Dynamic Positioning Sea Time Reduction

Short course

The purpose of this course is to give the prospective Dynamic Position Operator reduction in sea time. The period of supervised DP sea time days after the simulator course may be reduced by the satisfactory completion of an intensive DP simulator training course.



  • Terschelling


  • English

Standard duration

5 days

Course duration and dates

The duration of the course is 5 days, from Monday 9.00am until Friday 11.30am. This course is scheduled to take place on:

  • 11 - 15 October 2021 (cancelled)
  • 08 - 12 November 2021
  • 06 - 10 December 2021
  • 17 - 21 January 2022
  • 14 - 18 February 2022
  • 14 - 18 March 2022
  • 09 - 13 May 2022
  • 20 - 24 June 2022

Entry requirements

After completion of the DP Simulator course this course can be attended. This course will be valid for 30 DP Sea Days (depending on the Offshore Scheme).

Please bear in mind that the last 30 days of required DP Seatime need to be fulfilled on board on a vessel.

Course fee

The DP Sea Time Reduction course fee is € 2475,- (exempt from VAT) including lunch, coffee and tea, excluding travel and subsistence expenses.

Practical learning

Course fee

The DP Sea Time Reduction course fee is €2,475 (exempt from VAT), including lunch, coffee, and tea, excluding travel and subsistence expenses.

Course contents

You will work with practical scenarios based on real operations. Furthermore, you will train on planning and executing specified operations under varying simulated conditions. During the operations, you will face typical DP failure modes. This course also focuses on communication with field control, other vessels, and the different departments onboard. To make sure that you will act in different roles during the course.

Course contents

The DP Sea Time Reduction course covers the following:

  • Study of DP incidents.
  • Construction and use of worksite diagrams, Electronic Charts and Vessel templates for use in DP operations.
  • Preparation of plans for a projected DP operation, contingency plans for expected deviations and emergencies.
  • Participation in simulated situations in a variety of DP operations while handling routine and emergency situations.
  • Risk and safety analysis, and defining DP equipment classes.
  • The DP system’s utilization of position measurements.
  • New development in DP systems.

For more information about DP please visit the website of The Nautical Institute.


The course is Nautical Institute compliant and approved. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate will be issued.

Study at NHL Stenden


For registration please fill out the course registration sheet. After registration we will provide you with further detailed information. Each course has a limited number of places available. If the course is fully booked, we will put you on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.