Calling all DP Operator’s! IDPOA announces the first annual DP Awards

Mike Schuler
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February 2, 2010

In Search of Excellence

The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural International Dynamic Positioning (DP) Excellence Awards and invites mariners from across the world to nominate their shining stars of the Dynamic Positioning sector.

The history of DP is one of groundbreaking innovation and pioneering development and with the successful development of IDPOA comes the recognition of professionals working in this sector of shipping.  These awards recognize and celebrate excellence across the industry in categories which reflect the scope of this hugely specialized area:

•    DP Operator of the Year
•    Onboard Trainer/Mentor of the Year
•    Leader of the Year
•    Training Centre of the Year
•    Lecturer of the Year
•    Manufacturer of the Year
•    Innovation of the Year
•    DP Vessel of the Year
•    Investor in People Award
•    Outstanding Services to DP Award

As well as celebrating the success of individuals, the awards will honour and acknowledge developments in training, equipment and operations, which have opened up previously untapped maritime possibilities, and developments that have made the pursuit of the seemingly impossible, not just feasible but safe, clean and cost-effective.

IDPOA Executive Director Steven Jones said:

“These first DP awards are an important step in recognizing and rewarding the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly in the DP Sector. When IDPOA was created it was with the aim of promoting professionalism at sea and ashore, focusing on the people who allow our industry to function safely and efficiently as a shining beacon to the rest of shipping, that aim continues with these awards.”

IDPOA are delighted to have support for the awards from the Nautical Institute, GlobalMET, and media partners Shiptalk Recruitment, and The Maritime Executive.

Nominations can be made via the website up until 31st March.  Once all the nominations have been verified, an online voting facility will open in early April until 4th May.

The winners will be announced and featured in a special Awards issue of 6degrees, the e-magazine from IDPOA and distributed at the European DP Conference on 29th May.

Full details of the awards categories can be viewed at, for further information about nominations, voting and sponsorship opportunities email [email protected]

Also, be sure to stay tuned here on, as we will be working to solicit nominations and keep everyone informed on what’s happening with the awards.  For further information or to suggest nominees, feel free to email us at [email protected].

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