Refresher TOSE training was carried out at V.Ships Istanbul’s Approved Test centre on 14th May. Congratulations to the team on completing the training successfully.
A warm welcome to Wall Street Institute – Civitavecchia, our first Approved Test Centre in Lazio, Italy. Situated close to the port, WSI – Civitavecchia offers seafarers a complete range of services to assist in securing all necessary documentations and certificates for shipboard work. <a href="http://www.wallstreet.it/i-nostri-centri/lazio/civitavecchia-rm.html]Click here to visit the website.
The UK Bribery Act 2010 will come into force in April 2011 with legislation that is tougher than anywhere else in the world. This new legislation has a global reach and if your company operates in the UK it will apply to all your staff worldwide.
The Act includes a specific corporate offence which requires companies to demonstrate that adequate procedures are in place to prevent or minimise the opportunities for bribery by employees and agents. Adequate procedures need to include company-wide training to demonstrate your company’s anti-bribery policy.
In preparation for the enforcement of this legislation, Marlins is introducing a new online course: Business Principles.
From 14 February 2011 there will be a small price increase in the Marlins English Language Test for Cruise Ship Staff from 10 USD to 12 USD per test. This will be the first price increase since the test was launched in 2007 and will ensure continued development and improvement of the product.
From 1 October 2010, Marlins will launch Version 4.2 of the ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers. The new version will include an increased database of test items and several improved features to ensure randomisation and test security.
There will be a small price increase to reflect the improved quality.
You can take advantage of the current price scale to top up your test accounts up to 30th September.
The Marlins online English Language Test Centre was launched in July 2007, replacing the original CD-based testing system. Since then more than 82,000 seafarers and 30,000 Cruise Ship staff have taken our tests in 145 countries. Employers worldwide rely on the test as an objective means of seafarer assessment. It is also recognised by the ISF, UK MCA and Irish Maritime Authority as evidence of English language competency for seafarers.
To ensure continued security of the test database, Marlins is committed to periodic upgrades of both the test content and the Test Centre administrative system. This helps protect our clients against unauthorised use and also ensures the product is up-to-date.
Marlins have already implemented some upgrades to the test administrative system with no charge to our clients. It has now become necessary to release an upgraded version of the content of the English Language Test for Seafarers with a small corresponding increase in price.
When will the upgrade be available?
The upgrade was launched on 1st October 2010.
This information will be prominently displayed on the Marlins Test Centre site and on the main Marlins website.
What will the cost be?
There is a small increase in the price, the first increase since 2007. From 1st October 2010 the ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers will increase from $10 USD to $12 USD per test. This continues to represent excellent value.
Discounts for bulk purchases will continue to be available on the following revised basis:
- 1000 to 1999 tests – USD11 per test
- 2000 to 2999 tests – USD10.5 per test
- 3000 to 3999 tests – USD10 per test
- Over 4000 tests – USD9.5 per test
What about the Marlins Tests for Cruise Ship Staff and Offshore Workers?
The price of the Marlins English Language Test for Cruise Ship Staff and Marlins English Language Test for Offshore Workers will stay the same throughout 2010 and will not increase until January 2011. The content of these tests will also be upgraded and the corresponding price increase will be announced separately.
Can we pre-purchase tests before the price rise?
Yes. It is possible to bulk buy tests at the current rates of $10 USD per test (with current discounts for orders of over 1000 tests) up to 30th September 2010.
What is the period of validity of the current version of the test?
Tests which you currently have in your account will remain valid until you have used them and you will get the full benefit of the upgraded test material from the launch date.
If you opt to pre-purchase additional tests before the price increase, the tests you buy at the current rate will not expire and will continue to be recognised by the UK MCA and Irish Maritime Authorities.
What does the upgrade include?
The ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers database of questions increases by 35% with a range of new questions focusing on current maritime issues and vocabulary. This will enhance randomisation of the test content across all sections of the test. Some existing test items will be removed.
Based on client requests and user feedback, other new features include:
- improved administrative tools making it easier to find and print certificates
- a new function to enable test candidates to print their certificate immediately after the test has been taken
- new help language screens in Indonesian language
- back end database upgrades to maintain product security.
How does this affect the offline version of the test?
The upgrade also applies to the offline (CD-ROM) version of the test. More information on upgrading your offline software will be released in the future.
Does the upgrade affect Marlins Approved Test Centres?
The information above applies to all users. There are no special or additional requirements for Marlins Approved Test Centres.
If you have any queries, please contact us.
Thank you for your continued use of the Marlins English Language Test System.
From the 1st July 2010, amendments to the ISM Code come into effect. The changes include a requirement for all companies to include Risk Management in their SMS. To help you comply and train your staff in Risk Assessment and Management, Marlins is offering 20% off our Risk Assessment CBT for July only! <a href="/products/cbt/risk]Download a trial or <a href="http://shop.marlins.co.uk]visit out online shop to buy.
Maritime Services International (MSi), Myanmar has been approved as the latest Marlins Approved Test Centre. MSi have just opened a brand new English for Seafarers course in Yangon. Also new to the Marlins Approved Test Centre Scheme is the Amoretti Armatori Group, Parma, Italy. Marlins would like to welcome both new members.
Marlins are proud sponsors of The Nautical Institute West of Scotland Branch seminar: “2010 Year of the Seafarer” – Challenges and Opportunities. Guest speakers include Captain Chawla of the Hebei Spirit/Samsung crane barge incident. Visit the <a href="http://www.wosni.co.uk/news.htm]WOSNI website for event details and registration.
Meet Marlins at The European Manning & Training Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia on 25 – 26 May 2010.
Visitors to Marlins stall eligible for free trials of Marlins online Test of English for Seafarers, for Cruise Ship Staff or for offshore Workers.
Marlins is to host a seminar on Thursday 25th February at the Piraeus Marine Club, Greece. Marlins Manager Catherine Logie will give a presentation on Practical Training Solutions for Complex Crewing Requirements followed by a reception.
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