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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:

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

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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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