Approved by FTA, we operate a dedicated training centre from our headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This state-of-the-art centre – the first establishment to be awarded a DNV Certificate of Excellence – provides specialist learning activities to specific industries and has broadened the portfolio of courses available to companies in the maritime, offshore, oil & gas industries in the region.
Both Basic and Advanced DP courses are offered by Elcome Training Institute, fully accredited by The Nautical Institute (UK).
Courses are based on world-class curriculum, and conducted by experienced and specially trained instructors. Participants are given ample time in a training simulator, along with classroom and group exercises.
Our state-of-the-art dynamic positioning training simulator in Dubai
courses offered & course schedule
At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning, be able to set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems. He/she should be able to recognise and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages. He/she should also be able to relate the DP installation to the ship system, e.g. power supply, manoeuvring facility, available position reference systems and nature of work. He/she should also be able to relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current and vessel movement.
DP – Basic Induction: Content
The training is based on the programme as outlined by the Nautical Institute Scheme of Training which follows the recommendations contained in The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines. Training is a mix of theoretical sessions and practical exercises on DP stand alone simulators. All training is conducted as classroom training.
- Describe principles of DP
- Describe the various elements of a DP system, including Position Reference system, sensors, power and state the requirements for redundancy including methods
- Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of practical operation of a DP system in various modes and use all relevant features available in exercises performed
- Describe principle, limitations and use of position reference systems
- Describe principle, limitations and use of sensors and ancillary equipment
- Describe typical power and distribution arrangements in diesel electric and non-diesel electric vessels. Describe UPS systems and typical PMS system. Recognize power requirements in DP vessels
- Describe and evaluate various propulsion and thrusters system and compare them to each other
- Describe procedures to be followed in a DP operation, including planning using vessel and field info, contingency planning, checklists, worksite approach, communication, hand over
- Describe datum used and understand UTM coordinates
- Describe documentation and log book requirements
- Describe arrangements made for DP operations in specialist vessels
- Describe hazards associated with deep and shallow water operations
The Nautical Institute, London.
Nautical Institute online assessment by multiple choice tests. Must be passed with 70% correct answers.
Minimum requirements for entering the DPO scheme are: Participants must hold either a STCW Regulation II/1 – II/2 – II/3 Deck or a Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine certificate. Valid certificate must be presented on the first day of the course as proof.
Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications* will be considered on a case by case basis.
*Marine Vocational qualification: is a non-STCW Certificate of Competency issued by a white list Maritime Administration for use in the administration’s local waters only.
Prospective DPO’s, who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate can start the DP scheme and complete Induction/basic course and 30 days Familiarisation only. The Simulator/Advanced course and watch-keeping training can only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW certificate of competency. A letter from an employing company or approved college must be presented on the first day of the course as proof.
Participants NOT fulfilling the above are allowed participating on the course, as a ‘DP awareness’ course. The certificate will state ‘DP awareness’ and will NOT be approved by The Nautical Institute. The course will not be considered as a part of the DP operator training scheme and the participant will not obtain a DP logbook for future training.
To give the student 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 also be able to react correctly to any circumstances which could lead to catastrophic failure or which constitute catastrophic failure itself. After completion of the course and after obtaining documentation of 6 months watch keeping experience as DP operator, the student can apply for a DP certificate at the Nautical Institute, London.
DP – Advanced Simulation: Content
The training is based on the programme as outlined by the Nautical Institute Scheme of Training which follows the recommendations contained in The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines. Training is a mix of theoretical sessions and practical exercises in simulators, using Kongsberg DP.
- By use of simulator equipment, the student must demonstrate ability to set up and operate DP system, including special functions as Auto track and follow target, sensors and associated Position reference systems.
- The student must demonstrate ability to carry out a DP operation. All elements of the operation must be adequately covered. This includes planning using all relevant information, contingency planning, worksite approach, use of checklists, communication, DP watch schedule, DP hand over and DP log book requirements.
- The student must describe the limitations of the DP systems during operations in shallow and deep waters.
- The student must demonstrate knowledge of conditions that will cause degraded or emergency status to prevail.
- The student must evaluate various information received and recognize warnings and alarms associated with catastrophic failures.
