Important Upgrade Announcement from Marlins Test Platform

Please note that the price of Marlins tests will be increasing from 1st May 2013.

Dear User,

The Marlins Online Test Centre was launched in July 2007. Endorsed by the International Shipping Federation (ISF), it is recognised and accepted by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and other flag states, including Ireland and Bulgaria, as evidence of English language competency for seafarers. A number of employers worldwide, including cruise companies and oil majors, rely on Marlins testing as an objective means of seafarer assessment.

Throughout April, Marlins will be launching a new interface for the Online Test Centre which will include a graphical dashboard, new certificate formats and additional security features, ensuring the standard and integrity of the test is maintained. We are committed to regular updates of the test databases and we shall be launching completely new test content over the coming months. We shall also be renaming the Online Test Centre to the “Marlins Test Platform”, in order to reduce confusion with Approved Test Centres and to reflect the planned introduction of additional test services in the next year.

To support these improvements and the ongoing upkeep of the Marlins Test Platform, it is necessary for us to implement a small price rise this year.

What will the cost be?
From 1st May 2013, the Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers and Cruise will increase from USD 12 to USD 14 per test, while the Test for Offshore Workers will rise from USD 20 to USD 25 per test. We believe that this continues to represent excellent value.

Discounts for bulk purchases will continue to be available on the following revised basis:

1000 to 1999 tests – USD 13 per test
2000 to 2999 tests – USD 12 per test
Over 3000 tests – USD 11 per test

For the Seafarers, Cruise and Offshore tests, this is the first price increase since February 2010.

Can we purchase tests at the existing price, before the rise?
Yes. It will be possible to bulk buy tests at the current rate of USD 12 per test (with current discounts for orders of over 1000 tests) up until 30th April 2013.

What is the period of validity of the current version of the test?
Test credits currently in your account and test credits purchased before the price increase will not expire, whether they are used before or after 1st May 2013.

Does the upgrade affect Marlins Approved Test Centres?
The cost information above applies to all users of the Marlins Test Platform, including Approved Test Centres.

This major upgrade will also see the introduction of a new certificate for Approved Test Centres only, in order to recognise the added value and security of a Marlins test undertaken at an Approved Test Centre. It is therefore essential that all Approved Test Centre administrators ensure that details held by Marlins are accurate and up-to-date. Please check your information at .

If you have any queries, please contact us by email: info@marlins.co.uk

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued use of the Marlins Test Platform.

Warm regards,
Catherine