Effective communication is a mandatory requirement of the IMO STCW Convention to ensure the safety of crews and vessels. This flagship new Maritime English programme developed by Marlins aims to support seafarers from the marine engine department with essential language skills.

Set on the “MV Marlin”, each unit has a different maritime theme which also integrates grammar, maritime vocabulary, IMO’s SMCP and pronunciation into a comprehensive self-study programme.

The course includes a variety of highly creative, interactive speaking, listening and reading tasks to engage and motivate the learner throughout. An in-built speech recording facility allows learners to compare their own speech with that of a native speaker and encourages self-directed practice.


Unit 1: Welcome on Board
The first unit in the series welcomes the learners on board with a number of interactive tasks designed to improve reading, sentence structure, word stress, pronunciation and listening skills.
Learners are also immersed in emergency scenarios to which they have to respond using the IMO Standard Maritime Communication Phrases (SMCP).

Unit 2: Personal Safety On Board
Unit 2 shifts the focus to onboard safety and further develops the skills learned in the first module. Learners also identify and practise the Present Continuous tense as well as prepositions of place.
Furthermore, learners are presented with a variety of interactive tasks that helps them to interpret warning signs, identify correct PPE, read safety guidelines and improve verbal and written communication.

Unit 3: Watchkeeping
The third unit in the series moves down to the engine room and addresses some of the communication issues found there.
The focus is on the Present Simple tense along with prepositions of time.
A series of engaging and interactive tasks have been designed to improve the learners’ reading, listening and accuracy skills. There is another opportunity for the learners to engage in an SMCP dialogue.

Unit 4: Incidents on Board
The fourth unit uses incidents on board to explore the importance giving and receiving instruction.
Interactive tasks focus on incidents ranging from routine electrical tasks to reporting and dealing with onboard fires. These incidents enable the learners to explore regular and irregular verbs in the Simple Past tense as well as develop their pronunciation, reading and listening skills.

Unit 5: Arrival in Port
The final unit is host to a variety of engaging tasks based on the subject of arriving and spending time in port.
In addition to the further enhancement of reading, listening and speaking skills in English, learners are introduced to adjectives, comparatives and the complexities of using will and going to for planned or spontaneous actions.


Each unit concludes with a short revision task to reinforce the learning and provide feedback.

  • Marine Engineer
  • All vessels
  • 3.5 hours