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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!

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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:

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

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