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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 International 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:

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

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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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