Dynamic Positioning Training

Aboa Mare provides Nautical Institute accredited DP Induction, DP Simulator, DP Revalidation and DP Refresher and Competency Assessment courses. 

A Dynamic Positioning (DP) system controls a vessel´s heading and position precisely e.g. when anchoring isn't possible, by continually balancing environmental forces. Aboa Mare is accredited by Nautical Institute for training in Dynamic Positioning since 2009. 

At Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center, we use the latest state-of-the-art simulator equipment and pedagogical tools to provide an enhanced maritime training experience in a simulated environment, promoting teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making and confidence. We are specialized on simulation, ice navigation (Polar Code and azimuthing propulsion courses in ice) and IGF Code courses for LNG fueled ships. 

4-day course that introduces the trainees to various DP operational modes through theory and practical simulator exercises. The DP Induction course is accredited by Nautical Institute. The simulator exercises are carried out with Navis NavDP simulator.

Upon completing this training, the participant will

  • have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning
  • have acquired a basic understanding of how to set up a DP system
  • have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems
  • be able to recognize the various alarm, warning and information messages
  • be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, including (but not limited to) power supply, manoeuvring capacity, available position reference systems and nature of work operations
  • be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current/tidal stream and vessel movement

The DP Simulator Course provides advanced training in Dynamic Positioning in accordance with the curriculum recommended by the Nautical Institute. Masters, navigating officers and, where relevant, others on watch on the navigating bridge, or other location, are given ‘hands-on’ control at the DP control console. The Nautical Institute has accredited Aboa Mare Training Centre. The course is carried out with Navis Dynamic Positioning System. A trainee successfully completing this course should have acquired a thorough knowledge of the practical aspects of DP operations. He/she should be capable of planning and conducting any DP operation, including risk assessment, contingency planning and assessment of vessel capability. He/she should be able to undertake the operation with due regard to all circumstances of seamanship and operational requirements. He/she should also be able to react correctly to any circumstances which could lead to catastrophic failure or which constitute catastrophic failure itself.


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The DP Maintenance course is provided by Navis Engineering. The DP Maintenance course (DPMT) in accordance with IMCA M117 -guideline provides technical training to give students the following understanding:

  • Basic knowledge of Dynamic Positioning
  • DP control system user interface, basic operations and system settings
  • DP control system operational principles and architecture
  • DP control system components and cabling
  • DP control system interfacing to peripheral equipment (power plant, thrusters, sensors, position reference systems)
  • Solo troubleshooting
  • Advanced troubleshooting
  • Establishing remote Internet access for Navis Service Team to the DP system installed on the vessel


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The DP revalidation course is an alternative way for the Nautical Institute to update an existing DP certificate issued by the Nautical Institute. The course is intended for individuals who already have a valid DP certificate issued by the Nautical Institute but have been unable to extend the certificate due to missing days at sea. The purpose of the course is to provide the individual with the opportunity to update his or her knowledge and skills on the latest industry rules, regulations, equipment, and methods, and thereby extend the validity of the DP Certification. The DP revalidation course can be completed 6 months prior to the date of renewal of the DP certificate set by the Nautical Institute. The course certificate is valid for 12 months. The course offered by Aboa Mare is accredited by the Nautical Institute and follows the NI standardized course program. The course lasts 34 hours (five days), with 50% theory, 50% practical simulator exercises. NI allows up to four participants per course. The Aboa Mare course uses the NI standard “class B” Navis Engineering DP2 simulator. The course is taught by a highly experienced DP operator.


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