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DP Operator's Handbook - 3rd Edition

A major update of this definitive work is now available after a major update.

Accepted as the standard textbook for the training of Dynamic Positioning Operators, the book represents latest and best practice in the management of DP-capable vessels.

In preparing the new edition, David has been helped by co-authors Captain John Daniels, Captain Glenn Fiander, Captain Dane Foster and Captain Noel Leith MNI.

The new book is available from the publishers, the Nautical Institute.

DPO Handbook - Third Edition

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