Sea Time Reduction


The main purpose of this course is to further enhance the ability and confidence in Operational Planning, Vessel Handling, Equipment Management, Communications, Teamwork and Recording of events to conduct safe DP operations.


The Sea Time Reduction course is an opportunity for the Trainee to spend extended and intense periods of time on DP station keeping and a challenge to the trainee to enhance, consolidate and demonstrate

  • their knowledge of the DP system and peripheral equipment
  • their situational awareness
  • their communication & team work skills
  • their ability to analyse trends and pre-empt problems before they arise
  • their ability to respond to situations, alarms, faults and emergencies with composure, reason & confidence
  • their ability to complete such administrative and safety related procedures as completing checklists, filling in logs and performing thorough watch handovers


Trainees shall be evaluated on the practical aspects of the course based on their overall performance during the conduct of the exercises and the Evaluation Exercise conducted at the end. Practical Evaluation shall be recorded on the Trainees’ Practical Evaluation sheet. A sample copy of ‘Trainees’ practical Evaluation has been appended below. A Witten Test (Multiple Choice Questionnaire) shall be held at the end of the course to evaluate trainee’s grasp of DP Procedures and Station keeping principles. Sample Copies of Practical Evaluation Sheet & Written Test Papers are appended in the Manual)

Admission Requirements

All trainees’ aspiring for this course shall have successfully completed the Nautical Institute accredited the DP Simulator Course (Phase 3 of NI Scheme) and shall be in possession of duly endorsed Nautical Institute DP logbook.


5 days


Max 3


The course will be conducted in English.