Presently, there are no recognised international or European standards for the assessment
of the English Language skills of seafarers. According to recent IMO statistics,
80% of accidents taking place at sea are caused by human error, with half due to
MarTEL has established a set of tests and standards transferring innovation from
existing English language standards, the IMO Maritime English 3.17 model course
and IMO’s Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP). The MarTEL materials are
all in-line with the latest STCW convention requirements.
MarTEL provides tests and standards equivalent to those held by TOEFL and IELTS,
specific to the maritime industry. MarTEL has developed a wide range of tests for
deck and engineering ratings, cadets, and junior and senior officers, which can
be taken online or are examiner-led.
MarTEL includes a range of products, including 9 tests, comprehensive study guidelines
and teacher’s guidelines, a test centre handbook and a mobile application to aid
MarTEL provides a range of specialised training and teacher training courses in
Maritime English, which are bespoke and can be independent of the MarTEL Tests.
MarTEL has recently been presented at IMO committee meetings and the European Parliament.