Grupo Stier has become the first Marlins Approved Test Centre in the Canary Islands following a successful inspection last month.
The ship agency group, who also offer maritime and offshore training courses, will now be able to offer Marlins English Language testing as well as UK MCA approved STCW security testing (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).
“The inspection of potential test centres is an important part of the credibility a Marlins certificate offers to future employers,” explains Darren Cassidy, business development co-ordinator at Marlins. “Testing is conducted in a controlled environment, under supervision and with identity verification - providing assurance that test results accurately reflect the knowledge and ability of the candidate.”
“The Marlins process and achievement is one that has always been a goal for us, having experience first-hand with various cultures and nationalities,” says Grupo Stier centre manager, Terence O’Brien.
Ida Stier, chief executive officer, Grupo Stier adds: “We undertook the process to become a Marlins Approved Test Centre to help in the continued need to encourage seafarers and persons working in all maritime and offshore industries to increase and demonstrate their understanding of the working English language and to try and add to the continued assistance in the reduction of incidents and accidents at sea.”
Grupo Stier joins the wider Marlins Approved Test Centre network, which now extends to over 180 globally, offering seafarers access to accredited Marlins testing services in over 40 countries.
V.Group is the leading global marine and offshore vessel management and support services provider, with over 2,500 personnel based across more than 60 offices globally, supporting over 40,000 personnel in marine and offshore roles. www.vgrouplimited.com
Marlins, a V.Group business, is the leading brand in training solutions for the shipping industry. Working closely with industry partners, Marlins provides high quality, cost-effective training courses and assessment products, which comply with the rigorous standards required by the shipping and offshore industries. www.marlins.co.uk
Grupo Stier, present in the Canary Islands for the past twenty years, specialises in P&I, ship agents and maritime and offshore training. Grupo Stier’s training centre is the first in Spain to achieve accreditation under the approval body of OPITO. www.stier.es