The team at Marlins would like to express our immense respect and gratitude to all seafarers around the world who through their hard work and continued resolve are keeping vital supply lines open around the globe during these unprecedented times.

Being separated from family and friends for long periods is nothing new but in these times of uncertainty and concern even the most robust seafarers  are challenged. It’s at times like these that  people’s mental health and wellbeing is most at risk.

Keeping an optimistic and positive view is not easy, which is why Marlins is offering all seafarers free access to the following module from our Resilience Programme – “Keep Things in Perspective”

The complete Resilience Programme is made up of 10 short modules designed to provide seafarers with long-term tools to cope with the stresses caused by the work and life pressures they may face.

If you would like to receive free access to the Keep Things in Perspective course, please email us at and request your free licence. Please share  this information with your colleagues, who may also benefit from the course. The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2020.

These are challenging times for us all but we would like to reassure all seafarers, customers, Marlins Approved Test Centres and the global shipping community that we will continue to support you.

We can produce bespoke elearning content, turning your existing classroom training materials into elearning for example. We also offer  our full catalogue of flexible elearning and online assessments.

From everyone at Marlins, we wish your seafarers safe sailing and good mental and physical health for you and your loved ones.

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Bermuda Shipping & Maritime Authority

We are pleased to announce that the Bermuda Maritime and Shipping Authority (BMSA) have recently confirmed their approval of the Marlins range of STCW training courses.

Customer Experience Manager, Frank Corrales, explains: “These approvals are significant to Marlins as the Bermuda Maritime and Shipping Authority are globally recognised as a high-quality shipping registry. It became clear early in our discussions that we share the same vision: to provide learning opportunities to all seafarers globally that will help to enhance their knowledge and keep them safe.”

Francis Richardson, CEO of the BMSA, added “I look forward to building and strengthening our relationship with the common goal of providing educational and learning options for the industry’s most valuable resource, the seafarer.”

By forming such partnerships with flag administrations and industry bodies, Marlins continues to enhance its reputation as global leaders in maritime elearning, training and English language testing.

The STCW courses approved include:

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • Maritime Security Awareness
  • Crisis Management and Human Behaviour
  • Crowd Management


Marlins STCW Security Courses vary according to:

  • the type of ship you work on
  • the Flag Approval you or your employer needs
  • your responsibilities on board.

If you are not sure which course to take, you should check with your company before continuing.

If you purchase the UK MCA approved course, you will only buy the STCW training course, not the assessment. You will receive a unique ‘Proof of Study Receipt’ to show you have taken the course. Then you must travel to a Marlins Approved Test Centre to take the STCW Security assessment under exam conditions. You may also need to pay a separate fee to the Approved Test Centre to take the assessment. Visit our website to learn more about our range of flag approved STCW elearning and to purchase directly online: Marlins shop

If you purchase the Isle of Man or Liberia Flag approved course, you can sit the final assessment online immediately after studying the material. This is included in the cost. You do not need to visit a Marlins Approved Test Centre.

You can check which flag states will accept this course by visiting this link. For example, you can see that the Cayman Islands have formally recognised this course.

Happy International Women’s Day to all seafarers, clients and colleagues worldwide. At Marlins we believe this day is not about women only, it’s about diversity and how we work together effectively as a team.

With only 2% of seafarers being women, we interviewed two inspirational female seafarers currently working on board a V.Ships vessel to hear whether life at sea is changing for women and asked for their insights into seafaring as a career path for more women.

In requesting this interview, the response from both the Captain Javellana and her Fleet Manager was “it would be more interesting to ask our male counterparts about their experience of having women on board, both from men at sea and ashore”. We would love to hear your views on working with female crew members on board.

Our thanks go to Captain Maria Jovellana and 4 Engineer Julebie Ornopia Morales, the two seafarers who sent us their insights:

Tell us who and what inspired you both to pursue a career as a Captain and as a 4th Engineer?

Maria: When I was a child, I always dreamed of becoming an astronaut but realised that my family wouldn’t be able to afford the education. Then one day, a group of smart young cadets visited our school and introduced us to the Maritime Academy of Asia Pacific (MAAP) and told us about their experience of becoming seafarers: that’s what inspired me at first. The education was free but aside from this, I knew in my heart that this kind of job would suit my personality well.

What continuously inspires and motivates me to pursue my career as a Captain are my family and simply that I love what I do. Inspiring and leading people, managing, overcoming challenging responsibilities and mostly the experience, not just learning from it but growing myself in so many aspects. A seafaring career doesn’t stop at you being a Captain, you continue to grow outside this role. The road to becoming a Captain is not easy but I would say I was lucky enough to have a strong moral support from my family and best friends.

