Dynamic Positioning Operators – The IDPOA Officially Launches

John Konrad
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July 3, 2009

This week gCaptain was excited to learn of a new organization that looks to provide leadership to the international community of mariners that specialize in dynamic positioning systems. The IDPOA‘s Executive Director, Steven Jones, tells us:

The new not-for-profit professional body provides a representative voice to the maritime industry, while working to enhance and improve the professional interests of DPO’s and related companies worldwide, offering news, industry debate, training, recruitment and careers guidance.

Membership of IDPOA is available across different grades, from the most experienced DP Masters, Senior and Junior DPO’s, to those on the technical side, and those with a desire to work with DP. Bringing together a truly global DP community, members benefit from professional recognition, a support network of experts and mentors, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tools and access to the very latest DP jobs.

Steven Jones, executive director of IDPOA, introduced the Association during his presentation at the conference and commented, “A point has been reached where DPO’s want and need their very own professional network.”
In assessing the role of the organization and the benefits it brings he added, “The industry is at a juncture in the recruitment, training and management of DP personnel, and as we struggle to safeguard the supply and capabilities of qualified and skilled DPOs into the future, IDPOA offers a solution for industry and for individuals to drive positive change and continual improvement.”
Further information about the International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA), individual and corporate membership packages are available at dpoperators.org.

The most recent gCaptain Salary Survey suggests that nearly 25% of gCaptain forum members are DPO’s working offshore and this site’s own Dynamic Positioning Forum has picked up steam since launching a few short months ago. gCaptain even have a LinkedIn group for DPO’s. While we continue to be encouraged by the social media initiatives gCaptain provides to the online community of DPO’s, the launching of a professional society dedicated to this industry niche has exciting potential.

We encourage all interested in Dynamic Positioning to visit the IDPOA’s website, look around and, if interested, consider joining this new organization.

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