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

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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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