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

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

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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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