Welcome. If you're a registered user, please log-in. If not, please sign-up.
Hear more from the Course Director
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.


Join our IBC Academy LinkedIn Group for:

  • Course and industry news
  • Exclusive offers
  • Networking with your industry peers
  • And much more...

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.

Download Latest Information Now

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

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

Box line



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

Ensure you quote your membership number on the application form.


Funding Scheme


Supported & Approved By


IBC Academy is part of the Knowledge & Networking Division of Informa PLC


This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.