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Nautical Institute Certified Dynamic Positioning System Simulator Courses and, USCG Approved Marine Training in Louisiana

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Located in Gray, Louisiana, the Marine Training Institute (TMTI) by Beier Radio trains mariners master the operations of vessel technology using simulators that apply real-world skills to the real-world challenges of the marine environment. TMTI offers hands-on DP training using the world-class Beier IVCS 4000 Dynamic Positioning System.

The Marine Training Institute is accredited by the Nautical Institute in London and has been awarded OSHA’s 2016-2017 SHARP Awards for its Gray, LA facilities. TMTI also received the LAWORKs Safe Award Letter of Commendation. The Marine Training Institute became first training provider to be accredited to conduct OSVDPA dynamic positioning operator (DPO) training courses and assessments.

The facility uses fully computerized training simulators to allow the student to have the most realistic experience possible. The training program offers both the basic or induction course, and the advanced/simulator course at one convenient location, centrally located near the ports of South Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Training Programs



Dynamic Positioning (DP) Courses

  • Dynamic Positioning Advanced Simulator Course  - Nautical Institute Certified (4 days -28 hours): This course covers practical operation of the DP system, Simulated DP operations including errors faults & failures, DP alarms, warnings and emergency procedures. Used extensively in the offshore industry, dynamic positioning equipment can be found onboard vessels requiring precise positioning such as drilling, cable and pipe laying, dive and ROV support and FPSO vessels and Jack-up Barges.
  • Dynamic Positioning Basic Induction Course - Nautical Institute Certified (4 days -28 hours): Course covers the Principles of DP, Elements of the DP system, Practical operation of the DP system, Position reference systems, Environment sensors and ancillary equipment, Power generation, supply and propulsion, DP operations.
  • DP Trouble Shooting and Technical Training Class (DP Maintenance - 2 days): The purpose of this course is to provide vessel crew members with the basic knowledge to trouble shoot key pieces of equipment on their vessel and either perform First Aid Maintenance or assist Beier Radio technical personnel remotely guide them to attempt and/or complete repairs. This is a vessel/customer specific DP course only applicable for BEIER IVCS DP systems that is offered to offshore personnel who work on Beier Systems.
  • DP Refresher Trainer (2 days): TMTI uses the Beier DP System 4000 for all DP training. This course is for mariners who are going to a vessel with the Beier DP system or for mariners who have been out of work as a DPO for some time, or for those who want to hone their skills.

OSVDPA  DP Courses & Assessments

  • OSVDPA Phase 1 (Induction) - 5 days, 32 hours: Course covers the Principles of DP, Elements of the DP system, Practical operation of the DP system, Position reference systems, environmental sensors and ancillary equipment, power generation, propulsion, and DP operations.
  • OSVDPA Phase 3 (Advance) - 5 days, 32 hours: This simulated intense five-day course covers practical operation of the DP system, Simulated DP operations including errors faults & failures, DP alarms, warnings and emergency procedures.
  • OSVDPA Assessments P3/P4/P5: DPO’s must have OSVDPA approval prior to attending the course and upon registration their MMD, logbook and company stamped sea time letter.

Radar Courses

  • ARPA (Automated Radar Plotting Aid) - USCG Approved (5 days): This course will satisfy the training requirements of the 46 CFR 11.480(d). The following practical assessment performed during this course will be in line NVIC 12-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) on Vessels of 500 GT or more.
  • Radar Observer (Unlimited) - USCG Approved, 5 days: This course will satisfy the training requirements of the 46 CFR 11.480(d). The following practical assessment performed during this course will be in line NVIC 12-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) on Vessels of 500 GT or more.
  • Radar Recertification (1 day): The one-day Radar Recertification course is a USCG approved course. This course will satisfy the training requirements of the 46 CFR 11.480(f) for mariners can maintain their radar endorsement every five years.

ECDIS Courses

  • ECDIS Certification (TMTINS-179) STWC (5 days 40 hours): This is a course on the operational use of ECDIS that meets the demonstrated competencies to maintain safe navigation using ECDIS as required in Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code along with the use of ECDIS and associated navigation positioning systems as required in Table A-II/2 of the STCW.

LAST UPDATED ON Jun 24, 2019