Our new elearning course aims to provide seafarers at all levels with the practical skills to prepare for a Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

With Port State Control inspections taking place worldwide, each maritime authority checks around 25 per cent of visiting vessels. Originating from the Netherlands, the aim of PSC inspections is to ensure shipboard living and working conditions meets the internationally agreed requirements.

Every year, each PSC region features a concentrated inspection campaign, which runs for three months from September to November. The focus is related to where high levels of deficiencies have been encountered by PSC officers or where new Convention requirements have recently entered into force. The campaign inspection runs alongside existing inspections. The focus from 1 September is the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) looking at living and working conditions, accommodation, hours of work and rest/food for example.

Catherine Logie, Marlins manager says: “The key to successful inspections is adequate preparation, which is often overlooked; some crews just hope it will be alright on the day. We know from seafarers’ feedback, they often feel ill-prepared and this can be a source of unnecessary stress for them. We very much view PSC inspections as an important element in assuring the health of fleets; the course helps crew understand how to prepare and why it’s important, for their own personal welfare, to meet the requirements at all times – not just when visiting a port.”

Marlins is offering a combined elearning package for both the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and PSC inspections. These are available individually or as part of the Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers.

Marking IMO’s Day of the Seafarer, Marlins and the charity, International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have created a new elearning course to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks.

Although there have been no successful attacks off Somalia for some time, piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping of seafarers in West Africa and Asia are a current concern. Indonesia recently released advice to vessels in the area to avoid certain danger areas, such as the South Philippine waters of the Sulu Sea, fearing piracy could rise to Somali levels. In some countries, training on piracy has become compulsory for seafarers prior to departure.

Over the past four years, ISWAN’s Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme has become a leading provider of piracy awareness training for seafarers. Based on industry best practice guides, ISWAN’s training courses give companies and manning agents a template for helping seafarers and their families deal with cases of armed robbery and piracy attack.

This interactive new elearning course on piracy, which draws on ISWAN’s expertise, provides seafarers with an understanding of anti-piracy measures and promotes strategies for dealing with an attack. The course focuses on ensuring seafarers have the mental resilience to remain strong during their ordeal. It also addresses the issue of post-traumatic stress, explaining what it is, how seafarers and their families can cope with the condition and where they can get help.

Roger Harris, executive director of ISWAN, said: “The experience of seafarers who have been attacked shows the benefit of preparation, training and drills. This new e-learning course will be a valuable addition for seafarers to learn about the issues of attack and capture without having to be in a classroom setting.”

Catherine Logie, manager of Marlins said: “With insight into how devastating a pirate attack can be for seafarers and their families, ISWAN and Marlins have combined their knowledge to provide practical guidance to all seafarers who may be at risk of piracy. This new elearning course brings piracy issues right up-to-date and makes industry best practice available to seafarers in any location.”

The new course will be available later next month (July) via the Marlins online shop and will be included in the next update for all subscribers to Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers.



Marlins has partnered with Martek Marine to create a new elearning course on gas detectors, which aims to help seafarers identify hazards associated with enclosed space entry.

A hot topic in the marine industry, exposure to unsafe atmospheric conditions represents one of the most serious hazards on board. Marlins’ new elearning course, which brings the technical material to life through interactive and engaging content, allows seafarers to review and enhance knowledge by working at their own pace.

An assessment is built into the course, enabling vessel owners and managers to check their crews’ understanding and track results of learning.

Mike Pearsall, product manager at Marlins said: “As a leader in the innovation of safety and environmental marine systems, Martek Marine was the partner of choice in the development of this safety course. With an advanced range of fixed and portable gas detectors available, Martek Marine’s team ensured the subject matter is both accurate and accessible.”

Steve Coulson, director of Martek Marine, added: “We were keen to collaborate with Marlins on this initiative to support best practice when using gas detectors and to demonstrate Martek Marine’s commitment to the safety of lives at sea, without solely focusing on our product lines.”

The new course is available via the Marlins online shop and will be included in the next update for all subscribers to the Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers. The course will also be offered to all Martek Marine clients as an additional training aid for their gas detector and calibration packages.

Marlins is the leading brand in training solutions for the shipping industry. Working closely with industry partners, Marlins provides high quality, cost-effective training courses and assessment products, which comply with the rigorous standards required by the shipping and offshore industries.

Martek Marine is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of marine equipment across the globe – we’re dedicated to making your fleet compliant with safety, environmental, medical, and navigation marine regulations.

A new global training course has been released to support the effective identification, inspection and maintenance of ship’s piping. “Pipeline Inspection” has been developed using the expertise of The Standard Club in loss prevention and based on the guidelines developed with RINA Services. It has been created by maritime technical training specialists, Marlins, to be easily accessible to all crew in an online e-learning format.

Pipelines have a number of functions on board the vessel, from conveying cargo to carrying water and fuel around the vessel. Due to its location, pipework can often be neglected, causing major disruption, time off charter and costly repairs should it fail. Pipeline Inspection offers a practical guide on the types of pipework that can be found on board, advice on effective maintenance and suggestions for repairs in the event of pipe failure.

Pipeline Inspection is designed to be undertaken by any officer with responsibility for pipeline inspection and maintenance. Highly visual and engaging imagery and diagrams are used throughout the course, to maximise user understanding of the subject matter, resulting in the effective identification, inspection and maintenance of ship’s piping.

Eric Murdoch, Chief Surveyor at The Standard Club, said: “Everyone knows about the effect of corrosion on a ship’s hull, but few people consider the effect of corrosion on piping. Pipes pose a hidden danger, a danger that is often forgotten or ignored. This course has been designed to help support the long-term maintenance and performance of onboard pipework, to ensure the smooth running of the ship.”

