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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.

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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:

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

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