Questions about Offshore work, DPO

So I’m currently studying in maritime academy and recently I’ve been reading about Offshore work and dynamic positioning, what would be the way to get to work on DP vessel and become an dynamic positioning officer in the future? I’m currently studying for officer/mate rank, its only my first year, so I have some time to think about what I’ll want to do.



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5 thoughts on “Questions about Offshore work, DPO

  • April 10, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    From what I’ve heard you need to get the official certificate from the Nautical Institue in Scotland. The costs for the official DP certificate are around 10000$ + housing and possible travel expenses. You can become a DPO officer but you should think about what that means. Just watching the autopilot for four hours is pretty boring. I though about it too but I think being a NWO is much better than going for DPO.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    I’m Captain on a supply vessel going offshore in the North Sea. DP watch keeping can be tedious, especially if your on a cable layer or drilling rig. The DPOs there tend to do very little. However on a supply vessel, construction vessel, anchor handler you do everything a deep sea officer would do in addition to the DP work.

    Also I think they are exaggerating the price greatly, the prices vary a little. But in Romania and Italy its about 1000euro per course, and you would need 2.

    First the DP basic, after that you need 30 days DP familiarisation onboard a DP vessel. After that you are able to take DP advance training. To get your full DP license you need 1 to 2 years of seagoing time to get the DP hours required for your licence.

    Head over to nautical institute website for details as is been a while since I had to go though that stuff. And a lot of things might have changed.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    It’s a fairly expensive certificate to obtain.
    If you want to do it, get the basic/induction course before applying to any company. It’s very rare they’ll take anyone in without that course.

    Imo it’s a glorified certificate, as DP is just a complicated autopilot.

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  • April 10, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    So for someone that has recently graduated and has their dp cert, where should I start looking for a job?

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  • April 10, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    DNV also has their own DPO certification, which in my opinion is better than the NI training. I have both certificates, and the DNV training was at a much higher level, including a practical final “drivers test” in the simulator…

    [https://training.km.kongsberg.com/Custom/dnv-gl-dpo-scheme](https://training.km.kongsberg.com/Custom/dnv-gl-dpo-scheme)

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