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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:

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

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