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All vessels using a dynamic positioning (“DP”) navigational system must be operated by a dynamic positioning operator (“DPO”). Given the technical nature of the DP system, and the demanding nature of the maritime profession, DPOs must be specially trained and skilled to handle the DP system at sea.
The Nautical Institute is an industry-recognized licensing body for qualified DPOs. An individual must follow the following training scheme, in the precise order of the steps listed below, to receive DP certification by the Nautical Institute:
Several training centers in the United States, including DP Training Solutions, offer this course and the Advanced Course throughout the year.