Assembly: 28th session, 26 November to 4 December 2013
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2014-2015 biennium:
Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:
China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.
Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:
Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden.
Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:
Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.
The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 28th Assembly, for its 111th session (on 5 December) and will elect its Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the next biennium.
The 28th session of the IMO Assembly is being held at IMO Headquarters, London, from 25 November to 4 December 2013. The Assembly is IMO’s highest governing body. All 170 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend, as are the intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co operation have been concluded, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO. The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Council.
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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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