Catherine Logie, Manager of Marlins, said: “The delivery of effective and universally understandable training solutions is key to furthering seafarers’ learning and development. By applying the industry-leading knowledge and experience of The Standard Club and RINA Services to an interactive e-learning course, we’ve been able to effectively communicate the importance of pipeline inspection and maintenance to deck and engine officers.”

Pipeline Inspection will be included in the next update to the Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers. The course can also be purchased via the Marlins online shop and is available to The Standard Club members at a discounted rate, further details will be sent.

For more information on Pipeline Inspection, please visit https://www.marlins.co.uk/elearning/pipeline-inspection/

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first new e-learning course of 2016, “Painting and Surfaces“. Developed in partnership with AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, this new global training solution supports the effective onboard application and maintenance of marine coatings. Painting and Surfaces combines the expertise of AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business and its market leading brand International® with Marlins’ advanced capabilities in training development and delivery, creating an e-learning programme that supports the long-term maintenance and performance of coatings.

Onboard maintenance of marine coatings plays a key role in protecting a vessel during its docking cycle by ensuring minimal risk of corrosion and the maintenance of a ship’s overall cosmetic appearance. Effective onboard maintenance of marine coatings also helps to reduce necessary remedial work and associated costs when a vessel comes to dry dock,

Painting and Surfaces is designed to be undertaken by any seafarer with responsibility for marine coatings. Highly visual and engaging imagery is used throughout the course to maximize user understanding of the subject matter.

Robert Wong, Marketing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business explains: “There are significant benefits of undertaking effective onboard marine coatings maintenance, both in terms of reducing long-term operational costs and improving a vessel’s overall maintenance and operation standards. Painting and Surfaces deconstructs the complexities of coating application, and educates a ship’s crew in an easy-to-understand and approachable manner.”

Mike Pearsall, Product Manager, Marlins, adds: “In a truly global industry such as shipping, the importance of delivering effective and universally understandable training solutions is key to furthering seafarers’ learning and development. By applying AkzoNobel’s in-depth knowledge and experience of marine coatings to an interactive e-learning course, we’ve been able to effectively communicate the importance of marine coating application and onboard maintenance to seafarers.”

“Painting and Surfaces” will be included in the next update to the Marlins eLearning Suite for Seafarers. The course can also be purchased by individuals via the Marlins online shop, as well as being available to clients of AkzoNobel marine coatings brand International® as part of their package or as an optional add-on.

For more information on Painting and Surfaces please visit http://www.international-marine.com/seastores and https://www.marlins.co.uk/elearning/painting-and-surfaces/

Marlins is pleased to announce the launch of its new e-learning course, entitled ‘Humanitarian Response’. Developed in partnership with UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), this new e-learning course addresses the rescue of refugees and migrants at sea.

The new course provides seafarers and shore personnel with:

• An understanding of the reasons why migrants and refugees choose a sea route
• Suggestions for planning and preparing ship and crew for possible involvement in large scale rescue operations
• Guidelines and suggestions for vessels involved in the rescue of large numbers of migrants or refugees at sea.

Humanitarian Response builds on practical experience from private maritime security companies (PMSCs), vessel owners and managers, combined with the important legal and humanitarian perspectives. The aim is to address a significant knowledge gap in the maritime industry; ensuring an effective and efficient response to crisis scenarios involving migrants and refugees.

Mike Pearsall, Product Manager at Marlins, explains the rationale for this new e-learning course: “We are seeing harrowing scenes in the media of the often deadly journeys taken by migrants and their traffickers through the Mediterranean and South China seas. The SOLAS Convention was never designed to accommodate large-scale rescue operations of migrants, so seafarers are facing an unpredictable challenge that they are not currently prepared for.”

David Hammond, Founder of Human Rights at Sea, adds:
“Whilst the rescue of migrants and trafficked people at sea seemingly represents an unwelcome additional burden to an overstretched shipping industry, the legal and moral obligations cannot be ignored. The issue is no longer an exception, but may well become a norm as the migrant flows continue north through Africa and from the Middle East. This new and important training provides officers, crew and companies with up-to-date information to help prepare for an encounter with migrants and trafficked people in danger at sea requiring the duty to render assistance to be undertaken by commercial vessels.”

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.

Catherine Logie, Marlins & Robyn Dally, HA Group

Catherine Logie, Marlins & Robyn Dally, HA Group

Holland America Group’s Seattle office has become the first Marlins Approved Test Centre in the USA.

Catherine Logie, Marlins Manager, recently completed an audit of the Seattle HA Group office.

Their newly-acquired Approved Test Centre status enables HA Group’s Seattle office to offer onshore Marlins STCW Security and English Language testing to crew members from any of the HA Group brands. This provides a valuable crew testing solution, allowing HA Group’s ships to focus their time on other essential onboard training.

Holland America Line has been using Marlins testing since 1997, and the relationship continues to thrive with the Approved Test Centre certification of the entire Holland America fleet and HAL training facilities located in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in the Netherlands.

Through partnership with Marlins, Holland America Line was able to ensure compliance with STCW Security certification for all its crew prior to 1st July 2015.

Marlins has a worldwide network of Approved Test Centres. Contact us for more information on becoming a Marlins ATC.

Thursday 16 July, 2015

We are delighted to welcome two new Approved Test Centres in India:

Mike Pearsall, Product Manager at Marlins, recently completed the two successful audits.

Girik Institute of Maritime Studies - audited June 2015

Girik Institute of Maritime Studies – audited June 2015

Ryan Ship Management - audited June 2015

Ryan Ship Management – audited June 2015

Contact us if you are interested in joining the Marlins Approved Test Centre Network.