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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:

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

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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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