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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:

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

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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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