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Dynamic Positioning / Ice Navigation



DP Revalidation CPD New Requirements - 11 April 2023


The Nautical Institute works with Industry Stakeholders who recognise the importance of the mandatory CPD for the DPOs and DPVMs for their DP Certificate revalidation to improve their DP knowledge through a systematic approach to continuing professional development.


The Nautical Institute revalidation requirements will help reduce skill fade and help continuously upgrade skills to provide for safer DP Operations.


The Nautical Institute mandatory CPD requirements are in place from 1st January 2024. The DPOs and DPVM certificate holders must complete and demonstrate CPD during the five-year period of their certificate validity.


The NI has developed a timeline information graphic for DPOs and DPVM certificate holders. Please check which year your certificate is due for renewal and what CPD modules and courses you require.


The current list of accredited CPD suppliers can be found on our Accredited Training Centres page.

Our FAQs can be found in our Information Centre.



Suspended Delivery Service - 2 March 2022


Due to the current crisis in Ukraine, DHL has suspended all deliveries to Russia and Belarus for the foreseeable future. DHL are however, now delivering to some regions within the Ukraine.  Below is a list of the Regions/Cities that DHL are unable to deliver to.




We will be holding documents with a return address that is in either Russia, or any of the above areas until an alternative address is provided. If you wish to update your address, you may do this by signing into your Alexis Platform account and updating your personal details.


Please note that if you wish your documents to be returned to a company address, we will also require the name and job title of the person who is to receive the documents on your behalf.



Ukrainian DPOs Certification extension - 14 March 2022


The Nautical Institute has granted an immediate extension to the validity period of these DP Certificates due to expire during 2022. Please read the circular below for full details.

DPTC 002-2022



New Postal Address - 20 January 2022


We have moved to new premises. Our new postal address with immediate effect is 200b Lambeth Road, London, SE1 7JY, UK. All other contact details remain the same.


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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