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Why MarTEL?

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 poor communication.

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 self-study.

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.

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