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Marlins is a leading brand in English language testing, training and recruitment solutions for the shipping, cruise and offshore industries. Working closely with the ISF, UK MCA and the IMO, Marlins seeks to provide high quality and cost-effective training and assessment products which comply with the rigorous standards required by the shipping industry.

Gas Detectors eLearning course in partnership with Martek Marine

Thursday 9 June, 2016 

PRESS RELEASE

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.g4taoezeqdbkgbkhjhrw                  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. www.marlins.co.uk

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. www.martek-marine.com

Pipeline Inspection eLearning Course now available

Wednesday 17 February, 2016

A new global training coupipeline_inspectionrse 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 http://www.marlins.co.uk/elearning/pipeline-inspection/

New Course in partnership with International Paint

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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 http://www.marlins.co.uk/elearning/painting-and-surfaces/

 

Humanitarian Response eLearning Course Release

Friday 4 December, 2015

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.”

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.

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.”

New Approved Test Centre: Nieuw Amsterdam!

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.

Low Sulphur Fuel Change-Over eLearning

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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.

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English Language Testing and Training

We have a range of products designed for assessment and training of crews. These resources are used for recruitment and training purposes by key employers in ship management, marine leisure and offshore sectors and are implemented worldwide.

Our English Language Tests are online assessment tool, which tests your crew’s understanding of both written and spoken English and can be accessed at www.marlinstests.com. The Marlins Study Packs are comprehensive English language training course designed for independent study by seafarers of any rank or nationality.

STCW Security Training

Amendments to STCW now mean everyone employed or engaged on board ships must have an approved STCW security training certificate. For the first time, this includes concessionaires and hotel staff on cruise ships.

Our STCW Security Training courses are online courses, approved by the UK MCA, Isle of Man and Liberia Flag.