New eLearning Course in partnership with International Paint

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/

Humanitarian Response eLearning Course Release

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.”

International Maritime English Conference in Malaysia

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!

English Language Training at Teekay

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.

Holland America Group Seattle: first USA Marlins Approved Test Centre

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.

2 New Approved Test Centres | India

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.

Human Rights at Sea partner with Marlins on new e-learning course

Monday 13 July, 2015

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Marlins are pleased to announce our co-operation with UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), on the development and endorsement of a new e-learning course addressing the rescuing of migrants at sea.

The new course, entitled “Humanitarian Response”, aims to provide learners 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. HRAS is pleased to be involved in its development and delivery.”

STCW Security compliance deadline | 1st July 2015

Today, 1st July, is the enforcement date for Port State Control to ensure full compliance with STCW Security Training.Security Awareness Certificate

All personnel employed or engaged in any capacity, on board ships required to comply with the ISPS Code, must now hold an STCW Security Certificate of Proficiency at a level commensurate with their duties. For the first time, this applies to all hotel and concession staff, as well as seafarers.

Over 6,000 individuals from 104 countries have now undertaken Marlins STCW Security courses to ensure they obtain their STCW Security certificate.

Holland America Line has implemented Marlins’ online solution for UK MCA approved Security Awareness Training across their entire fleet and shore locations.

V.Ships, Silversea, Steiner and many other companies have also opted to use Marlins’ STCW Security training – selecting from our Liberian, IOM and UK MCA approvals.

Click here to choose your appropriate course and obtain your Marlins STCW Certificate of Proficiency.

 

 

Latest Vessel Filming | June 2015

We have recently completed filming of a new training video on navigational safety, covering themes such as passage planning, bridge resource management and working with pilots. 

Filming took place over 3 days, on board the CSCL VENUS, between Felixstowe and Rotterdam.

Thank you very much to Captain Gavryov and his crew for welcoming us on board and supporting us throughout.

© Chris Pearsall Photography 2015

Marlins STCW Security Training | June 2015

All Marlins Security Courses are Flag Approved

All Marlins Security Courses are Flag Approved

As the compliance deadline of Wednesday 1st July fast approaches, our client Genesis Personnel are very busy running Marlins STCW Security training at their Approved Test Centres. Moira Murawiecka of Genesis Personnel explains:

“It’s been a busy month here at Genesis Personnel as we have been running multiple ship security duties/awareness courses and tests ahead of the 1st July deadline. Seafarers requiring these courses must have them completed by this date to ensure they meet the new regulations. The STCW Code as amended by the Manila amendments (2010) contains new requirements regarding security training. This training is required by all personnel employed or engaged onboard ships to which the ISPS Code applies. These regulations came into force on 1st January 2012. However, Port State Control officers have been requested by the IMO not to enforce these regulations until 1st July 2015, which is now fast approaching! To get qualified to meet these regulations don’t delay, book today!”

Click here for more information about our STCW Security eLearning courses with 3 flag approvals.