Press Release: Humanitarian Response eLearning Course launched

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Marlins is pleased to announce the launch of its new e-learning course, entitled ‘Humanitarian Response’. Developed in partnership with UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea, this new e-learning course addresses the rescue of refugees and migrants at sea.

The new course provides seafarers and shore personnel with:

  • An understanding of the reasons why migrants and refugees choose a sea route
  • Suggestions for planning and preparing ship and crew for possible involvement in large scale rescue operations
  • Guidelines and suggestions for vessels involved in the rescue of large numbers of migrants or refugees at sea.

‘Humanitarian Response’ builds on practical experience from private maritime security companies (PMSCs), vessel owners and managers, combined with the important legal and humanitarian perspectives. The aim is to address a significant knowledge gap in the maritime industry; ensuring an effective and efficient response to crisis scenarios involving migrants and refugees.


Mike Pearsall, Product Manager at Marlins, explains the rationale for this new e-learning course: “We are seeing harrowing scenes in the media of the often deadly journeys taken by migrants and their traffickers through the Mediterranean and South China seas.  The SOLAS Convention was never designed to accommodate large-scale rescue operations of migrants, so seafarers are facing an unpredictable challenge that they are not currently prepared for.”

David Hammond, CEO Human Rights at Sea, adds: “Whilst the rescue of migrants and trafficked people at sea can seemingly represent an additional burden to an overstretched shipping industry, the legal and moral obligations cannot be ignored. The issue is no longer an exception, but may well become the norm as the migrant flows continue north through Africa, from the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. This new and important training provides crew and companies with up-to-date information to help prepare for an encounter with migrants and trafficked people in danger at sea. Human Rights at Sea was very pleased to have been included in its development as a partner to Marlins.”

Marlins’ Humanitarian Response e-learning course is available to view or purchase on Marlins website:


Marlins, a business within V.Group, is the leading brand in training solutions for the shipping industry. Working closely with the ISF, UK MCA and IMO, Marlins provides high quality, cost effective training courses and assessment products which comply with the rigorous standards required by the shipping and offshore industries.

For further information:

Mike Pearsall
Product Manager
1st Floor, Skypark
8 Elliot Place
G3 8EP
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 141 305 1370


Human Rights at Sea

Human Rights at Sea is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1161673 which has been established for the benefit of the international community for matters concerning explicit engagement with human rights issues in the maritime environment.

For further information:

David Hammond
 CEO Human Rights at Sea

Langstone Technology Park | Langstone Road | Havant | PO9 1SA | UK

Email:  Web:

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