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Dynamic Positioning (DP)

Dynamic Positioning technology enables a vessel to maintain its position and heading using sophisticated positioning systems and control system technology for its own thrusters and propellers. It facilitates work in much deeper waters than vessels using traditional anchors and is widely used in the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy and related industries.

NRMC   is continuously setting out industry good practice based on the cumulative experience of our members to help ensure safe and efficient operations.

  • Guidelines for the Operation and Management of DP Vessels
  • Training & Certification of Key DP Personnel
  • Continuous development & Research on various DP related Programmes for Industry best practice.
  • NRMC Guidelines and support to identify trends and common causes or potential hazards that can be addressed in discussion with vessel operators, equipment manufacturers, training establishments and others.

DP Training Provider Accreditation System

Currently NRMC is offering Accreditation in following DP Course Training System:
Course ID Course Name
NR07000 Ship Dynamic Positioning course (Induction)
NR07001 Ship Dynamic Positioning course (Advance)
NR07002 Ship Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tanker course (Induction)
NR07003 Ship Dynamic Positioning Shuttle Tanker course (Advance)
NR07004 Certificate of Competency -Dynamic Positioning Operator ( DPO)

Accreditation is defined by NRMC as the systematic verification of the processes, procedures, methods and techniques employed to deliver a maritime training product or service in accordance with standards defined, co-developed or approved by The Nautilus Register Marine Consortium.. Accredited training providers have demonstrated that their product or service meets the standard required for NRMC accreditation. This award is normally valid for a period of not more than three years.

The Nautilus Register Marine Consortium (NRMC) is an international representative body for professionals in Marine Offshore ,Maritime ,Oil & Gas Industry as well as Ship Building . The NRMC offers a wide range of accreditation services, from being the major recognized international certification provider for Dynamic Positioning (DP) training to providing one-off audits for compliance with a known standard. It has the capability to operate a full international certification scheme or to work on behalf of Flag Administrations as a designated authority. The NRMC is  accredited to ISO 9001:2015.

There are two major benefits to using The Nautilus Register Marine Consortium for accreditation work.

First, the NRMC can accredit to a uniform standard on a worldwide basis. This is a particular advantage where ships’ crews are concerned. In the case of dynamic positioning, for example, an officer can take the dynamic positioning operations induction/basic course from a provider in one country and the follow on simulator/advanced course from another provider in a different country. Because there is just one international standard, all certificates are recognised worldwide without question.

Secondly, as a professional body, the NRMC is not only concerned with carrying out the accreditation, but also in learning from the process in order to make recommendations to improve the international standard as well as individual training programmes.

The NRMC provides a high-quality and cost-effective accreditation service. We maintain these standards in a number of ways:

1. The NRMC engages independent auditors and technical consultants drawn from industry with expertise in the subject under assessment.
2. Independent auditors/consultants are organized in regional teams which are guided and managed by the Accreditation Manager at The Nautilus Register Marine Consortium Secretariat..
3. NRMC auditors are trained and annually refreshed to ensure that they meet the criteria of Continuing Professional Development.
4. Where appropriate, the Institute organizes an annual users and trainers forum to discuss problems, identify trends and consider improvements. Feedback is always provided to continually improve standards.
5. The Consortium has published stakeholder newsletters to keep training providers within a scheme current with recent developments.

As an example of the level of service we can provide, the consortium carries out accreditation for Induction and Simulator DP training at more than 42 training centres around the world. Further, it verifies completion of sea time and training requirements for over 11,000 DP operators on a global basis.


Factors to be considered when seeking approval from The Nautilus Register Marine Consortium.

There are many different ways to gain approval for training programmes and it is necessary to consider both the appropriate authority and the funding arrangements. For example, Certificates of Competency and the associated short courses are approved under the STCW convention by Maritime Administrations. Under these circumstances, the Maritime Administration may decide to delegate authority to The NRMC to approve a course on their behalf.
Many educational and vocational training programmes are linked to national funding arrangements. The education authorities providing the funding generally have procedures for validating and accrediting approved courses. Under these circumstances, The NRMC would not seek to become involved unless the education authorities delegate this function.
Training providers offering specialist training which is not mandatory or funded have a number of options to obtain external recognition for the training they provide. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach.