Course Overview

English for Maritime

In this course, learners are taught about different aspects of working on a ship, safety and emergency procedures, meteorology, cargo handling and more.

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1. Ship Parts & Types

Learn about different parts of a ship and how to identify and describe different types of vessels. Describe common ship actions and how to give and follow directions on a ship.

2. Jobs on a Ship

Describe roles onboard a ship by talking about daily duties and responsibilities.

3. Communication on a Ship

Understand standard wheel and engine orders and common VHF radio calls and transmissions.

4. Ship Safety & Emergencies

Give and understand instructions during an emergency and talk about ship safety procedures.

5. Distress Calls

Send and respond to marine emergency signals by using standard codes.

6. Passage Planning

Learn how to plot a course, and understand harbor traffic control signals and navigational warnings at sea.

7. Nautical Charts

Understand how to read and interpret nautical charts so to navigate the waters with ease.

8. Weather & Sea State

Describe marine meteorology by learning about sea state, wind speed, ocean currents and more.

9. Weather Forecasts & Warnings

Make predictions about marine weather and understand different weather warnings.

10. Cargo Handling

Learn about the cargo handling process and how to handle common hazardous cargo that ships carry.

11. Review

Review key concepts about the maritime industry covered in the course.

English for Maritime teaches international standards
  • The NATO alphabet
  • The Beaufort Scale
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Sea State Code
  • Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)
  • National Ocean Service (NOS/NOAA) nautical chart symbols
  • International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) nautical chart symbols
  • Navtex (Navigational Telex)

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