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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!

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

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