Dynamic Positioning Sea Time Reduction Course

Trainee Dynamic Positioning (DP) operators may reduce the Nautical Institute sea time requirement by attending a Sea Time Reduction (STR) course. The STR course reduces the required 60 days supervised DP sea time by a maximum of 30 days.

STR course candidates must have successfully completed both the DP Induction and DP Simulator training courses.

This intensive DP Sea Time Reduction course can be undertaken straight after the Simulator course. The candidate is then required to do a minimum of 30 days DP sea time in accordance with the The Nautical Institute DP Operator’s Training and Certification Scheme.

As with the other components of the scheme, all DP time or courses leading to reduction of DP time must have been completed within the four years immediately preceding application to the Nautical Institute for a DP Operator’s Certificate.

Entry Prerequisites

Candidates must hold a DP Induction and DP Simulator Certificates issued by a Nautical Institute approved training provider

Scheduled Dates

AMCS DP lecturers are experienced, practising senior DP operators, as such additional 2017 course dates will be published throughout the year as their availability is determined.  To express interest, email searchinfo@amc.edu.au

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Course Registration

Acknowledgement of registration will be provided by return email. Confirmation of registration is provided upon payment of the course fees, and subject to AMCS Registration Terms.


5 days

Course Fee

AUD $5,500 (including GST)

Course Fee Include

      • Course notes and writing materials
      • Morning and afternoon tea
      • Complimentary WIFI access

AMCS Registration Terms

To secure your enrolment, payment of 50% of the course fee is required.  Cancellations up to 15 working days prior to the scheduled date will be accepted without penalty.  Cancellations less than 15 working days will be subject to 100% cancellation fee.

AMCS reserves the right to cancel the course if insufficient registrations have been received by seven days from commencement of course.  Any fees paid for cancelled courses will be refunded in full.

When making flight bookings please ensure you book on a fully refundable basis.

Course Aim

The Sea Time Reduction course is an opportunity for candidates to spend extended and intense periods of time on DP station keeping and will challenge the candidate to enhance, consolidate and demonstrate:

  • their knowledge of the DP system and additional equipment and instruments,
  • their situational awareness,
  • their communication and teamwork skills,
  • their ability to analyse trends and pre-empt problems before they arise,
  • their ability to evaluate and respond to alarms, faults and emergencies with calm, reason and confidence, and
  • their ability to complete such administrative and safety-related procedures as completing checklists, filling in logs and performing thorough watch handovers.

The range of exercises a centre develops to achieve these aims should be appropriate to the intended target group. The following are examples of the typical operational areas that should be considered:

  • Saturation and air dive support
  • Sub-sea construction and heavy lift
  • ROV operations
  • OSV operations
  • Cable and pipe laying operations
  • Drilling operations
  • Offshore loading operations
  • Shuttle tanker



The following certificate will be issued by AMC to participants who successfully complete the course and provide documentary evidence to satisfy the course pre-requisite:

  • AMC Dynamic Positioning – Sea Time Reduction Certificate which is approved by the Nautical Institute (NI).

Full attendance and participation in ALL activities during the course will satisfy the required performance criteria.

If you do not hold the required pre-requisites, you are not eligible for a NI approved certificate.





Location Information

The course is conducted at the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Campus in Launceston Tasmania

Participants arriving at Launceston Airport should make their way to the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Drive, Newnham.  Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $55.00.

Parking:  Complimentary car parking is provided on campus in areas designated to AMCS participants and clients.

Accommodation Options

On-campus accommodation can be reserved via the online enrolment form. Further information is provided here, together with off-campus options.