Effective communication is a mandatory requirement of the IMO STCW Convention to ensure the safety of crews and vessels.
PMA conducts MARINE ENGLISH COURSE & E-Learning & The course includes a variety of highly creative, interactive speaking, listening and reading tasks to
engage and motivate the learner throughout. An in-built speech recording facility allows learners to compare their own speech with that of a native speaker and
encourages self-directed practice.
Entire crew doesn’t belong to a single nationality
The shipping industry is not bound to a specific country or region. It is international. Therefore, there are persons belonging to different nationalities on a
single vessel. Since English is a universal language; it is the only way seafarers could effectively communicate among one another. Hence, learning the proper
use of Maritime English is very important; especially for the young apprentices.
Majority of the maritime accidents happen due to bad communication
A majority of the maritime accidents occur due to mistakes on the part of a human and one can attribute a significant number of these maritime accidents to bad
communication. If a seafarer is not utilizing standard Maritime English aboard a vessel, miscommunication is likely to happen. This miscommunication could cost
the life of another seafarer and can even put the integrity of the vessel in danger. Hence, it is exceedingly important to utilize standard Maritime English
especially for those who are involved in operational situations.
Maritime English is a standard
In the initial days of the shipping industry, each nation had its own language of communication which they hailed as a standard. As the shipping industry grew
and a single ship started traveling to various nations of the world, the language barrier created many hurdles. Seeing this, the Maritime English came up and
the same was adopted as a standard language for seafarers all around the world. After the introduction of Maritime English, the operational hurdles, accidents,
and mishaps drastically reduced.
Be prepared in case of emergencies
Please note that an emergency on the vessel can arise anytime. It may be fire or a man could be overboard. In such cases, it is important for a seafarer to
respond accordingly. You will, indeed, be taught the steps to deal with an emergency onboard, however, the same will be in Maritime English. Hence, if you are
not proficient in Maritime English, you won’t be able to respond to emergencies effectively thereby resulting in further accidents, mishaps, and even tragedies.
Overall, Maritime English is very important for a seafarer to communicate efficaciously when onboard a vessel, therefore, all the aspiring seafarers must give
adequate time towards grasping Maritime English and achieve fluency in the same.