2020 brought a lot of challenges and a lot of changes to the way we all work.

Despite the difficulties brought by the global pandemic, we at Marlins continued to help our clients and seafarers by providing assessment, learning and training services.

In 2020, we were delighted to add 7 new Marlins Approved Test Centres to our Approved Test Centre network bringing the total number up to 207 in 48 countries.

This year, we have already added an additional 2 Marlins Approved Test Centres located in Italy. Both centres are open and ready to offer Marlins English language tests to external candidates. We would like to congratulate both companies on their approval status and give you a brief introduction to them:

  1. Centro Inizativa Democratica degli insegnanti dell’isola d’Ischia – Located in on the island of Ischia, near Naples. http://www.ischiacidi.it/

CIDI are now able to offer Marlins English Language Tests for Seafarers, Cruise Ship Staff and Offshore workers.

  1. Maritime Training Center SAS– Located in Torre del Greco, Naples https://www.formazionemarittima.it/

Maritime Training Center SAS offers Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers, Cruise Ship Staff and Offshore workers and also Marlins STCW UK MCA Approved Assessments.

Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, we are delighted we can still support seafarers to take their Marlins assessments  in new locations.

A full list of all Marlins Approved Test Centres and their full locations can be found on our website – https://marlins.co.uk/approved-test-centres/ .

Please contact us if you have any queries about the Marlins Approved Test Centre scheme: info@marlins.co.uk .

We are delighted to announce that Marlins has approved a new centre in San Pedro Sula, Cortes in Honduras. Our brand new Marlins Approved Test Centre ‘Universidad Cristiana Evangelica Nuevo Milenio- UCENM’ is now offering the Marlins English Language Testing and UK MCA flag approved Security Courses.

If the UCENM is the nearest Approved Test Centre to you, do not hesitate to contact them and book your assessment:

Email: lmaradiaga@ucenm.net

Phone: +(504)2557-0732 / +(504)2557-0728

Address: Barrio Suyapa, 4 y 5 calle, 13 avenida suroeste San Pedro Sula, Cortés

We are delighted to announce that Marlins has approved a new centre in Castel Volturno, Italy. Our brand new Marlins Approved Test Centre ‘Italian Maritime Academy Technologies’ is now offering the Marlins English Language Test as well as Marlins Test of Spoken English.

If the Italian Maritime Academy Technologies is the nearest Approved Test Centre to you, do not hesitate to contact them and book an English Language Test:


Contact number: +390815099303; +390815099487

Email: ima2006@libero.it

Location: Viale Degli Oleandri 1, 81030 Castel Volturno

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.”

Grupo Stier has become the first Marlins Approved Test Centre in the Canary Islands following a successful inspection last month.

The ship agency group, who also offer maritime and offshore training courses, will now be able to offer Marlins English Language testing as well as UK MCA approved STCW security testing (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).

“The inspection of potential test centres is an important part of the credibility a Marlins certificate offers to future employers,” explains Darren Cassidy, business development co-ordinator at Marlins. “Testing is conducted in a controlled environment, under supervision and with identity verification – providing assurance that test results accurately reflect the knowledge and ability of the candidate.”

“The Marlins process and achievement is one that has always been a goal for us, having experience first-hand with various cultures and nationalities,” says Grupo Stier centre manager, Terence O’Brien.

Ida Stier, chief executive officer, Grupo Stier adds: “We undertook the process to become a Marlins Approved Test Centre to help in the continued need to encourage seafarers and persons working in all maritime and offshore industries to increase and demonstrate their understanding of the working English language and to try and add to the continued assistance in the reduction of incidents and accidents at sea.”

Grupo Stier joins the wider Marlins Approved Test Centre network, which now extends to over 180 globally, offering seafarers access to accredited Marlins testing services in over 40 countries.