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Dynamic Positioning / Ice Navigation



Nautical Institute Christmas and New Year Closure Dates - Dec 2017

Our offices will be close at 1pm (GMT) on Friday 22nd December and will re-open at 9am (GMT) on Tuesday 2nd January.  


Navigation Assessor Course - Nov/Dec 2017

The Nautical Institute's courses for navigation assessors have proved very popular since they were introduced earlier this year. Successful courses have recently been run in Hong Kong, Dublin, Cyprus, Hamburg and Singapore. The next ones are being held in Hamburg (27 - 28 November) and Athens (11 - 12 December). Click here to find out more.


Ice Navigation Scheme Launch - Jul 2017

On 1st July 2017, The Nautical Institute launched the new Ice Navigation Scheme. Click here to find out more.


Recruitment Scam for Seafarers - Feb 2017

The NI has been notified of a current recruitment scam from fraudsters claiming to be "representatives" from Swire Pacific Offshore offering job roles within the company. Please click here for further information  


DP Revalidation Course and Logbook - Jan 2017

Don't have enough DP sea time to revalidate? Check our DP accredited training centre list to see where the new Revalidation Course is available. For more information on the course please visit our Revalidation help pages. 


The Nautical Institute Revalidation Logbook is now available for purchase for an introductory price of £25.00 (excluding VAT). This new logbook can be used for revalidation and conversion of a Nautical Institute DP Certificate and can be bought online here. For more information click here.


NMD Equivalent Certificate Guidance - Nov 2016

If you are a holder of an NMD DP certificate and wish to gain a Nautical Institute equivalent certificate please find more information here


Having I.T. Issues with the online application? - Nov 2015

Please check here if the scenario you are facing is under test or development and get instructions on how to proceed in these scenarios: Advice to DP Applicants - Nov 2015


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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For details on upcoming Nautical Institute events and discounts available at industry conferences and seminars please visit The Nautical Institute website.




DP Operator HandBook

This re-issued handbook contains updated, full colour diagrams and photographs, and concentrates on operational functions, bridge management, communications and the correct ways to set up, test and monitor equipment. It provides a summary of good practice which can be referred to when planning and in conversation to clarify intentions. The book complements the DP Operator's scheme and is a handy reference for officers transferring to new vessel types and a refresher for operational practices. The DP Operator Handbook and many other titles including our current book of the month offer can be found in our bookshop.


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