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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 International 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:

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

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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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