Maritime and Aviation English for Offshore Instillations

Maritime and Aviation English for Offshore Instillations

The word `Maritime` comes from the Latin word maritimus, which means "of the sea," The language of the sea is English in a world where multiple vessels, and to a lesser extent, ports, are manned by multinational crews. Good communication in Maritime English is essential for the creation and maintenance of effective working environments, the safety of the crew, and in general the safety of all Mariners at sea and ports.

In the Oil and Gas Industry, one must also include Aviation English as an additional source of reference, chiefly because of the requirement to manage Helicopters that are transiting to and from Offshore instillations with personnel and cargo. From the outset one must note that although this `Aviation/Maritime Language combination requirement that we referring to here is not for all Offshore disciplines, the requirement for Maritime English in the Offshore environment is nevertheless vital in ensuring two-way communication between all personnel remains fluent and serves as a primary role.

The application of standard maritime communication phrases which form part of Maritime English ensures that seafarers working both Offshore, as well as in shore-based maritime jobs are able to clearly communicate with each other, no matter what their native tongue is.

This course, which is specifically designed for the Offshore Industry, has been developed in accordance with the IMO Model 3.17 and Section A-II/4 of STCW 2010 requirements.

The outcome of this course is to serve as a manifestation of foundation English along with unique phrases, which focus on:

  1. Ship to ship communication,
  2. Ship to shore communication
  3. Helicopter Operations
  4. Offshore vessel familiarisation
  5. Internal communications on board a vessel.


Although both Maritime and Aviation English are viewed by most as a challenge on all levels, the concept of ``understanding through practising`` is what all seafarers regardless of their native tongue should be striving towards in support of a safe passage for all.

Should you wish to find out more about this course and the requirements, please email