Re: New DPO Training Scheme - Alternative to the Nautical Institute scheme
I always wondered why the NMD got out of DP certification and handed it all to the Nautical Institute to be in charge of?
Anyway, I say, all the concerned major stakeholders (NI, NMD, IMCA, IADC, US, Brazil, and IMO) meet and settle on a final updated DP training and certification regime to be recognized by all parties as the industry standard. Hell, implement it as an annex to the STCW Code so it can have the weight of being the same as a maritime license.
Now this "newbie to DPO in exactly 15 days" is a joke and completely unsafe and ridiculous! Whoever approves such a scheme is a fool and the number of DP incidents will skyrocket as a result. If anything, DP certification should be in levels much like licenses are in levels. A junior DPO is a third mate, a DPO is a 2nd mate and a SDPO is a chief mate with appropriate levels of time on the desk. DP certs should also be type restricted just like you have to be a PIC for be a mate on a tanker.
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