Dynamic Positioning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What is the Nautical Institute and how is it involved with Dynamic Positioning?

A. The Nautical Institute is an international body of maritime professionals committed to improving the safety and standards of the maritime industry. Its guidelines for the training and certification of Dynamic Positioning Officers are accepted as the industry standard.

Q. Are Marine Simulator System Dynamic Positioning Operator Courses accredited by the Nautical Institute?

A. Yes, our Dynamic Positioning Operator Courses are fully accredited by the Nautical Institute.

Q. Does Marine Simulator Systems issue Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?

A. No, only the Nautical Institute issue accredited Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates. Marine Simulator Systems issue the accredited training course certificates required to apply for an Operators Certificate.

Q. Are there different types of Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?

A. Yes, the Nautical Institute issue a Limited Operator Certificate to candidates who work predominately on Class 1 Dynamically Positioned Vessels. The training requirements for Limited and Full Operator Certificates are the same.

Q. Do Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificates carry an expiry or revalidation date?

A. No, Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificates do not have an expiry or revalidation date however Operators are typically required to complete a minimum of 12 months DP time within a 5 year period. There are currently a number of industry discussions on this matter and this situation may change in the future.

Q. Has Dynamic Positioning training been incorporated into STCW?

A. No, STCW does not encompass the training of Dynamic Positioning Operators although this may change in the future.

Q. I do not hold a STCW Certificate of Competence can I still train to become a Dynamic Positioning Officer?

A. Yes, there are a number of dynamically positioned units that do not require operators to hold a STCW Certificate of Competence.

Q. Can I attend the Basic (Induction) and Advanced (Simulator) Course together?

A. No, the Nautical Institute requires that candidates for the Advanced (Simulator) courses must have attended an approved Nautical Institute Basic (Induction) Course followed by a minimum of 30 days aboard a dynamically positioned understudying a Dynamic Positioning Operator before being eligible to attend the Advanced (Simulator) Course.

Q. Can Marine Simulator Systems provide me with the required Dynamic Positioning time?

A. No, due to the number of delegates attending our training centers, Marine Simulator Systems is unable to provide individuals with any time aboard a Dynamically Positioned vessel.

Q. Where can I find more information on Dynamic Positioning?

A. The following links will provide additional information:

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