DP Simulator

Course Aims

On completion of the Simulator Course the student should be able to:

  • Carry out operational planning, risk assessment and hazard identification tasks
  • Set up the DP system for a particular task
  • Operate the communications
  • Analyses the trends
  • Discuss systems failures
  • Decide on courses of action because of systems failures
  • React to alarms and printer readout
  • Initiate DP Alert status alarms
  • React to all events occurring
  • Operate the desk under normal and pressured conditions
  • Practice effective teamwork
  • Apply the lessons learned to date.
  • ASOGs

Course Objectives

  • Operation of a DP system.
    • Demonstrate ability through participation in exercises to set up, operate and carry out manoeuvres using the DP system.
    • Demonstrate ability through group exercises to set up, operate and carry out manoeuvres using the DP system.
    • Demonstrate within the DP Simulator the operation of position reference systems, sensors and peripheral equipment associated with the DP system
    • Understand the operation of heading modes where the DP system continuously determines and automatically sets vessel heading to minimize power/thrust requirements
  • DP operations.
    • Interpret vessel plans and specifications.
    • Using vessel and other data such as capability plots (paper or electronic), footprint plots to assess the capability of the vessel to complete successfully any proposed operation without a loss of position after worst case failure.
    • Make appropriate contingency plans to cover foreseeable system failure or operational requirement.
    • Describe appropriate procedures to be followed when approaching a work site and transferring from manual/ joystick to DP control.
    • Etc.
  • Emergency procedures in DP operation
    • Recognise the conditions (as per main headings in failure mode check list – see final section of this annex – Thruster, sensors, position references, power, environment and miscellaneous) that will degrade operational or emergency status.
    • Recognise the warnings and alarms associated.
    • Evaluate the various factors to be taken into account subsequent to any system failure, determine and carry out appropriate corrective actions.

Course Assessment

  • Practical Assessment:
    Each candidate is required to demonstrate their competence to perform the tasks listed in the DP Set-up Practical Assessment Table
  • Online Assessment :
    The exam is composed of multiple choice questions and shall be completed in 1 hour. The online assessment will consist of 30 questions and shall be completed in one hour with a pass mark of 70%.

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum qualification is set at STCW Regulation II/1 ‐ II/2 ‐ II/3 Deck, Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6 Engine and Regulation III/6 for ETOs
  • Successfully completed DP Induction Course and passed the exam.
  • Successfully completed phase B: A minimum of 60 DP sea time days AND completion of task section on board a certified DP class vessel + company confirmation letter.


5 days


Max 4


The course will be conducted in English.

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