From October 28th through October 30th, Sandefjord, Norway was the venue for 20 representatives from the maritime and offshore industry where DNVGL hosted a workshop in reply to a request from the industry to bring various parties around the table to discuss and exchange views on certification of Dynamic Positioning Operators. The objective was to collect input from the industry through an interactive process to fine-tune the expectations related to competence development and certification for Dynamic Positioning Operators in general and to lay the foundation for a Recommended Practice for global DPO certification based on sound certification principles and industry expectations.
The workshop participants represented various aspects from the industry from vetting to ship owners involved in DP-related work (incl. shuttle tankers), training providers, test centers and associations from various parts of the world (Europe, USA, Australia). This ensured input in the discussions from different angles.
The general consensus was that a Recommended Practice should be the roadmap to a transparent certification scheme in which all crucial elements are addressed. It should give sufficient direction and clarity as to what is expected, but still leave room for developed schemes to maneuver within a certain boundary. The balance between superficial and prescriptive was considered important.
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