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New course entitled 'Humanitarian Response'

Human Rights at Sea partner with Marlins on new e-learning course

New course entitled 'Humanitarian Response'

UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), is pleased to announce their co-operation with maritime training provider, Marlins, on the development and endorsement of a new e-learning course addressing the rescuing of migrants at sea.

The new course, entitled “Humanitarian Response”, aims to provide learners 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, Founder of Human Rights at Sea, adds:“Whilst the rescue of migrants and trafficked people at sea seemingly represents an unwelcome 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 a norm as the migrant flows continue north through Africa and from the Middle East. This new and important training provides officers, crew and companies with up-to-date information to help prepare for an encounter with migrants and trafficked people in danger at sea requiring the duty to render assistance to be undertaken by commercial vessels. HRAS is pleased to be involved in its development and delivery.”


Notes to Editors:


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 Marlins

1st Floor, Skypark 8 Elliot Place Glasgow

G3 8EP

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 141 305 1370

Email: Web:

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS)

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) 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 & Founder

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) 9 Bedford Row

London WC1R 4AZ

United Kingdom

Email: Web:

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