Hi, I want to become a dynamic positioning system operator (DPO). What are the basic requirements and skills needed for this profession?
Hi! The Dynamic Positioning Operator is responsible for controlling the vessel's dynamic positioning system, which automatically maintains its position and heading using its own propellers and gas pedals. This is a complex task requiring the integration of data from position sensors, wind sensors and motion sensors to calculate the environmental effects on the vessel's position. DP systems are essential for safe operations, for example in deepwater drilling, anchor handling, securing oil platforms and underwater structures, and ROV support. The Scientific Institute has developed a specific training program to achieve DPO safety standards in the oil and gas industry, including practice on a DP vessel, theoretical classes and simulator training at specialized training centers. It is important to realize that complex DP operations vary significantly between different types of offshore vessels.