DP Vessel Maintainer

Course Aims

This course is essentially a course with practical guidance and information and provides training and qualifications for engineers, engine officers, ETOs on ships subject to the technical team. The course consists theory and practical exercises structured around the safe operation of DP Ships, DP classes, design of DP installations, propulsion machinery, auxiliary system, and power generation machinery.

The trainees will also be familiarized with and trained on different PRS using power points, videos, real PRS/simulators. They will be introduced to the basic working principles of various PRS, their importance in the DP system and operations, interface with the DP system.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of the theoretical and practical operation of DP systems.
  • Technical understanding of the component parts of the DP and associated systems.
  • An understanding of the limitations of equipment and the effects of equipment failures. An understanding of the limitations and the effects of incorrect operation of the systems.
  • An understanding of work which can safely be undertaken with and without the help of equipment manufacturers, and more importantly, when to stop before affecting the vessels capability to perform DP operations or redundancy.
  • The ability to fault find the DP system and its base components.
  • An understanding of FMEAs and the philosophy of system redundancy.
  • An improved ability to operate the Engine Room and DP equipment in a safe and competent manner. An understanding of MTS vessel design philosophy and MTS fundamentals.
  • An understanding of cross connections and effect on redundancy.
  • This course covers DP knowledge and vessel / Type Specific on board equipment training.

Course Assessment

  • Online Assessment
    The exam is composed of multiple choice questions and shall be completed in 1 hour 15 minutes. The online assessment will consist of 40 questions and shall be completed with a pass mark of 70%.

Admission Requirements

The minimum qualification is set at STCW Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6 Engine and Regulation III/6 for ETOs. The Nautical Institute will also accept anyone on a case by case basis that holds a technical officer’s position on any DP vessel. This does not include ratings.


5 days


Max 8


The course will be conducted in English.

Course Booking

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