MAR Dynamic Positioning


The dynamic positioning of vessels utilises computer-controlled systems to automatically maintain a vessel’s position and heading by using its own propellers and thrusters. The Maritime industry has identified that companies are bringing international seafarers to Australia to fill operational roles on vessels that utilise dynamic positioning procedures, due to an identified lack of Australian-based training available for seafarers to operate vessels that utilise this emerging technology.

The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed this project to develop a new Dynamic Positioning Operator Skill Set and four new Units of Competency that provides seafarers the skills and knowledge to operate vessels equipped with Dynamic Positioning systems. The proposed Skill Set will enable Australian seafarers to gain the required skills and knowledge to fill the growing number of Australian maritime positions that are available for operators of vessels with Dynamic Positioning systems. Project outcomes will allow Deck Officers, Engineer Officers and personnel working towards a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Certificate of Competency (COC) become a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operator.


The Maritime IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt.

Klausch Schmidt
Industry Manager

Project Deliverables

  • Development of one new Skill Set
  • Development of four new Units of Competency

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