Marine Officers’ Training Centre
1-2 Wały Chrobrego St.
70-500 Szczecin, Poland
tel.: +48 91 48 09 477, +48 91 43 39 171
fax: +48 91 48 09 489
The centre runs training courses for merchant and fishing fleets officers. The scope of training offered is as follows:
- qualification courses, preparing for exams at operational and management levels in deck and engine departments (watch officers, Master Mariner and Chief Engineer certificates),
- specialized courses, e.g. radio (GMDSS, VHF and related), radar equipment operator (e.g.ARPA), carriage of hazardous cargo HAZMAT and others,
- updating courses covering new regulations, new technologies and equipment, such as ECDIS use, new elements of slow speed diesel engine diagnosis, new welding methods, etc.
To date, more than 2000 seafarers have taken part in Master Mariner courses, while Chief Engineer courses have been attended by over 1800 ship’s engineers. Apart from Polish sailors, among participants are Czechs, Slovaks, Ukrainians and Russians.
The centre meets the requirements of the STCW Convention and instructions of the competent ministry on the training centre arrangements and holds the necessary certificates:
Apart from being required for issuing certificates recognized by Polish and other maritime administrations, these documents express positive assessment by external institutions confirming that Szczecin-based Marine Officers Training Centre has adjusted its training arrangements to world standards of the STCW 78/95 Convention.
- quality management system ISO 9002 of 20 February 1998, granted by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance;
- recognition of a training centre No C-4\XI\98 issued by the Maritime Office in Szczecin;
- compliance of courses with the STCW’95 Convention - LR/WMC/001, issued by Warsash Maritime Centre and Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
The centre co-operates with the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. The centre aims to extend the collaboration with foreign ship owners.
Marine Rescue Training Centre
The Centre (MRTC) is one of the largest and best-equipped Polish TRAINING establishments of this type. Being a member of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) and having an accreditation of the Maritime Office in Szczecin, the Centre offers courses satisfying the International STCW 78/95 Convention.
The range of training courses, covering such areas as safety, rescue of life, protection of health and marine environment, aims at preparing trainees to respond in emergency and extreme situations. Theoretical classes are combined with practical field training in a basin 100 metres x 14 metres, where exercises are held for a certificate of training proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats and in fast rescue boats. Since June 2007 the Centre has been operating a unique facility for free fall boat drills.
MRTC’s convenient location next to the Odra River and Lake Dabie opens opportunities for students to practise sailing, rowing or to perform a variety of drills in life saving or environment protection, using SAR craft etc. All the equipment (fast rescue boats, life rafts, personal life saving appliances, fire fighting equipment) and the Centre’s facilities comply with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization.
The Marine Rescue Training Centre offers the following courses:
- training in tanker familiarization,
- advanced training in liquefied gas, chemical or oil tanker familiarization,
- elementary first aid,
- medical first aid,
- personal survival techniques,
- fire fighting (basic and advanced),
- personal safety and social responsibilities,
- proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats,
- proficiency in fast rescue boats,
- crowd management, passenger safety and safety for personnel providing direct services to passengers in passenger spaces on ro-ro passenger ships and others,
- crisis management, human behaviour and safety of passengers and cargo, hull integrity of ro-ro passenger ships and passenger ships other than ro-ro ships
- ADN expert for inland shipping.
The centre also runs courses required for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facilities Security Code and SOLAS 74 Convention:
- ship security officer,
- port facility security officer,
and training for ratings in ship security. Certificates of course completion are recognized by administrations of a number of countries: Liberia, Vanuatu, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Marshall Islands.
The Maritime English Center
- Distress Communication
- ISPS Code - basic glossary, orders, expressions
- Maritime English for Navigators
- Upper Intermediate Level
- Advanced Level
- Maritime English for Engineers
- Intermediate Level
- Upper Intermediate Level
- Maritime English for Specific Purposes
- Crash Course of Engineering English for Navigators
- Crash Course of Nautical English for Engineers
- Business English
- Marlin’s courses
- Upper Intermediate
- Marlins English Language Test
- Individual courses (on request)
- Owner’s sponsored courses (on request)
Department of Foreign Languages
1-2 Wały Chrobrego St.
70-500 Szczecin, Poland
tel: +48 91 48 09 377
fax: +48 91 48 09 377
The Department of Foreign Languages is an interfaculty unit where foreign languages (English and German) are taught to students of all faculties. The specific nature of international shipping requires from its participants a good command of English, the language used in trade, in various professional contexts. For navigators, a good knowledge of English is an absolute necessity, in particular within the scope of distress, safety and other urgent communication.
The experienced staff of the Department are committed to apply the highest standards in their work of preparing the students for their future professional tasks. The Department personnel consists of nineteen teachers of English and one teacher of German. Ten senior lecturers, nine lecturers and one language instructor, a secretary and a technical engineer — all of them do their best to provide top quality training to our students.
The qualified staff have high teaching skills and some marine experience, which makes it easier for them to teach maritime English. Keeping in touch with colleagues from other maritime educational institutions, the teachers take every opportunity to exchange teaching ideas and methods at international conferences and workshops.
The Department has a wide variety of publications and materials for teaching maritime English, including handbooks, recordings and own teaching materials, such as textbooks and tests. The Department facilities include a reading room, where a wide selection of reference books, dictionaries and access to the Internet are available to the staff and students. First year students come from various educational backgrounds. To optimize the teaching, students are divided into groups on the basis of results of a placement test which they sit before the beginning of the academic year.
The language instruction, divided into stages, follows the generally accepted standards with a focus on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. According to the syllabus, students first master their general English, only to pass on to maritime English in various professional contexts during later years of their studies. The Department has language labs and classrooms equipped with modern teaching aids, for example authentic recordings of marine ship-to-ship and other types of communication. Out teachers, although successfully using modern technology and new teaching techniques, still continue to practice the traditional communicative approach, such as teacher – student and student – student interactions.
Tiring as some classes may be, students love those in the computer lab. They find the wide selection of self-study and testing materials an interesting diversion. There, they can test themselves and prepare for the final exam to be taken at the end of each academic year. Our successful graduates are well prepared for work in the English-speaking environment of the shipping industry.