The Nautical Institute has moved up a requirement to document actual DP time in addition to the book. Looks like they are going to require 180 days of actual desk time now, this became effective July 1 2011.
[B]From:[/B] Greg Szczurek
[B]Sent:[/B] Thu 7/7/2011 3:11 PM
[B]To:[/B] Falck Alford - Houston Marine Office
[B]Subject:[/B] Changes in DP qualification process
Effective July 1, 2011 the Nautical Institute is requiring applicants to submit a service letter in addition to the logbook to document their DP time. That’s not a big deal for our students or companies, except that the policy (attached) announcing the requirement states that the letter must “Confirm the total time and hours the applicant has performed as a DP Operator.”
Until now the Nautical Institute has accepted time stated in days, so even though a supply boat may be in DP operations only a portion of a day the person got credit for the entire day. Recognizing that, the NI has been discussing ways to count time by hours without penalizing situations where a vessel is on DP only part of a day. The attached requirement seems to be more than a bit premature. I’m going to point that out to the Nautical Institute and ask for some clarification and accommodation.
Please pass this along to companies who have been sending students to DP courses.
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