Designated Person Ashore (DPA) Training Course

Training related to the implementation and maintenance of a company’s SMS in compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code

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  • Category:

    Competence & Qualification


  • To provide comprehensive training related to the implementation and maintenance of a company’s SMS in compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code
  • This course fulfills the IMO MSC-MEPC.7/ Circ.6 ”Guidance on the qualification, training and experience necessary for undertaking the role of the Designated Person under the provisions of the ISM Code

Entrance regulations

Sound experience in shipping and ship operations and good knowledge of the ISM Code

Who should attend:
Shipping Companies: Superintendents, quality managers, designated persons, nautical officers, engineers

Duration: 2 days

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

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