FND gets DP accreditation from Nautical InstituteNews // October 3, 2008
With demand for certified DP operators (DPO) growing rapidly, the Nautical Institute (NI) in the Uk continues to play a key role responding to that need, and has recently accredited a DP training centre in Barcelona, and has reached something of a landmark figure for such work.
The successful accreditation of the Facultat de Nautica de Barcelona’s (FND) Dynamic positioning training centre has seen the number of accredited training providers reach an historic half-century.
There are now 50 centres worldwide providing the highest standards of DP training for DPO’s following the Nautical Institute training scheme and route to certification.
The FND course was awarded it’s accredited status, when Captain Mark Pointon the Nautical Institute DP Training Manager visited the centre to inspect the facilities, the course materials and standard of lecturers.
In recognising the significance of reaching such a momentous figure, Captain Pointon said: "The accreditation of the 50th DP training centre has been a time to reflect on the success of the Nautical Institute’s training scheme, but also the importance of a standardised and robust scheme to ensure a supply of trained, skilled and certified DPOs”.
He added: "We wish the new Barcelona centre a prosperous future, and are pleased to welcome them into a very special fraternity, that of the NI accredited training centres worldwide”.
With a number of additional new centres due to come on-stream over the next six months, it has never been easier for mariners to access the training they need to pursue a career as DPO, while the scheme provides industry with a desperately needed supply of certified operators.
The NI operates the international certification scheme for DP Operators, which involves not only the approval of the training centres but also the verification of evidence and the issuing of certificates to individuals. This DP Scheme enjoys reciprocal recognition with that of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. There are currently 9000 DPO’s certified under the scheme.
Facultat de Nautica de Barcelona (FND) is the nautical training division of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.