Information sharing to fight piracy and illegal fishing.
IMO's Chris Trelawny has visited the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre (MTISC-GoG), located in the Regional Maritime University of Accra, Ghana (24 July). The multinational centre provides advice and information to merchant shipping operating in the Gulf of Guinea. At the time of the visit over 630 ships were exchanging information with the centre. In recent months the centre has provided support to ships and authorities to assist in countering piracy and illegal fishing, as well as supporting search and rescue operations. The watchkeeping staff who operate this centre come from the navies of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, the Liberian Maritime Authority and from private companies and are supported by Merchant Navy liaison officers. The centre is funded by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, IMO Member Governments and by the IMO West and Central Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund.
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What are the main features of the Marlins Test?
Test users get the chance to practice each question type before they start the test and help information is available in 11 languages. A certificate of the user's result can be printed out at the end of the test.
The test is applicable to all grades of officers and ratings (including catering and hotel personnel) and focuses on the seafarers' understanding of English as opposed to their "seamanship" skills.
Who is the Test for?
The test is set withith the context of the oil and gas industry. However, it focuses on the ability to understand English as opposed to testing speacialised technical skills. It is suitable for all nationalities and positions regardless of whether they are based offshore or onshore.
The Marlins English Language Test is a online assessment tool, which tests Seafarers' understanding of both written and spoken (listening/ reading/ grammar and vocabulary) English.
Use of the Marlins English Language Test allows ship operators to demonstrate that seafarers, of whatever nationality and positions, have been assessed on their ability to communicate in English, a necessity that has been given additional emphasis by the ISM Code and the revised STCW Convention.
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