Dynamic Positioning Officer (DPO) & Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer (SDPO)

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Dynamic Positioning Officer (DPO)

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What does the work consist of?

The DPO is responsible for the daily maintenance of the draught, trim and stability of our floating units (Semi-submersibles or Drillships)

Furthermore the DPO is responsible for keeping the GMDSS radio watch, updating the radio logbook and testing the GMDSS equipment as well as assisting the Barge Engineer and Safety Officer in the maintenance and updating of the rig’s marine and safety equipment as required.


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What do I need to know to hold the position?

In order to hold this position, you must have the following:

  • Certificate of competency – STCW 95 II/2 (Master Mariner Unlimited) is required for promotion possibilities
  • Full DP Operator’s certificate (issued by Nautical Institute or similar)
  • GMDSS certificate

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How do I get there?

You typically start your career in the maritime industry where you obtain your marine officer certificates, including experience with Dynamic Positioning. Once you have obtained the certificates, you can start your career in the offshore industry as Dynamic Positioning Officer.


Senior Dynamic Positioning Officer (SDPO)

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What does the work consist of?

The SDPO is an experienced Dynamic Positioning Officer with the overall responsibility for keeping the floating unit in position at all times. The SDPO is the primary operator and watch keeper at the Dynamic Positioning control desk, and he/she is senior watch keeper in the Central Control Room (CCR).


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What do I need to know to hold the position?

In order to hold this position, you must have the following:

  • Certificate of competency – STCW 95 II/2 (Master Mariner Unlimited) is required for promotion possibilities
  • Full DP Operator’s certificate (issued by Nautical Institute or similar)
  • Comply with IMCA M 117 (Training and experience of key DP personnel)
  • GMDSS certificate

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How do I get there?

You obtain your marine officer certificates in the maritime industry and then change to the offshore industry. Once you have significant offshore experience from years as a Dynamic Positioning Officer, you may advance to SDPO.