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In-Company Training

A thorough programme exploring the roles and responsibilities of today's Harbour Masters
The course for you!

Whether you are an existing harbour master or perhaps looking for a shore based role, it is the perfect solution to your training needs!

About distance learning

Flexible, easily accessible, cost effective, global classroom.

Just some of the reasons why it is the best training solution for you.

In-company training for your business

Distance learning, instructor led workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery for corporate groups.

The Diploma for Harbour Masters part-time distance learning training course - delivered by IBC Academy and supported by the International Harbour Masters' Association

Professional Development Training Course for Harbour Masters and Marine Personnel - Programme Overview

The globally recognised Diploma for Harbour Masters distance learning course provides the marine safety and management knowledge required by harbour masters and port captains around the world, as well as their deputies and staff, as well as others with responsibility for the marine functions of a port or harbour.

This harbour master professional development training programme addresses the work of the Harbour Master and is studied by part-time distance learning with study designed to fit around busy work schedules.  The course is also ideal for anyone with an interest in preparing themselves to enter this profession, particularly seafarers. For the full list of who would benefit from this course, click here.

Also available for dedicated in-company delivery by distance learning or instructor led workshops, including individual subject modules.


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This international Harbour Master course was developed in partnership with the IHMA and the UKHMA

It's also recognised by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as a professional foundation and development distance learning course for harbour masters and their personnel. The course addresses the UK National Occupational Standards for Harbour Masters as well as the Port Marine Safety Code. The course attracts representatives from ports and maritime administrations around the world.

The course has also been recognised by the University of Middlesex (London) and successful Diploma students qualify for advanced standing entry to a MBA (Harbour Masters) which can also be completed by part-time distance learning study.

The most detailed development programme available for all involved in port marine safety management

Harbour masters, and their wider team, are uniquely responsible for managing marine safety in the port. Nowadays, the management of shipping movements within confined waters, together with vessel safety and security, are complex and demanding tasks. This requires a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation, risk control techniques and navigational management.
Delivered in 11 detailed study modules, this Diploma provides that knowledge. Download the Diploma for Harbour Masters course prospectus here.

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Companies whose personnel have already benefitted from the Diploma for Harbour Masters course include:

  • Port of Tyne Authority
  • Eyemouth Harbour Trust
  • Fremantle Ports
  • Gibraltar Port Authority
  • Bay Ship and Boat Company
  • Dubai Maritime City
  • Fenland District Council
  • Oman Terminal Towage Company
  • Port of Melbourne Corporation
  • Port Authority of Turks & Caicos Islands
  • DP World
  • Serco Marine Services
  • Bristol Port Company
  • Nigerian Ports Authority
  • Gloucester Harbour Trustees
  • Port Hedland Port Authority
  • JadeWeserPort
  • Woolwich Free Ferry, London
  • Itajai Praticos
  • Flectcher Shipping Ltd
  • Illichivsk Sea Commercial Port
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Port of Yuzhny
  • Stevin Rock LLC
  • Shoreham Port Authority
  • Associated British Ports
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Royal Navy (UK)
  • Babcock International Group
  • Lymington Harbour Authority
  • Port of Oslo
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary (UK)
  • Mauritius Ports Authority
  • Petrotrin
  • Ullapool
  • Dock Office Fleetwood
  • Consorcio de Gestion del Puerto de Bahia Blanca
  • Supreme Petroleum Council
  • Port of London Authority
  • Rye Harbour Authority
  • North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners
  • RasGas
  • Ventspils Free Port Authority
  • Chichester Harbour Master Conservancy
  • Environment Bay of Plenty
  • Royal Australian Navy
  • General Organisation of Sea Ports, Bahrain
  • Port of Sillamäe (SILPORT)
  • Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority
  • Salcombe Harbour Authority
  • Esperance Port Authority
  • Port of Cork Company
  • Cowes Harbour Commissioners
  • Isle of Man Government
  • Forth Ports
  • Duchy of Cornwall
  • Jersey Harbours
  • Broome Port Authority
  • Abu Dhabi Ports Company
  • A.A. Turki Group
  • Namibian Ports Authority
  • Transport Malta
  • Port Autonone Internacional de Djibouti
  • Camara Argentina de Practicaje y Pilotaje
  • Venice Pilot Authority
  • Port of Waterford
  • Royal Navy of Oman
  • APM Terminals
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
  • Barbados Port Inc
  • Stena Line
  • Ministry of Defence (UK)
  • Ports de Les Illes Balears
  • Brighton Marina Company Ltd
  • Port of Galveston
  • Environment Agency (UK)
  • SeaTruck Ferries
  • Government of Grenada
  • Highland Harbours
  • PT Krakatan Bandar Samudera
  • Namport
  • Port of Salalah
  • Petroleum Company of Trinidad And Tobago
  • Northern Lighthouse Board
  • ABP Hull
  • Esso Norge AS
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • River Hamble Harbour Authority
  • Curacao Ports Authority
  • Ministry of Education (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Caledonian Maritime Assets
  • Shannon Foynes Port Company
  • Port of Southampton
  • Mersey Ports
  • Looe Harbour Commissioners
  • Maritime Administration of Taman Ports
  • Atlantic LNG
  • Kefalonia Marine Academy
  • British Waterways
  • Berwick Harbour Commission
  • Porti Sea Port Corporation
  • National Ports Authority
  • Esnaad - Adnoc Group
  • Poole Harbour Commissioners
  • Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
  • Portsmouth Commercial Port
  • Port of Barcelona
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ports of Jersey
  • Portsmouth Port Authority
  • Royal Canadian Navy
  • Transnet National Ports Authority of South Africa
  • McDermott Caspian Contractors
  • Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
  • Ashdod Port
  • The Bristol Port Company
  • Port of Portland
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Municipal Port Authority Den Helder
  • Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • Nakheel Dubai Waterfront
  • Bintulu Port Sdn
  • St Margaret's Hope Pier Trustees
  • Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd
  • Albany Port Authority
  • Londonderry Port
  • St Maarten Ports Authority
  • Peel Ports
  • Milford Haven Port Authority
  • Reed Smith
  • Dampier Port Auhtority
  • Gibraltar Pilots
  • Grenada Ports Authority
  • United Nations

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International Association of Ports and Harbours, International Harbour Masters Association & UK Harbour Masters Association members are entitled to a 15% reduction on this course.

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