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.”

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.



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

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.

On board HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam ship - new ATC audited June 2015.
On board HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam ship – new ATC audited June 2015.

We are delighted to welcome Holland America Line’s ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam, as Marlins’ first on-board Approved Test Centre. The audit was successfully completed in Italy on Monday 1st June.

Holland America Line have adopted Marlins’ STCW Security Awareness training course with UK MCA Approval to ensure compliance before the enforcement date of 1st July.

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

Marlins' first Approved Test Centre in HCMC, Vietnam - opened May 2015
Marlins’ first Approved Test Centre in HCMC, Vietnam – audited May 2015.

We are delighted to welcome three new Approved Test Centres to our network:

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

We’re very excited to be rolling out our new logo this week.  You may have seen it at the top of our main website.

The decision to change our logo comes as we enter our 21st year of business.  The previous Marlins’ logo has served us very well over the past twenty years, however, it is now time for a more fresh and modern appearance.

Over the coming weeks, you’ll see our new logo and colours appearing on everything from our Marlins Online Test Platform, Online Shop and Learning Platform, to our social media channels*, Helpdesk and, of course, our English language and e-learning certificates.

All certificates issued before the logo change will remain valid.  The only exception to this is Marlins STCW Security certificates issued under our SMNO flag approval, which expired on 31st December 2014.

Approved Test Centres are requested to contact us to update their details and order replacement signs and certificates for their offices.

If you have any questions regarding our rebranding, please contact us via

* Remember, you can find and follow Marlins on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Issuu, Vimeo, Google+ and YouTube

Low sulphur fuel management is required by MARPOL Annex VI. On 1st January 2015, the sulphur limit of fuel oil used by vessels within Emission Control Areas will be reduced from 1% to 0.10%. Port State Control are enforcing these limits using a variety of techniques including “Sniffing Technology” deployed on bridges and drones as well Port State Control Inspections.

Failure to comply with the regulations could result in vessel detention or prosecution. Cases have been reported of accidental contamination where a relatively small amount of heavy fuel oil commingled with low sulphur content to exceed minimum sulphur levels.

To help ensure your crew are aware of the issues involved in changing over to low sulphur fuel, Marlins have developed an eLearning course that covers:

  • the rules and requirements for low sulphur fuel
  • the factors to consider when planning to switch from Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) to Marine Gas Oil (MGO)
  • considerations when using low sulphur fuel
  • fuel change-over procedures
  • log books and record keeping requirements.

Marlins Test Platform ( is currently down for maintenance and will be available again from 17:30 (GMT) on 10th September. We apolgise for any inconvenience.

We are delighted to welcome three new Approved Test Centres in India to our network. Bibby Ship Management have had two offices successfully audited, the Sir Derek Bibby Maritime Training Centre in Mahim, west Mumbai and their office in Andheri, east Mumbai.

AIMS Institute of Maritime Studies have also had their office in successfully audited in Central Business District, Belapur, Mumbai. All three audits were carried out by Captain Robert Vaz.
Contact us if you are interested in joining the Marlins Approved Test Centre Network.