Dynamic Positioning Induction
- To acquire knowledge of the principles of DP.
- To acquire a basic understanding of how to set up a DP system.
- To get an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems.
- To recognize the various alarm, warning and information messages.
- To relate the DP installation to the ship system, including (but not limited to) power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems and nature of work.
- To relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current/tidal stream and vessel movement.
The training is based on the program outlined by the Nautical Institute Scheme of Training. Training is a mix of theoretical sessions and practical exercises on Kongsberg DP stand-alone simulators. All training is conducted as classroom training.
Clear objectives are set in Nautical Institute’s Training Scheme summarized as follows:
DP Control Station
- Define Dynamic Positioning and use of same.
- Define main components in the DP system and role of same, including advantages and disadvantages in the use of the DP.
- Discuss concept of mathematical model, and consequence analysis.
Power Generation and Management
- Describe the power generation and distribution arrangements in a typical hybrid diesel/ diesel-electric DP vessel, with particular reference to system redundancy as described in IMO MSC Circ. 645 and vessel FMEA.
- Describe the functions of a power management system as installed on Class 2 and Class 3 DP vessels and explain the concept of available power and spinning reserve in worst case failure.
- Describe the provision of uninterruptible power supply to the DP system.
- Propulsion Units
- Describe the types of propulsion systems commonly installed in DP equipped vessels
Position Reference Systems
- Describe the operation, principles and limitations of position reference systems in general.
Sensors (Heading, Motion, Environmental and External):
- Describe all sensor inputs, how they work, what they do and limitations.
- Describe the use of external force reference systems such as hawser tension, plough cable tension and pipe tension monitoring.
- Describe/explain the need for procedures, checklists and logbook entries, emergency and contingency planning.
- Describe the alarm messages provided on the DP system displays and on the DP printer, and recognize the alarms/warnings associated with loss of redundancy after worst case failure.
- Explain the use of worksite diagrams using Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates, projections and datum.
- List various providers of documentation and classification societies.
- Describe the hazards associated with DP operations conducted in areas with very deep water, shallow water and/or strong tidal conditions.
Practical Operation of a DP System
- Demonstrate the correct procedure for setting up on DP, and maneuvering in the different modes.