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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:

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

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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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