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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:

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