IMEC27 ended last week with a tribute to Peter Trenkner who is stepping down as Chair after 21 years at the helm. The 4 day conference included presentations and workshops on every aspect of Maritime English, including the use of technology for self study by seafarers.

We were honoured to have IMO’s Head of Maritime Training and Human Element attend: Mr Milhar Fuazadeen gave a keynote speech on the importance of Maritime English in supporting effective communication at sea.

Clive Cole of World Maritime University and Catherine Logie of Marlins were nominated as Chair and Vice Chair of IMEC respectively. Catherine Logie and Clive Cole summarised the revision of the newly published IMO Model Course 3.17, Maritime English. The updated publication is now available from IMO at the price of GBP 60.

Marlins would like to thank Peter Trenkner for his leadership and inspiration; as well as Zafirah, Rohana and all the Local Organizing Committee of NMIT Johor Baru for organising a productive and memorable event!

Our International Trainers – Tandy and Kathryn – recently ran an intensive Maritime English Language training course at the Teekay Training Centre in Glasgow, UK.

The bespoke 10-day course was developed specifically for a group of Spanish seafarers who needed to improve their overall English language level, including their spoken English competence. Using a highly interactive, student-centred approach, the seafarers were immersed in English for the full 10 days and participated in cultural and research trips to enable them to practise to the full extent.

Results were excellent with all seafarers improving by one language level. One participant commented: “The course was very enjoyable. I will be able to practise my English in conversations on board.