Ship and offshore classification society DNV GL has issued a new recommended practice (RP) to enhance the role of simulators in the training of dynamic positioning (DP) operators.

Based on the latest training and certification principles, the new RP defines the role to be played by simulators in delivering more efficient training to DP operators. Simulator training is believed to decrease sea time requirements by up to 50%.

DNV GL Simulator Certification manager Aksel Nordholm said: "Dynamic positioning can be considered a high-risk activity involving a team of people working together on high technology equipment. Realistic simulation, including time on full mission simulators, plays an important role in how they learn to deal with situations that rarely occur at sea."

"As long as all operational aspects are included in the training, such as communication and cooperation with others, simulators enhance competence and reduce training time."

"The new recommended practice on DP operator certification from DNV GL is a giant leap forward with regards to quality."

The new RP was developed by incorporating inputs from major players in the offshore industry, and it covers competence development, sea-time / onboard competence building, competence assessment, certification and re-certification.

The practice also offers detailed input for training and test centres. It refers to existing DNV GL standards and certification activities, while serving as guidance to states and other parties that seek to form an independently validated certification scheme.

Additionally, the RP can be combined with related DNV GL standards to enable flag states in complying with anticipated STCW DP operator requirements.

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Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre CEO Stig Wiggen commented: "The new recommended practice on DP operator certification from DNV GL is a giant leap forward with regards to quality in all aspects of DPO certification, and is the first real proof of competence for DP operators."

Image: Simulators to boost dynamic positioning operator training. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.