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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:

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

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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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