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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:

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

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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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