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The review of the DP Operator training scheme has concluded. Documentation explaining the new scheme will be available from March 2014 and communicated through DPTEG stakeholders.
Re-validation of DP certificates
Due to the delay in finalising the new scheme, The Nautical Institute is postponing the re-validation of DP Operator certificates to January 2015. In order to revalidate your DP Certificate you must have 150 days of DP sea time within the past 5 years. This time must be logged in your NI and/or IMCA logbook. A company confirmation letter will be required for time logged from January 1, 2014
The re-validation will be phased as below:
2015: Re-validation of certificates issued from 1984 to 2002, 2009 and 2010
2016: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2003-2004 and 2011
2017: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2005-2006 and 2012
2018: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2007-2008 and 2013
2019: Revalidation of certificates issued in 2013 and so on
Criteria to re-validate the DP Certificate
a. If more than 150 days DP sea service is done within a period of 5 years, then the person needs to re-send the documents to the NI to replace the certificate with a new validity date.
b. If the DPO has less than 150 days of DP sea service within the preceding 5 years, then the person needs to do an advanced course and a minimum of 30 days DP sea service.
c. If no DP sea service is obtained within the period of the last 5 years, then the person would have to undertake a advanced course and do a minimum of 60 days DP sea time on a DP vessel to have his/her license re-validated.
d. If the DP professional has been engaged in an occupation The Nautical Institute considers being equivalent to the sea service (i.e. DP Lecturer /instructor, DP surveyor, DP consultant, DP auditor, DP superintendent, DP supervisor), it will be required for revalidation of his/her DP certificate a minimum of 150 days in the activity claimed of the preceding 5 years. The entries to prove the activity shall be done on NI or IMCA logbook and signed by the accredited training centre (in case of DP lecturer), vessel’s operations manager (in case of DP superintendent, DP consultant, or DP supervisor) where the person has performed the work/activity or by the Nautical Institute’s authorized person (in case of DP auditor).
If the person decides to apply with a mix of experience that involves criterion ‘d’ and criterion ‘a’ or ‘b’, then the sea time obtained during the last 5 years shall be counted towards the required cumulative 150 days. Example: 15 days as DP lecturer and 15 days DP sea service, totalling the minimum 30 days.
Processing of applications currently submitted
The Nautical Institute has increased the resources available in order to improve the return time on DP applications that are currently submitted. Weekend work shifts, increased number of personnel, and software improvements are all being utilised to eliminate a backlog of applications
When applying for your DP Certificate please carefully read the information on the website. Much of the backlog has been created by applications being received that are incomplete/incorrect. For example, on many occasions applicants tick the box to indicate that they have a confirmation letter from the company so that they can progress with the online application but in fact do not have the letter. Or log books arrive with no Master’s signature in Section F, though applicants have ticked the box in the online application indicating that they have the Master’s signature. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. Companies submitting applications on behalf of employees also need to be vigilant that all relevant documentation and signatures are included and correct. These steps would be a great help in expediting the application process.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE NI DP SCHEME VISIT THE WEBSITE http://www.nautinst.org/en/dynamic-positioning/