Marlins approved test centres open in Panama and Ethiopia

Marlins has approved two new test centres in Panama and Ethiopia. The test centre in Panama is our first approved test centre in Central America.

The centres – E4Seafarers in Panama and Andromeda Marine Surveying and Consultancy PLC in Ethiopia will offer both Marlins UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) approved STCW testing and certification as well as English language testing.

Darren Cassidy, sales and marketing manager, Marlins said: “The provision of Marlins UK MCA approved assessment and certification continues to expand, with 200 Marlins approved test centres in 42 countries, we are reaching more seafaring communities than ever before.”

This was an important achievement explains Captain Francisco Tajú Guardia, general manager, E4Seafarers: “Seafarers from Central America can now demonstrate to ship operators and maritime administrators that they have been assessed on their ability to communicate in English – a requirement that has been given additional emphasis with the implementation of the STCW Manila amendments.”

Bisrat Hailu, general manager, Andromeda Marine Survey and Consultancy plc adds: “Our aim is to support Ethiopia’s efforts to become a force in the shipping industry by providing high-end training and consultancy services to existing as well as prospective seafarers in the country. We identified that the Marlins English language testing was a critical element in achieving this aim and believe that as a result of the assessment, it will improve their chances of getting jobs in the international shipping sector.”

Safety at sea is relevant regardless of the vessel and it’s something that is top of mind for every seafarer. When it comes to passenger vessels there can be potentially hundreds of people who will come to rely on the crew in the event of a crisis therefore it’s critical that the crew can cope under pressure.

Marlins, in collaboration with V.Ships Leisure has developed two elearning courses to help prepare crew manage a crisis and meet the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Section A-V/2 paragraphs 1,2 and 3. The courses – Crisis Management and Human Behaviour and Crowd Management are approved by the UK MCA, Liberian Register and Dominican Maritime Authority.

The development team at Marlins place great importance on real life case studies to enhance the learning experience: “We create a learning experience that requires the participant to make decisions in role play scenarios that replicate as closely as possible the environment of a real life emergency on a passenger ship. This is critical so that in the event of a real emergency, they have an experience to draw on,” says Catherine Logie, Marlins manager.

Both elearning courses are available on the Marlins Learning Management System. The learner can study at their own pace, anywhere in the world and gain their approved STCW certificate quickly and easily. Something appreciated by seafarers:

“The training centre in Lima, Peru is far from my home so it was really convenient to be able to do the training online. The training was concise and comprehensive, giving me lots of explanations and showing some actual videos of those real incidents on board the ships. Thanks to Marlins I got my certificate without hassle.” Evelyn Icawalo

“I would like to thank Marlins for such good courses that can be reached easily. Each course is understandable even for people who don’t have good English. The best part is the videos and quiz at the end of each course.” Serkan Boyekin

“The Crowd Management course was very informative and it wasn’t too much information in one go. I liked being able to take the course on such short notice and it didn’t take that long to do – if I hadn’t been able to do this online, I would not have been able to join my new vessel.” Jan Hansrod

These courses are available to buy online now.

Marlins and Human Rights at Sea collaboration on a Diversity and Inclusion at Sea e-learning course is now available and being offered free of charge to individual seafarers for a limited time via our online shop.

The collaboration, which was announced in September 2016 at the inaugural International Maritime Human Rights conference in London, includes input from Apostleship of the Sea and the UK Royal Navy diversity team – Compass. It is the only e-learning course of its kind, which specifically tackles the topic of diversity and inclusion for seafarers.

The Diversity and Inclusion at Sea course supports and complements guidance developed by the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Worker’s Federation on eliminating shipboard harassment and bullying.

Tineke Bosma, training development specialist at Marlins said: “The e-learning course is designed to help seafarers understand how to create an environment of respect on board. Learners are encouraged to reflect on individual differences and consider how to work together regardless of differences. We also provide tools to help our seafarers manage situations that could potentially cause conflict – that is a very important part of the learning and something that will help them beyond their time on board too.”

David Hammond, CEO Human Rights at Sea said: “This e-learning course is a first for the maritime sector, specifically aimed at tackling diversity and inclusion issues for seafarers. It uses realistic examples of situations to enhance the learning and helps seafarers cope with situations that make it otherwise hard for them to freely express themselves. I am very grateful for the various support provided by Compass and the Apostleship of the Sea.”

The course is available free of charge to individual seafarers until 30 June 2017 using the voucher code DIVERSITYATSEA. The course also features in the Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers, which is available to corporate subscribers.