As English is the most commonly used language in the international maritime industry, English language skills are significant tools in supporting the work and careers of seafarers.
Following an investigation of maritime training requirements by the IMEC Recruitment and Training Committee in 2007, it was concluded that there should be more emphasis on enhancing the level of English of seafarers worldwide.
As a result, since 2007 IMEC has been running a number of extremely successful English language programmes in the former Soviet Union, funded by the International Maritime Training Trust (IMTT).
The 120 hour courses are currently open free of charge to cadets studying within the academies located in Novorossiysk, Vladivostok and Petrozavodsk and are set at 2 levels – elementary for those cadets with no formal English training, and pre-intermediate for those with a high school pass in English.
At the end of the course the cadets should be able to communicate effectively in English both onboard and when talking to port officials.