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NAB3032 Dynamic Positioning (DP-Induction)

Course description for academic year 2017/2018

Contents and structure

Coordinate systems and datums, accuracy theory, quality concepts, satelitebased positioning systems, short distance positioning systems, acoustic positioning systems, mechanical positioning systems, compasses, movement sensors and automatic steering systems with focus on DP.

There will be a course fee. Further information will be given.

Learning Outcome

- Knowledge:

The students should be familiar with the theoretical and practical basis for DP positioning and understand relevant quality theory accuracy theory and failure theory. They should be able to set up and use a DP console with relevant positioning references. The students should understand how the DP system is integrated in other vessel systems.


- Skills:

The students should train their skills in using the DP console. They should be able to react correctly to different alarms and warnings, and they should relate the DP operation to environmental impact from current, sea and wind.


- General Qualifications:

This course covers Nautical Institute's requirements for DP-Induction courses valid from 1st of January 2015.

Entry requirements

NAB1002 Terrestrial Navigation, NAB1015 Electronic Navigational Aids I and NAB1016 Electronic Navigational Aids II.Note; this course is open for 3rd year students with a min. of 100 ects credits in the study programme.

Recommended previous knowledge

NAB1001 Physics, NAB1004 Practical Navigation I, NAB2004 Practical Navigation II

Teaching methods

Lectures and simulator exercises.

Compulsory learning activities

Mandatory lectures and simulator exercises. Course Diploma is issued by Simsea.  Nautical Institute demands that the student must pass an electronic exam before Course Diploma can be issued.


Written exam, 4 hrs

Grading scale A-F

Examination support material

No supporting aids allowed

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