- The student must demonstrate correct behavior in connection with failures and take appropriate action to stabilize the vessels position after a failure.
Instructors will assess and score the candidate during theoretical and practical exercises. The course must be passed with 67% (2/3) of max score. The score sheet contains will be presented during start of course. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines.
Participants must have attended and satisfactorily completed an approved Dynamic Positioning (DP) basic course. Documented minimum sea-going DP familiarisation (30 days) with sufficient entries in the “Seagoing Familiarization Watch-Keeping Log” in the Nautical Institute training log. Participants must hold either a STCW Regulation II/1 – II/2 – II/3 Deck or a Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine certificate. Valid certificate must be presented on the first day of the course as proof. Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications* will be considered on a case by case basis. *Marine Vocational qualification: is a non-STCW Certificate of Competency issued by a white list Maritime Administration for use in the administration’s local waters only. Persons who have a DP Basic / induction course dated before January 1st 2012 can join the course, if the complete DPO training can be completed within a 5 year period.
The Nautical Institute, London.
Recommended admission level
Purpose of the assessment on day one is to make a gap analysis on the navigational skill level of the participants in order to give them the proper shiphandling training on day two.
- Day one: 1 Maritime instructor + 1 Simulator operator
- Day two: 1 Maritime instructor
- Day one: Simulator Assessment on basic navigational skills
- Day two: Shiphandling training and reviews on best practice.
To give the participants useful and operational skills and at the same time evaluate the overall skill level.
Individual reports on the participants will be delivered to customer after completion of the course.
Recommended admission level
This is open to Engineers on all levels.
The purpose of this course is to assess, evaluate and train the participants in a structured approach to generic problem solving and decision making.
- Table Top introduction exercise to assess the participants and to make them reflect on own skills concerning Problem Solving (PS) and Decision Making (DM).
- PS and DM theory including small exercises.
- Introducing “The Decision Making Cycle” (DMC) and “Prioritization Matrix” (PM) developed by Maersk Training.
- Table Top exercise similar to the introduction exercise using the DMC and PM as tools./list_item] Table Top exercises using DP-cases and the DMC/PM tools to solve them.
- Competence assurance and assessment on Marpol knowledge including DP skills.
The participants should after completion understand and demonstrate structured Problem Solving and Decision Making skills. The participants should during the course demonstrate level of Marpol and DP knowledge.
Minimum four participants. Maximum nine participants.
Individual reports on the participants will be delivered to the company after completion of the course.
- DP Basic Principle
- DP Elements – Reference, Sensors, OS, Controller, Thruster Cards, PMS, UPS
- DP Rules & Regulation – IMO, IMCA, Classification Societies
- DP OS Computer
- DP Thruster Card
- DP Signal Diagram
- DP Wiring Diagram
- Annual Sea-trial
- Capability Plot
- Foot print
- Basic fault finding procedure
- Simulator training
- DTS Pre
- DTS Post
Day 1 – DP Intro
- Block diagram
- Work on the system
Day 2 – DP Intro
- Man machine interface
- Main functions
- Rules and regulations
- Work on the system
- Annual sea-trial
Day 3 – DP Technical
- System arrangement
- Operating principles
- I/O system/list_item] Computers
- Consoles/list_item] Work on the system
Day 4 – DP Technical
- Messages, warnings, and alarms
- Preventive maintenance
- Corrective maintenance
- Work on the system
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 4
Type specific ECDIS training approved by the maker
The course is designed for navigating officers who has completed the generic ECDIS training according IMO 1.27/SCW 43.
ETC – MSG, Germany.
The makers of the Type specific ECDIS: JRC Alphatron / Raytheon Anschütz / Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine / Danelec / Chart World / SAM Electronics / Consilium / Imtech
- To fulfil the training requirement of type specific ECDIS as stated in the ISM code.
- To ensure high quality familiarisation of the specific ECDIS menus to be operated onboard.
- To encourage the safe use of ECDIS in aggravated and in dangerous situations.
- To familiarize to the appropriate “fall back” procedure for the ECDIS system.
