A new app dedicated to continuing professional development (CPD) of dynamic positioning operators (DPOs) will be launched by The Nautical Institute and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) at the European Dynamic Positioning Conference on 24 March
The app is intended for DPOs who perform a safety-critical role on board offshore DP vessels and need to maintain their technical knowledge. It will enable DPOs to expand their professional awareness and understanding of industry guidance, safety bulletins, DP exercises and training drills – all of which will contribute to safety and operational efficiency offshore.
CPD is acknowledged to be an effective way of combating skills-fade. IMCA chief executive Allen Leatt, said “Our DP event reporting scheme reveals that human factors often influence undesirable DP station-keeping events. We are optimistic that CPD will bring a helpful improvement in the safety and risk management of DP operations in our industry.”
The CPD modules will be released at six-month intervals – and the first module will be available online as soon as the app is officially launched at midday on 24 March. Those interested can sign up for an account via The Nautical Institute’s Alex Platform in preparation for the module to be released.
The app is designed for use on mobile devices. Nautical Institute chief executive Captain John Lloyd explained “Using specialist mobile device learning management software, the app is available across a wide range of operating systems. Importantly, it provides offline capability, ensuring the content remains available without internet connection – an important factor for seagoing personnel.”
The Nautical Institute and IMCA said the new app will benefit individual DPOs by providing a convenient way to keep knowledge and skills current, and the DP industry, by enhancing safety offshore.
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