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The Nautical Institute and IMCA launch new CPD App for Dynamic Positioning Operators - 24 March 2021


The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have worked together to develop a Dynamic Positioning Operators (“DPO”) continuing professional development (“CPD”) app which is launched today (24 March 2021). Feedback from industry is that CPD is an effective means to combat knowledge and skill fade, and this scheme will be a welcome addition to the market and the DPO community alike.


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NI DP Accreditation and Certification Standard 2021 - 25 January 2021


The 2021 Dynamic Positioning Accreditation and Certification Standard Volumes 1 and 2 have now been published, and are available to view and download here


This includes the introduction of a brand new training scheme for DP Vessel Maintainers (DPVMs) - key technical DP personnel in a range of non-bridge watchkeeping roles with existing experience, as well as those wishing to train.  Details can be found in Annex I of Vol 1, as well as in the upcoming February edition of Seaways.


Coronvirus (COVID-19) Update - 6 January 2021


Due to the new lockdown restrictions in the UK, there will be a further reduction of staff present at the NI offices. This means that there will be a delay in the return of documents and certificates once processed. The Certification Team will still be processing remotely and issuing paper versions of the certificates via email. The card certificates will then be sent as soon as possible and an email from our courier will be sent automatically once they have been collected.. Thank you for your patience.



DP Certificate Revalidation - New Online Process - October 2020


The DP revalidation process has now been updated to be an online only application. This means that the revalidation of your documents will be based on the uploaded scans and the new DP Card certificate will then be sent out from our office. Please be aware that the PDF Checklist will not show for any revalidation application as this will be done on the checkout page when applying. You will not need to send your documents into our office unless specifically requested to do so.


Please note that these changes will apply only to those who have completed the declaration on the checkout page when applying. If you applied before these changes, you will still need to send your documents into our office for processing. 


Update to Initial Dynamic Positioning Training - 12 June 2020


Offshore New Scheme/Shuttle Tanker Scheme Initial Training


The training time for initial certification for those on the New Offshore Scheme and Shuttle Tanker scheme has increased from four to five years. This is for those who started the scheme after 1 January 2015 and hold a grey A5 offshore logbook or a burgundy/red A5 shuttle tanker logbook.   These arrangements provide an enhanced opportunity for DPOs to complete their training when fewer opportunities for on-board experience are available. 


Offshore Old Scheme Initial Training

The training time for initial certification for those on the Offshore Old Scheme has been increased from five to six years. This is for those who started the scheme before 1 January 2015 hold a small blue logbook, or an A5 black logbook with a logbook number starting 121. If you are applying online, please contact us to make your application eligible.


Revalidation Applicants

DPO’s whose certificates are due for revalidation from 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 are still able to apply for their new certificate in the normal way. Those due for revalidation are being processed online and so applicants should ensure that their scanned documentation is clearly legible to avoid queries and delays.


When a new certificate is issued, this will be issued for 5 years from original expiry date.


 All Applicants

The Nautical Institute is still accepting documents into the office and processing applications so if you are ready to apply, please complete your application online and send your documents into our office.  


Once your application has been processed on-line, a letter with your certificate details will be issued and a PDF ‘logbook’ document will be downloadable from your account so that you can continue to record any DP time whilst you are waiting for your logbook to be returned with your new DPO Certificate.


Coronavirus: help and guidance from The Nautical Institute - 23 March 2020


Visit our coronavirus information page, designed to provide you with practical help and advice in coping with the current health crisis.


Coronvirus (COVID-19) - 20 March 2020


In response to the global impact of COVID-19 and in accordance with the advice of the UK authorities, The Nautical Institute is currently running with reduced office staff. Be assured we are making every effort to minimise the impact on the certification processes for DPOs while looking after the well-being of our staff.

This notice gives guidance on the actions being taken and the impact on applications.


Please be guided by the following:


Initial applications

The online application system remains open and applications are still being accepted. Please note that there are likely to be delays in processing applications.


Revalidation Applications

Certificates due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 will be extended for an additional 6 months (this will show on the certificate look-ups early next week). When revalidation of your current certificate is complete, the new certificate will be valid for no more than five years from the original expiry date. 

If revalidation documents have already been sent to NIHQ, a new indemnity letter will be issued shortly. This will extend the indemnity period by six months. This means it will be valid for nine months instead of the normal three.

If you have already applied and completed your application online, but have not sent your documents, we are still accepting these applications. Please note that there are likely to be delays in processing applications.


Ice Navigation Applications

These applications are still being accepted. Please contact


In all cases:

If you need to contact the certification team, please note that due to the coronavirus outbreak many Nautical Institute staff are working from home. As a result, we are currently unable to take telephone calls. Please instead contact us via the help centre


We thank you for your understanding at this time.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance from Ship Operators - March 2020

Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers - issued by the International Chamber of Shipping

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance


Offshore Logbook - Task Sections - Jul 2015

Affecting logbook numbers with the range of 15OF0205001 and 15OF0210000

If you have been issued with an Offshore scheme logbook with a number between 15OF0205001 to 15OF0210000, please note the training centre which originally issued that logbook will be contacting you shortly. They will supply additional pages containing the sign-off sheets for tasks that are missing in those numbered logbooks only.

These extra task sheets will need to be filled in by the DPO and Master on board and added to your application when you are ready to apply for your certificate. If you have a logbook with one of the above numbers, these four tasks will be accepted if they are signed off during Phase D DP seatime. All other tasks must be completed during Phase B, as per the scheme standard. The application will be deemed unsuccessful if the tasks in the logbook are not signed off correctly.


Please see below circular for more information and copies of the additional pages.

Circular 007/2015 with additional task sections missing in the Offshore logbook. 

What is DP?

Dynamic Positioning is a vessel capability provided individual systems & functions.

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How do I apply?

Please apply online using our DP application process.

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Got a DP query?

Please refer to our FAQs and Guidance Notes.


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