|Short description:||'Seaspeak' project set up|
|Medium description:||Project to produce a regularised subset of English to meet the demands of maritime discourse.|
Started as a contract awarded to 'Language Management', a consultancy group, which was made up of Anthony Abrahams, Christopher Candlin, John Sinclair, Peter Strevens, John Webb, and Henry Widdowson. The project was financed by British Government's Department of Industry and Pergamon Press with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) being represented on the project Steering Committee. Extended the coverage of the already existent Standard Maritime Navigational Vocabulary.
Strevens and Weeks (1983) state the project was begun Dec., 1981. However, all Crystal sources state the project was begun in 1980.
Crystal refers to "Essential English for International Maritime Use" a term not mentioned in Strevens and Weeks (1983).