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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:

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

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