.

The course is based on Nautical Institute’s DP Induction course for DPOs. It follows industry standards and guidelines. If the course is held for å single company, Company/Client specific procedures for operations can be used.



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5529 Haugesund


Simsea Real Operations AS
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