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Dry Dock Training 2024 – Online

The Dry Dock Training Course provides in-depth technical guidance on the process of dry-docking ships and vessels. The course begins with the basic principles and safety concerns, then progresses through all phases of drydocking; preparation and planning, drydocking, lay period, and undocking. The course ends with a discussion of past accidents. With over 150 years of dry dock experience, DM Consulting brings clarity and organization to an otherwise complex set of drydocking principles.

DM Consulting is the world leader in dry dock training. Past participants included representatives of shipyards, engineering companies, consulting firms, ship owners, and government agencies from six continents. See for details on the 4-day training course including a list of past attendees and testimonials. DM Consulting’s Dry Dock Training Course has accreditation with both The Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). Both experienced and inexperienced dry dock  personnel have benefited from attending the training. Over 75% of all course attendees rate the course as “excellent”.

Course Benefits 

  • Understand the Art and Science of drydocking ships and vessels.
  • Understanding different dry dock advantages and disadvantages.
  • Introduction to drydocking basics and safety concerns.
  • Comprehend universal drydocking and undocking calculations.
  • Hands-on course with student participation in projects and practical application exercises.
  • Learn from past dry dock accidents and incidents.

Who Should Attend?  

This training is targeted for:

  • Consultants
  • Dock Masters/Docking Officers
  • Dry Dock crews
  • Engineers -Insurance personnel
  • Launch/Load Masters
  • Marine Surveyors
  • Naval Architects
  • On-site Representatives
  • Owners Representatives
  • Port Engineers
  • Program/Project Managers
  • Shipyard Management
  • Others involved/interested in dry docks, drydocking vessels, launching ships, heavy lift operations, and vessel transfers.

Registration Fees

Ticket Type Ticket Price
RINA Members £1700 + VAT
Non-Members £1800 + VAT
Group (3 delegates or more) £1670 + VAT



Dry Dock Training Course Outline

The course will commence from 8am-5pm UK time

Dry Dock Terminology:

  • Symbols
  • Abbreviations
  • Definitions

Drydocking Overview:

– Types of dry docks:

  • Graving docks
  • Floating dry docks
  • Vertical lifts
  • Slipway/railways
  • Mobile lifts
  • Other

-Drydocking operation

Ship Supports

  • Types of blocks
  • Removable blocks
  • Hauling blocks
  • Hinged blocks

Naval Architecture and Stability

  • Ship structures
  • Hydrostatics
  • Ship stability

Collecting Information

  • Dry dock data
  • Docking plans
  • Hydrostatics- Ship condition/loading

Dry Dock Math and Science:

  • Decimals and fractions
  • Problem solving
  • Rates and conversions
  • Brow reach
  • Standard docking notation
  • Linear extrapolation
  • Linear interpolation
  • Forces and moments

Preparations Phase:

  • Block construction
  • Block quality checks
  • Emergency planning
  • Safety precautions
  • Drydocking calculations
  • Preparations checklist

Drydocking Phase:

  • Dry dock inspection
  • Personnel organization
  • Communications
  • Ship handling
  • Positioning
  • Landing
  • Services/support systems- Drydocking checklist

Lay Period Phase:

  • Weight Accounting
  • Environmental considerations
  • Work safety
  • Storm preparations
  • Undocking calculations
  • Lay period checklist

Undocking Phase:

  • Dry dock inspection
  • Ship watertight integrity
  • Refloating
  • Final dry dock inspection
  • Undocking checklist

Undocking Calculations:

– Weight changes

  • List
  • Trim
  • Draft/Displacement
  • Stability – Knuckle/suing reaction – Stability at lift off – Draft at lift off – Operational stops

Dry Dock Maintenance:

  • Scheduled maintenance programs
  • Material degradation
  • Graving docks
  • Floating dry docks
  • Vertical lifts
  • Slipway/railways
  • Mobile lifts
  • Other dry dock types

Open Questions Session:

  • Attendee provided scenarios
  • Docking plans
  • Unique situations

Drydocking Preparations Practical:

  • Drydocking exercises
  • Calculation practice

Related Operations:

  • Heavy lift operations
  • Launchings

Drydocking Situations:

– Unique situations

  • Damaged vessels
  • Simultaneous drydockings
  • Weather
  • Unique ships

– Situations exercise

– Modern dry dock systems


  • Technical knowledge evaluation


  • Analysis
  • Lessons learned
  • Trends


Cancellations received in writing up to two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to administration charge of £200. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however, this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the RINA Events Team. It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to alter the content and timing of the programme. In the unlikely event that RINA cancels the event for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.


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Continual Professional Development

Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional
Development. On completion of the course a CPD certificate will be issued.


Please note:

Your membership number must be entered when choosing a membership rate, otherwise your order will be subject to cancellation.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
RINA Member, UK + EU £1,700.00
RINA Member EU, Companies (VAT number required) £1,700.00
RINA Member, Outside EU £1,700.00
RINA Non-Member, UK + EU £1,800.00
RINA Non-Member EU, Companies (VAT number required) £1,800.00
RINA Non-Member, Outside EU £1,800.00
Group Booking (3 delegates or more), UK + EU £1,670.00
Group Booking (3 delegates or more), EU, Companies (VAT number required) £1,670.00
Group Booking (3 delegates or more), Outside EU £1,670.00

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Dry Dock Training 2024 - Online


5th March, 2024 - 8th March, 2024    
All Day


£1,670.00 - £1,800.00
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