Dynamic positioning (DP) is essential to an ever increasing number of maritime sectors. Today there are over 1,000 DP-capable vessels, and whilst the majority of them are operationally related to the exploration or exploitation of oil and gas reserves, DP is a technique used extensively in many other fields, including diving, ROV operations, survey and marine construction all over the world.
In conjunction with C-MAR’s The Dynamic Positioning Centre, Videotel Marine International has developed a new Dynamic Positioning Basic Training Course which it is launching at this year’s European DP Conference in London, 24-25 May. Delegates are invited to visit The DP Centre’s stand to take a close up look at the course during live demonstrations, and obtain useful information on the structure and scope of its content.
Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel understands the growing interest in this once arcane discipline. “A basic knowledge of DP is becoming increasingly important to a wide range of maritime professionals,” he says. “The rise of the offshore oil and gas industry and its constantly changing demands has brought about great developments in the field of DP. Yet interestingly this growth is not now confined to those industries, and at least a basic knowledge of DP has become important to many, both based at sea and based on-shore.”
The course is aligned with the Nautical Institute DP Basic/Induction course syllabus and covers all areas of DP, including system architecture and basic principles, together with modes of operation, operational procedures and risk considerations. It contains mixed media in the form of text, images, animations, video and audio and offers a stimulating and flexible approach to training.
On completion of the course, which reduces the training time required at a C-MAR DP Centre, users intending to become DP Operators will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of DP to confidently undertake a programme of simulator exercises as the next step towards gaining a recognised DP qualification from the Nautical Institute. Users who are shore-based will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of dynamic positioning to make informed judgements about DP issues and situations they encounter in their day to day work.
It is available as an online course and should take approximately six hours to complete.