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Code No: 829

Guided Learning Hours: 6 hours



The MS Marine Language is a multi-media training tool for training marine language and competency skills in a self-study environment. Based on different, real-life scenarios, trainees can familiarise themselves with routine activities and emergency procedures, as well as the corresponding marine communication and vocabulary.

It is suitable for:

  • Evaluation of language and competency skill
  • Content training
  • Training in routine and distress communications
  • Marine language training according to the Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCPs) of the IMO
  • Instructor-guided training and self-study

Comprehensive dialogue sections contain a number of exercises designed to expand a person's ability to understand spoken messages and respond to them orally.

International Standards in SeafaringIn accordance with the ISM Code and STCW Convention, there is a growing demand for the training of mariners and service personnel.

Today, comprehensive knowledge is required in the technical fields of safety, emergency situations and risk management. Due to the multi-national character of ships' crews, appropriate maritime English has to be added to these abilities in order to guarantee higher safety at sea as demanded by the international standards.

Several scenarios based on real-life situations have been created to introduce the user to the special vocabulary that makes up SMCPs and to make the practising of the phrases more effective.

The user can also listen to routine or distress communications in order to give him/her a real impression of the situations.


The following scenarios are included:

  • Vessel Traffic Service
  • Passenger care
  • Fire on board
  • Search and rescue
  • Collision

Vessel Traffic Service:The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) module is suitable for training personnel such as VTS operators and navigators in the use of the Standard Marine Communication Phrases they are most likely to hear and need to use.

The Vessel Traffic Service module covers the following:-

  • Approaching the Port
  • Leaving the Port
  • Pilotage
  • Tug Assistance

Fire on Board:According to international regulations, all passengers on board must be assemble for a drill which has to take place within 24 hours of leaving a port.This module supports the training of all phrases required to inform passengers in a correct manner.

Passenger Care:The phrases in this module should be used by Masters, officers and crew members of passenger ships and ferries to inform the passengers about safety aspects and to organise their conduct in case of emergency.

Search and Rescue:The Search and Rescue module provides the Captain and his crew with good emergency vocabulary so they are prepared to use these phrases, when required, correctly and without hesitation. This module mainly describes the distress communication among the ships participating in a search and rescue operation.

Collision:What has to be done in case of an emergency like collision, ground or sinking? This module tells the story of a real collision and includes external communications, onboard communications and the emergency steps taken to master the situation.

MS Marine Language generates a new learning process on board and ashore:

  • Active test competency
  • Flexible learning environment on board/ashore
  • Independence of local and temporal restrictions
  • Audio record function
  • Immediate evaluation and feedback of learning results
  • Flexible individual syllabus

Routine and Distress Communications:These modules concentrate on the phrases used in routine and distress communications, assisted by a multi-media environment.

Routine Communication:Phrases for acquiring and providing traffic data, navigational assistance service, traffic organisation, VTS services and communication with emergency and allied services.

Distress Communication:Phrases for distress, search and rescue communication, request for medical assistance, urgency traffic, safety communication and special situations such as communicating with ice breakers and helicopters.

Content TrainingThe contents are dedicated to train and test the user's knowledge of the SMCP's underlying principles, such as the correct application of message markers and instructions, the proper use of maritime vocabulary and the structure of phrases.

Approved by:
Panama Maritime Authority,