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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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IHMA bursary announced!

Two bursaries open internationally to any current member, or currently applying member.

Covers 50% of applicable online course fees.

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

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

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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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