Julebie: It was my sister (currently a 2 Engineer on board one of the Maersk Line vessels) who inspired me to pursue this career. Although, I am married now and have two kids, that doesn’t stop me from pursuing my goal to become a Chief Engineer. I am just lucky to have a very supportive family who embraces our life at sea as well.

Maria, you are the first female Captain from the Philippines, an amazing achievement. Have you managed to inspire other women to embark on careers at sea and how?

Maria: Thanks, but I never think of that: being the first is always an amazing achievement but more than that, I want to be recognised as a Master.

Yes, I continuously aim to inspire not just other women but also young men and women from around the world to embark on careers at sea. I love to teach, although it requires long patience but when I see that my students or colleagues are progressing well or even better than me, it’s a very satisfying feeling. I believe in the power of coaching and mentoring because I, myself was a product of it. It does not matter which nationality or where the mentor comes from, just having that opportunity is a lifetime gift.

There are a lot of women seafarer organisations around the world like our Women Seafarers Group where most activities and training include only women, led by our successful mentors or seniors who have made it to the top. Although this creates a strong cohesion for all women in maritime at the same it limits our interaction and acceptance of the full responsibility and reality of the shipping Industry – men also need to be part of the conversation around diversity. We are all called Seafarers with no gender preference regarding competence and proficiency.

Julebie, how about you? Have you managed to inspire other women to embark on careers at sea and how?

Julebie: Yes, I am a part of an organisation where we share our experiences on board with our fellow women seafarers that are about to start or just starting their careers at sea. From this, we learn from and motivate each other.

Maria, your current crew includes Julebie Morales, a female 4th engineer officer: what advice do you have for her and to young women considering a career in the shipping industry?

Maria: Firstly, they have to be true to themselves. They have to be sure that they would love this career, not just as an ordinary career path but rather as a choice that comes from the heart. They have to be ready at all times, not just theoretically but mentally and emotionally otherwise, a simple hardship/challenge can lure you away from this path.

We used to think about setting our goals in a SMART way but I have learned and wanted to share that the way to achieve our goals without exhausting ourselves is to do it with HEART:

H – Honest – make sure the goal is right for you and that you choose it yourself, that it is not imposed by someone else. It should be consistent with your other ambitions in life.

E – Exact – this means what exactly do we need in order to achieve our goals and work our way there?

A – Authentic – it should be consistent with your values and beliefs or aligned with your strengths and unique gifts

R – Realistic – it should be in line with your other obligations: do you have time, energy and motivation to complete this goal?

T – Timely- make a deadline for your goal – how long will each step take?

Julebie, what advice do you have for young women considering a career in the shipping industry

Julebie: I was one of the scholars of Marin Shipping (Dutch Company) with mainly tanker ships. The challenges of being an engineer onboard is that you have to be strong not just physically but emotionally and mentally considering that technical jobs require hard work and you have be a constant solution-seeker.

You just have to LOVE your work, so at the end of the day, no matter how hard life on board is, it will not matter at all. And for those women who are married or have kids, don’t stop pursuing your dreams, provided that you have a supportive family who will back you up.

Maria, you are not only a Master, you are also passionate about delivering chemical tanker training: what makes for a great trainer of seafarers?

Maria: Yes, I am so passionate about training because I wanted to impart not just my knowledge and skills but also the quality of experience which I had both on board and ashore. Learning in four corners of the room is good, learning from others’ experience is better, but learning from doing it yourself is the best. As trainers and mentors, we have to walk the talk. Students will learn best from their instructor if the instructor is still active in sailing – the learning is both ways….

What is missing from seafarer training today?

Maria: HEART. I guess, most seafarers just do the training because it is mandatory but a small percentage volunteer themselves to be trained. Most training is shore-based which takes away a lot of seafarers’ time when they should be with their families or loved ones. I don’t see too many companies like SeaTec Safety Services and Marlins nor too many owners that support the training-onboard program these days.

Julebie: APPLICATION. Most of the seafarers who take their training ashore do not apply it effectively when they are on board. Either the training is not effective or the seafarer is not paying attention when doing the training courses.

It is International Women’s Day. This year they have used the slogan #EachforEqual. Is equality still an issue in your day-to-day working lives at sea?

Maria: Currently on board, equality is not an issue – we are just lucky to work for both a ship owner and for V.Ships as a ship manager who support a complement of men and women on board their vessels. This requires a continuous focus on maintaining good morale and responsibility onboard and ashore.

Life in general, at times is not fair and equal but at least we are doing something to change it.

Julebie: It is my first time on board this vessel which is managed by V.Ships but I would say, I am lucky to be board on this vessel which promotes gender equality and diversity.

Are you a male seafarer with experience of working with female crew members on board? We would love to hear your views too.