The last few years have seen a large increase in the number of Dynamic Positioning (DP) applications. To ensure the validity of these applications The Nautical Institute has improved its verification procedures. Through these improvements, our team has discovered cases where fraudulent documents and signatures have been submitted. This has resulted in the cancellation of the suspected DP operators’ certificate or rejection of the application.
In order to further improve the integrity of the application process, from 1st July 2011, The Nautical Institute will require additional documentation, in the form of a testimonial letter from shipping companies, to be submitted with every application.
This letter must match the following criteria:
When the requested confirmation letters have been obtained, please post/courier the originals to The Nautical Institute; (digital signatures, photocopies and emailed scans will not be accepted).
Note that this letter does not replace the entries, signatures and stamps in the logbook, which need to be sent along with this document to The Nautical Institute.
Please be aware that applications with confirmation letters not meeting with the above requirements will be subject to delay.
Sample DP letter:
The Nautical Institute has reviewed the DP Scheme in order to fit to the new STCW changes and conditions.
The following changes will apply from 1st of January 2012.
From 1st January 2012, The Nautical Institute will implement the following criteria for DP time acquired prior to Basic course:
A maximum of 30 days DP time gained prior to attending the Basic / Induction course will be recognised toward the award of a DP certificate.
These 30 days allow employers to continue the practice of evaluating prospective DPO’s prior to attending an Induction course.
From 1st January 2012, The Nautical Institute will implement the following criteria for entry onto the DP Operators Training Scheme:
Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications* will be considered on a case by case basis
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 watchkeeping training can only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW certificate of competency.
Prospective DPO’s, not meeting the above requirements will be able to apply for certification, if they commenced training prior to the implementation date and all elements have been completed within a 5 year period at the time of application.
Following implementation of the above all existing DPO certification will be honored and will remain valid.
The implementation date for this policy will be 1st January 2012
*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.
If you are unsure about whether you belong to this category please consult the Institute. Institute DPO Request
From 1st January 2012 all applications for DP Certificate must be done via our DP online system.
If candidates submit documents by post only, the Institute will not be able to process them and will return them.
The Nautical Institute will not be liable for documents lost by postal services in this case.
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