Designated Person Ashore


The role of the DP is key to provide structure and safety onboard a vessel. This professional development course thoroughly explores the duty of a DP to ensure the safe operation of your vessel. Delivered by part-time tutored online learning the course gives you an advanced knowledge in the requirements, duty and responsibilities of a Designated Person
According to the ISM Code the Designated Person Ashore (DPA) plays a key role in the effective implementation of a Safety Management System and takes responsibility for verification and monitoring of all safety and pollution prevention activities. To comply with the ISM Code a shipping company should be able to provide documentary evidence that the DPA has received sufficient training to undertake the necessary duties.

In this course the participants will be fully prepared to assume the role of DPA. This means providing them with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to implement and maintain the company’s SMS as required by the ISM Code.

During the course the participants will be reminded about the background and objectives of the ISM Code and the resulting requirements for the company’s SMS from a modern management perspective. The responsibilities and authority of the DPA, possible legal exposure, as well as other potential difficulties will be explained. Advice is provided on principles and systematics of risk management and incident investigation.

Special attention is given to the importance of the human factor and good communication in safety management. Modern management concepts are presented. Activities are included to develop the capabilities of the participants in performing the duties, tasks and responsibilities of the DPA. Achievement of the required level of competence is assessed by means of a final test.

The course focuses on

  • Requirements of the DPA in the 21st century
  • Principles of modern management systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ISM Code
  • Handling of mandatory rules and regulations
  • Assessment techniques
  • Technical and operational aspects of safety management
  • Understanding operations of a shipping company
  • Requirements for marine-related management system audits
  • Ensuring effective communication with shipboard staff and shore management

Target Audience:

  • Ship managers, superintendents, and operations managers
  • Potential and existing DPs wanting accreditation
  • Technical personnel, engineers and crew managers
  • Shipping company personnel requiring an understanding of the DP and the ISM Code


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