Feb 132010

image The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association, IDPOA, has announced  the inaugural launch of the International Dynamic Positioning Excellence Awards and invites mariners from across the world to nominate candidates.

These awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the industry in categories which reflect the scope of this hugely specialised area:

· DP Operator of the Year

· Onboard Trainer/Mentor of the Year

· Leader of the Year

· Training Centre of the Year

· Lecturer of the Year

· Manufacturer of the Year

· Innovation of the Year

· DP Vessel of the Year

· Investor in People Award

· Outstanding Services to DP Award

The awards also honour and acknowledge developments in training, equipment and operations, which have opened up previously untapped maritime possibilities, and developments that have made the pursuit of the seemingly impossible, not just feasible but safe, clean and cost-effective.

IDPOA Executive Director Steven Jones says: “These first DP awards are an important step in recognising and rewarding the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly in the DP Sector. When IDPOA was created it was with the aim of promoting professionalism at sea and ashore, focusing on the people who allow our industry to function safely and efficiently as a shining beacon to the rest of shipping, that aim continues with these awards.”

The awards are supported by the Nautical Institute, GlobalMET, and media partners Shiptalk Recruitment, GCaptain.com and The Maritime Executive.

Nominations can be made at the website www.dpoperators.org/awards up until 31 March. Once all the nominations have been verified, an online voting facility will open in early April until 4 May.

The winners will be announced and featured in a special Awards issue of 6degrees, the e-magazine from IDPOA and distributed at the European DP Conference on 29 May.

Full details of the awards categories can be viewed at www.dpoperators.org/awards, for further information about nominations, voting and sponsorship opportunities email marketing@dpoperators.org

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