- Description of the ECDIS system configuration
- Description of the menu structure
- Working with electronic charts, information settings and charts scale
- Sensor inputs
- Faults and alarms
- Route planning, safety check and Route monitoring
- Logbook definition and manual entries
- Charts installation and updating including manual updates
- Track steering Control
- Maintenance and update of the system
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:
- Explain the system setup and dual system options
- Recognise the menus and operate the navigation functions of the ECDIS
- Do a correct start-up and set-up safety parameters
- Analyse the Alarm menu and alarm log
- Make a route planning and validate the route for anti-grounding and special areas alarms
- Analyse and act on given alarms during route planning , save the route copy to back-up
- Select and monitor a route, terminate route monitoring
- Define the logbook settings and conduct manual entries
- Sort out and display relevant information with regards to the specific chart and area
- Install licenses, charts and update chart on the ECDIS
- Use the ECDIS system together with other integrated navigational instruments as backup and control, Radar targets and overlays, AIS targets and NAVTEX
- Recognize faulty sensor data and Operate the ECDIS in Dead reckoning mode
- Operate Track Control Steering function
- Maintain the ECDIS equipment according to manufacturer’s description
Minimum four participants
Course can be conducted either at Elcome Training Facility on simulator or at client’s ship/on-board.
- If course is conducted in Dubai campus: US$ 500/-
- If course is conducted at student’s location: US$ 650/-
This course is practical and theoretical and consists of a series of exercises performed on a ship handling simulator. Classroom lectures, to provide the necessary theoretical background for the exercises, are included. Particular items dealt with in these lectures are illustrated either by including them as part of an exercise or by separate simulator demonstration. The exercises increase in complexity as the course progresses and as trainees become familiar with the manoeuvring characteristics of the ship model and its response to the engine and helm in various conditions. The final exercises deal with the planning and execution of coastal passages, arrivals and departures and will make use of the knowledge and skills learned in all of the previous exercises. Equipment failure or malfunction will be introduced during the later exercises to afford trainees practice in taking emergency preventive action and to practice on bridge resource management in critical situations.
- Sensation, perception and cognition
- Human factors
- Standard manoeuvres
- Stress, fatigue and sleep
- Wind and current
- Communication & assertiveness
- Leadership & Cross culture
- Decision making and problem solving
- Shallow water, bank effect and interaction
- Briefing and debriefing
- Planning & Resource management
- BRM in accordance with STCW- convention incl. Manila amendment Table A-II/1 and based on IMO model course 1.22.
Goal or objective
- Describe the theory behind above contents
- Use a bridge simulator to access the theory
- Get the participants into the zone of proximal development
- Demonstrate the appropriate manoeuvres exposed to wind, current, shallow water and bank effect.
- Demonstrate how to observe and give feedback
- Make the bridge team work as one team
Five days of mixed theory and simulator exercises
Max 6 participants divided into two bridge teams and using one simulator.
The course will be conducted in English
This course combines theory of ship handling with practical exercises in the simulator. The participants should, upon completion of the course, demonstrate conning of the vessel in different operational situations.
Ship Handing – Level I
The aim is to give an understanding of the theory of ship handling and put it into practice with hands-on programs in the simulator which are set according to industry guidelines and likely scenarios. It’s suitable for deck officers with less than three years experience in manual ship handling. Other personnel can also participate on a case-by-case approval. The level 1 course is for less experienced personnel, but we have found that experienced personal can also gain from it.
Ship Handling – Level II
More than three years experience in manual maneuvering offshore vessels is the basic requirement for the second level. In addition to it, participants are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and practical skills needed to manually handle a vessel. Extensive use of the full-mission simulator is provided, and the nature of the course is extremely intense.
- Basic manoeuvring theory with focus on Offshore Support Vessels and their special working conditions
- Basic bridge team management skills
- Introduction to Dynamic Positioning
- Case studies and accident analysis
- Calculation of wind/current, and their influence on the operation
- Basic knowledge about offshore installation terminology
- Safety of personnel, vessels, offshore installations, and environment
- Planning of operation
- Risk assessment
- Management of change
- Contingency planning of thruster, rudder, and propeller failure
- Contingency operation during thruster, rudder, and propeller failure
- Contingency operation in a semi-blackout
- Execute operation connected to a rig during rapid changes in current and wind direction and speed
- Training safe and correct changeover between forward and aft bridge
- Training safe and correct changeover between manual, joystick, and dynamic positioning manoeuvring mode
The course will be conducted in English.
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