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