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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:

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