The Nautical Institute has accredited the comprehensive dynamic positioning training program provided by STAR Center for members of American Maritime Officers.
Following a visit, inspection and interviews conducted by Captain Ian Smith and Captain John Dickinson, the Nautical Institute on March 26 issued a letter accrediting STAR Center "for the purpose of conducting Induction (Basic) and Simulator (Advanced) courses in accordance with the Institute's Dynamic Positioning Operator Training Scheme" for a three-year period.
The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. The Institute provides a wide range of services, including accreditation of select training programs.
"Nautical Institute accreditation is a key component in ensuring our dynamic positioning program is providing AMO members with the required training and certification to sail with the broadest range of vessel operating companies aboard the most technologically advanced vessels employing DP systems," said STAR Center Director of Training Phil Shullo. "I'm pleased with the effective implementation of this training program at STAR Center and the positive progress marked by Nautical Institute accreditation."
STAR Center in March launched the first dynamic positioning (DP) training module for AMO officers as part of a comprehensive new program utilizing Kongsberg simulators and systems to provide complete DP certification - induction through advanced - and to enable AMO officers with limited DP certification to upgrade to full DP Operator certification.
A division of the AMO Safety and Education Plan, STAR Center is the primary training provider for AMO officers. The AMO fleet roster includes vessels that actively employ DP systems as part of their regular operations. AMO officers have the ability to sail aboard AMO-contracted vessels with full DP classification to earn experience and the required sea time for certification.
Coupled with STAR Center's DP training program, the flexible manning options employed by AMO are geared to meet the needs of operating companies under existing contracts, and to provide an array of options for vessel managers - whether they are seeking individual officers to fill key positions or an entire complement of highly-skilled and certified officers. Manning strategies include the hiring of officers through an agreement with PRONAV Offshore Services LLC as needed.
STAR Center's Kongsberg DP simulator suites include a full interactive classroom with an instructor station and six basic DP training systems that allow students to practice realistic DP operations on their desktop panels and through the graphical user interface on the monitors. The instructor guides the students to operate the DP control system, and the built-in simulator offers realistic response to the operations initiated by each student.
The advanced trainer includes an instructor station and bridge simulator based on the Kongsberg K-POS DP22, a dual redundant DP system designed for all DP applications with a full range of functionality. The system is designed to satisfy class notations equivalent to DP Class 2, including dual redundancy, no single-point failure; failure detection; fault isolation; switchover to hot standby; and comparison of sensor data between computers.
STAR Center courses utilize four DP models - a supply vessel, a semi-submersible, a tanker and a drill ship - from DP system designer Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. The technology employed in the classroom is the same as that aboard specialized vessels operating with DP systems.