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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:

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

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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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