Maritime English training for FLIP ports - Brixham

Tor Bay Harbour Authority and Western Training hosted an innovative programme for port managers on maritime english from 23rd to 25th September 2014.  the The course sought to use a variety of real life experiences  to show how a harbour deals with different stakeholders in the different areas of maritime activity in the UK and all the time underlined the maritime English required for the different scenarios. Tor Bay has recently completed a FLIP co-financed Master plan that served as a useful starting point for the course in order to outline some of the challenges that faced in the harbours.  The programme covered a variety of activities in order to provide FLIP port managers with different situations in which maritime English competence can be helpful to communicating and acquiring new knowledge or having a more in depth exchange on key issues faced by the partner FLIP ports in France. The programme formed the basis for a useful exchange of best practice around the key economic and technical barriers facing our small and medium sized ports in the Channel region. The programme benefitted from a number of specialist speakers who came to Brixham to discuss the impact of offshore renewables on ports who are already involved in the industry in the UK.  A number of the FLIP ports in France are significantly interested in this field and the programme sought to simulate some of the emergency procedures for different vessels in the Harbour with the correct radio communications used and the use of plain English in basic radio communication. This programme in Brixham was complimented by a visit to the Royal Navy harbour control room - 'the Long Room' - in Plymouth to see live navigation and Harbour issues. A visit to the fish market in Brixham with discussions later in the day covered the issues for the fishing industry in Tor Bay, which is a complex group of different organisations. Issues of regulation, health and safety were discussed and that challenge harbour authorities in such dangerous environments. The programme was concluded by looking at the legal protocols in Tor Bay Harbour and a session discussing the technical English covered by in the different sessions and visits. Participants also reflected on how future training might take advantage of new technologies and specialists joined the group to discuss the potential for distance learning to asssist personnel from busy small & medium sized ports to have more day to day access to innovative and tailor training opportunities where the demands for maritime english in the Channel region will grow in future.

The course handbook is attached for further information.