DP Induction (Basic) Course


DP Induction Course (Basic)

Aquanaut Dynamic Positioning Centre is a DP training institute  that provides a DP Induction (Basic) course in Navi Mumbai (India)  as per NI guidelines. For the certification process, The Nautical Institute, UK stipulates that this is the first course that must be undertaken. Candidates applying for this course must be holding a valid COC. Course will commence on every Monday and the course duration will be 5 Days.

Objectives of the DP Induction (Basic) Course


  • To define “Dynamic Positioning” (DP) and understand the basic operating principle of Dynamic Positioning
  • To be familiarized with the history and back ground of DP evolution
  • To be familiarized with the components of the DP system, which include DP Operator, Computer control, Operating station (MMI), Thrusters and propellers, heading reference system, Position reference system, Sensors and Power
  • To understand the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) System of projections used in Maps
  • To be familiarized with the different types of Position reference systems , used in the DP system, including DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System), GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), Hydro-acoustic Position Reference (HPR) System, ARTEMIS, Taut Wire Position Reference System, Laser Reference System and Rada-Scan (FM Radio) Reference System
  • To understand the Advantages and Disadvantages of the DP system
  • To appreciate the DP system’s ability of “Redundancy”
  • To be familiarized with the types of DP systems. i.e. Basic & Integrated and their sub types and to understand the Equipment Class of DP
  • To understand the basic environmental forces acting on a vessel, and the resultant motions in the vessel.
  • To be familiarized with the “Heading reference Systems” used in DP and to understand their function.
  • To understand the different types of Environmental sensors used in the DP system including current sensors, wind sensors (anemometer) and motion sensors.
  • To understand the different types of Thrusters and Propeller systems that may be found in DP vessels.
  • To understand the Power Management System onboard DP vessels.
  • To understand DP bridge Procedures
  • To Understand the basic operating principles of DP system
  • To comprehend the “Mathematical Model” used in the DP system
  • To appreciate the forces (Mass and Drag Forces) acting on a vessel
  • To be familiarized with the ‘Kalman Filter” that forms part of the DP system
  • To understand the factors associated with the DP basic operating system
  • To understand the effects of Shallow water, DP operations
  • To understand the different Control Modes available in the DP system, including Joystick mode, Auto Position, Auto Pilot mode, Follow Target mode and Auto Track mode.
  • To understand factors that may lead to DP incidents (discussion of DP incidents / case studies)

Career opportunities

At “Aquanaut Dynamic Positioning Centre” the practical training sessions are very thorough and circumstantial and therefore, candidates get a better understanding of everything. Once a candidate clears this course, they gain knowledge of the principles and operating procedures of Dynamic Positioning. Dynamic positioning is used by much of the offshore oil industry for various applications such as Drilling, Pipelay/Cablelay, Dive support, ROV support, Well Intervention, Subsea Construction, Anchor handling, Offshore Supply etc coast There are currently more than 1800 DP ships.


ADPC offers various courses in Dynamic Positioning :


  1. DP Induction (Basic) Course
  2. DP Simulator (Advance) Course
  3. DP Maintenance Course
  4. High Voltage Course
  5. Basic Anchor Handling Course